Are you a regular biker, an occasional rider or thinking about breaking out the old two-wheeler? In a recent survey released by AARP, older cyclists reflect on their bicycling preferences and experiences and reveal trends among the 50+ population. Many consider cycling to be a staple of their lives and can't envision ever not being able to ride a bike
The 50+ Cycling Survey is a nationwide survey of older bicyclists. Created by Carol Kachadoorian, a transportation planner, older adult mobility specialist and founder of the dblTilde Collaborative, the survey is in its third year. The survey, supported in part by AARP, was completed by some 3,000 respondents age 50 to 85-plus, near evenly split between women and men. Respondents answered questions about their cycling history and habits, any changes in their bicycling routine during the past year — including since the COVID-19 pandemic — and their preferences for cycling locations and conditions. Among the key findings:
About 400 people who responded to the 50+ Cycling Survey completed journal entries for two of their rides. The journals captured real-time experiences such as the weather, how the cyclist felt, the trip’s purpose, and information about the trip’s length. Most trips were for recreation — either alone or with others in informal or formal groups — with about the same number of rides for 6 to 10 miles, 11 to 15 miles, 16 to 20 miles, and 26 to 36 miles. The journals also captured information on the safety and comfort of various cycling facilities used. Not surprisingly, cyclists felt the safest and most comfortable in locations with where bicycling paths are separate from motor vehicle traffic.
For more on the survey and on how local leaders can support biking in your community, go to: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/getting-around/info-2020/50-plus-cycling-survey.html
This story is provided by AARP Vermont. Visit the AARP Vermont page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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