According to the UN, the world’s population is ageing and will eventually seniors will outnumber kids 5 and younger by 2050. Their data indicates that by 2050, one in four persons living in Europe and Northern America will be aged 65 or over.
Why is this trend important? This will impact all facets of development including but not limited to the demand of products, labour, transportation and the design of cities and infrastructure. Accordingly, small design improvements in cities across Canada will shape cities to accommodate their users. For instance, older generations are less likely to drive so reducing the distance between transport stops, shops, benches, trees for shade, public toilets and improving pavements and allowing more time to cross the road all encourage older people to go out. Accessibility will be key factor in designing towns and cities for Urban Planners and Civil Engineers.