Name of your initiative:
Participatory Seniors' Walkability Assessment Tool
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Website title and address: SeGAPe 65+: Participatory Walkability Assessment Tool
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Instituto do Envelhecimento, ICS (University of Lisbon)
Please specify in which regions/provinces: PORTUGAL
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Mariana F. Almeida
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AUPE (Participation and Urban Built Environment Change for Healthy Ageing) is an action-research project concerned with the role of urban built environment in influencing health, independence and well-being of older people and with citizen engagement processes in fostering age-friendly, equitable and sustainable neighbourhoods in Portuguese cities. The project, implemented in partnership with local authorities and organizations, includes several interdependent activities, aiming to contribute to scientific knowledge, local data, tools and processes that support participatory evidence-based urban planning.
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SeGAPe 65+ - Seniors’ Group Assessment of Pedestrian Environment - is a participatory instrument to evaluate and rate the quality of streets for walking from the viewpoint of older adults. The tool provides a practical, systematic method to conduct a structured and quantified assessment of walkability conditions and improvement opportunities in a given area/neighbourhood, directly engaging older citizens in the planning process of age-friendly urban public spaces.
A SeGAPe65+ Application Guide, including the tool, other materials and detailed instructions (Portuguese version only), is available online (www.ienvelhecimento.ul.pt/182), to support autonomous use by interested researchers, local authorities, or other local organizations and groups.
Based on the methodology of Community Street Reviews (Abley et al., 2010, www.nzta.govt.nz), SeGAPe65+ was adapted to the older population in Portugal and pilot-tested in 2013 and 2014 in two cities (Odivelas and Lisbon), as part of the project AUPE - “Participation and Urban Built Environment Change for Healthy Ageing” implemented by the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) and Institute of Ageing of the University of Lisbon, in partnership with local organizations and senior citizens (www.ienvelhecimento.ul.pt/investigacao/projectos/160).
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Environment or setting of the initiative: Urban
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