Determining the Walkability of Neighbourhoods for Older Adults during the Pandemic

Determining the Walkability of Neighbourhoods for Older Adults during the Pandemic

This project aims to use a custom neighborhood environment walkability scale alongside Walk Score to determine if a neighborhood is walkable for older adults during the pandemic.

School:

SFU

Department:

Department of Gerontology

Course:

GERO 301

Instructors:

  • Theodore Cosco

City of Vancouver:

  • Eric Kowalski

Student Team:

  • Vikash Toora

Strategy:

  • Healthy City for All

Term:

Fall 2020

Summary

The project is to use a custom neighborhood environment walkability scale alongside Walk Score to determine if a neighborhood is walkable for older adults during the pandemic. The purpose is to determine why or why not older adults leave their house to go for walks during the pandemic. The interviewer will ask questions regarding COVID-19 such as safety, and social distancing in the interviewee’s respective neighborhood. The interviewer will also have questions regarding safety from crime, access to services, street design, safety from traffic, places for walking and cycling, and neighborhood surroundings to get a full picture of the neighborhood.