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FRAME: Leisure Mobility of Elderly People (2000- 2003)

Because of demographic and societal developments, leisure mobility of elderly people will become significantly more important in the future. As more and more elderly people have driving licences and own cars, this is likely to lead to rapid growth of use. It can also be expected that there will be a significant differentiation of leisure and mobility demand into different 'mobility styles', in particulary among 'younger' seniors. However, part of the elderly people will suffer under constraints in mobility leading to a lack of participation in public life and a loss of quality of life.
The three-year project 'Leisure Mobility of Elderly People - Conditions, Forms and Decisions' (FRAME) aims at developing environmentally and socially sustainable and economically feasible mobility opportunities for leisure activities of elderly people. One important research question is what forms of transport elderly people perceive, prefer and use in their leisure time. What reasons are impeding the use of public transport, and what user-specific types of public transport are missing? The analytical part of the project is based on essentially three components:

  1. a national survey of planning strategies for leisure travel and of the consideration of the needs of elderly people in transport planning;
  2. an analysis of infrastructure provision, in particular the supply of public transport and leisure opportunities at the regional and neighbourhood level;
  3. a household survey as the core element of the empirical work. Based on the analyses, recommendations for problem solutions will be made which take account both of the needs of society at large in terms of sustainability and of the specific needs for leisure mobility of elderly people. In favour of a pragmatic and implementation-oriented process, the problem solutions proposed will consider, besides the perspective of the users, also the perspectives of the suppliers of leisure facilities and transport services.


The research project is a co-operation of the Chair of Transport Systems and Transport Planning with the Institutes of Psychology and Geography of the University of Bonn.

Contact: Joachim Scheiner, Christian Holz-Rau

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