Accident prevention and road safety training for the elderlyThe city police have started a pilot scheme in the Sagrada Família and Besòs neighbourhoods to reduce the number of accidents involving elderly people in streets and on public transport. Some 35% of victims run over in the city are over 65.
Using a slogan calling for the safety of senior citizens, neighbourhood police teams have started a pilot scheme offering guidance for the over 65s in the Sagrada Família and Besòs neighbourhoods. The project provides advice on accident prevention in roads and on avoiding falls while using the public transport system, particularly on city buses.
The elderly are a vulnerable group when it comes to road accidents involving pedestrians. One in three cases of people getting run over in the city involve somebody over 65 and around 70% of falls on public transport correspond to senior citizens.
Safer mobility in the neighbourhood
Elderly people mostly go about their everyday routines in their neighbourhood, most commonly opting to get around by bus. To improve safety on these journeys, police officers will make their way around the neighbourhood with people taking part in the pilot scheme to strengthen mobility habits as pedestrians and, for instance, cross roads safely. Attention will be drawn to potential hazards in public spaces such as personal mobility vehicles.
Elderly participants will also make a bus journey and receive instructions and advice on avoiding falls and how to get on and off buses safely.
The city police are promoting the pilot scheme in coordination with the Department for Childhood, Youth and the Elderly and with Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB).