Strip Malls and Big Box Stores Connected to Increase in Serious/Deadly Traffic Accidents Among Senior Citizens

“According to a new report [PDF] from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, the nearly ubiquitous giant-parking-lot-plus-giant-retail outlet is associated with higher risks of injurious and deadly traffic accidents among people 75 and older. Seventy-five is the age when older adults become substantially more likely than other age cohorts to experience injury or fatality as a result of a traffic accident, mainly because of their increasingly frail bodies, but also due to their waning hearing and eyesight.”

Read more here.

I’ d never really thought about it before, but this is fairly intuitive.

Another problem is that in many areas, seniors are underserved by public transit.  That’s certainly the case in the Allentown Metro.

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