ACCTING aims to understand the impact of Green Deal policies on vulnerable groups, prevent inequalities, and produce knowledge and innovations to advance behavioural change at individual and collective levels for an inclusive and equal European Green Deal. This bottom-up initiative was collected by Aart Kerremans within ACCTING’s mapping of inspiring practice cases, within the Suistainable Mobility research line. Read our report on all 693 mapped initiatives.
Zilveren Linten, Belgium
Zilveren Linten, commissioned by the District of Antwerp, is an initiative focused on creating short and safe walking routes that cater specifically to the needs of the elderly population. This project aims to address the challenges faced by seniors when navigating city streets, considering their reduced physical mobility and increased risk of injury. By collaborating with external partners and incorporating valuable input from senior citizens, Zilveren Linten strives to not only improve the physical infrastructure but also raise awareness, encourage co-creation, and foster participation in the process.
Addressing the specific needs of elderly people
In addition to ensuring the quality and evenness of pavements and roads, Zilveren Linten adopts a holistic approach to enhance public spaces. The initiative takes into account the overall quality of the environment, including the presence of greenery, the potential for creating meeting spaces, and the integration of street art. By considering these aspects, the project aims to create pleasant and inviting routes for the elderly, improving their overall experience and well-being.
Implementing the recommendations of senior citizens
To develop effective recommendations, Zilveren Linten partnered with Infopunt Publieke Ruimte, an external organization that conducted a mapping exercise and collected input from senior citizens. Their valuable feedback and advice served as the foundation for identifying areas in need of improvement and formed the basis for creating more elderly-friendly public spaces and walking routes. The recommendations will be implemented in the short, middle, and long term, depending on the extent of the proposed changes.
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