Safe Mobility for Life Program: Planning and Designing for our Aging Population
SMFB - Sarasota
- Sarasota - Suncoast Public Works Academy
- 4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233
- Fran Carlin-Rogers
- Larry Hagen
By the year 2020, one in four Florida residents will be over the age of 65, and half of them will be 75 or older. To meet this challenge the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) developed a strategic plan to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to ensure a safe and efficient transportation system for all road users.
The Safe Mobility for Life Program focuses on mature drivers and pedestrians, with the added benefit of improving safety for everyone. An objective in the Department's Safe Mobility for Life Program strategic plan is to enhance the safety, access, and mobility of Florida's elderly population. One activity to achieve that objective is to develop Florida specific training for planners and engineers based on the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians.
This one-day training course, entitled "The Safe Mobility for Life Program: Planning and Designing for our Aging Population " is the result of that activity. This training course was designed to raise awareness of problems associated with mature drivers and our current roadways. The workshop presents options and alternative solutions to the planning, design, and operation of Florida roadways and associated facilities today and in the future.
The goal of the workshop is to educate and raise awareness of applied knowledge to engineers, planners, and associated professionals who may not be familiar with these practices. The course is also intended to encourage the application of roadway enhancements that benefit mature drivers when planning, operating, and designing for safer state and local roadways.
Continuing Education Credit: 0.7 CEU
Professional Engineers Credit: 7 PDH