Our older citizens are much more active than they were a generation ago – and walking for exercise is a favorite for this age group.
The problem is we need to make our roads safer for this age group. A study released recently by the nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign found older pedestrians in Connecticut are far more likely to be killed while walking than those under 60. In fact from 2008 to 2010, 44 adults over 60 years old were struck and killed on Connecticut roadways. And while this age group makes up just 19 percent of the population, they accounted for 36 percent of all such roadway deaths. The national fatality rate for pedestrians over the age of 60 is 1.5 times the rate for younger walkers. In Connecticut, older walkers are struck and killed 2.41 times more often than younger walkers.