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Citation

Boakye-Dankwa E, Nathan A, Barnett A, Busija L, Lee RSY, Pachana N, Turrell G, Cerin E. Cities 2019; 84: 23-33.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.cities.2018.07.002

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Introduction
Hong Kong older adults have been found to accumulate high levels of walking compared to their Westerns counterparts living in low-density cities. These differences in walking could be attributed to differences in destination accessibility. However, between-city differences in older adults' walking and perceived destination accessibility have not been quantified. This study examined differences in walking and patterns of perceived destination accessibility within 5-, 10-, and 20-minute walk from home between older adults aged ≥65 years in Brisbane and Hong Kong.
Methods
We used data from epidemiological studies conducted in Brisbane (n = 793) and Hong Kong (n = 484) using comparable measures of perceived distance to 12 destinations and weekly minutes of walking for transport and recreation. Regression models accounting for neighbourhood-level clustering were used to estimate between-city differences in walking and access to specific destinations. Latent class analyses were used to identify city-specific patterns of destination accessibility.
Results
Hong Kong older adults accumulated significantly more minutes of walking than their Brisbane counterparts and also reported higher accessibility to most destinations. The between-city differences in percentage of older adults with access to a diversity of destinations were particularly large for shorter distances (5- and 10-minute walk from home).
Conclusion
Low-density cities should provide ageing-friendly housing in the city centre with high levels of accessibility to relevant destinations and/or promote the implementation of urban planning policies that support the development of mixed land use and higher levels of residential density.


Language: en

Keywords

Between-city differences; Distance to destinations; Latent class analysis; Transport and recreation walking

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