Growing Old and Keep Mobile in Italy. Active Ageing and the Importance of Urban Mobility Planning Strategies.

  • Claudia Burlando University of Genova
  • Ines Cusano University of Genova
Keywords: active ageing, urban mobility, Italian scenario

Abstract

The world is facing a series of changes that will modify the way we envisage urban transport planning. The demographic switch coupling higher life expectancy and lower fertility rates is occurring all around the world. While ageing is indeed a triumph of development and increased longevity is perceived as one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the phenomenon and its transition in society need to be managed.

The rapid increase of the elderly group means profound changes which require solutions at various levels. The World Health Organization has established a path towards Active ageing, and it is within this strategy that this paper aims at analyzing the role of mobility as an enabler of active ageing. While mobility in general is very important, it was decided to concentrate on urban mobility, as cities are, by definition, the place where people benefit from urbanization economies and where transport plans are put in place. An increase of age, health and economic conditions determine the possibility to enjoy urbanization economics more and for longer time. Yet such fruition is determined by the accessibility to such places or services. It is for this reason, among others, that urban mobility planning is such a relevant tool that could lead towards a switch of paradigm towards more friendly and inclusive (for seniors and not only) urban environments.

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Author Biographies

Claudia Burlando, University of Genova

Researcher in applied economics, Department of Economics (DIEC), School of Social Sciences, University of Genoa. Member of Italian Center of Excellence on Logistics, Transport and Infrastructure (CIELI). Member of national and international research programmes financed by the Italian Government. Consultant of Italian Municipalities on urban logistics. Member of technical group for Urban Mobility Plan of the City of Genoa. Author of national and international publications.

Ines Cusano, University of Genova

Research scholar in the transport field, Department of Economics (DIEC), School of Social Sciences, University of Genoa. She holds a PhD Italian Center of Excellence on Logistics, Transport and Infrastructure (CIELI). She has participated in different EU funded projects and has collaborated with the European Commission as external expert in the urban mobility sector. Author of national and international publications.

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Published
2018-10-16
How to Cite
Burlando, C., & Cusano, I. (2018). Growing Old and Keep Mobile in Italy. Active Ageing and the Importance of Urban Mobility Planning Strategies. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 43-52. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/5756
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Special Issue 2018. SIET Elderly mobility