Travel behaviour of the elderly in planned and unplanned communities of Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria / Wale Alade and Abubakar Olaseni.

Alade, Wale and Olaseni, Abubakar (2020) Travel behaviour of the elderly in planned and unplanned communities of Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria / Wale Alade and Abubakar Olaseni. Built Environment Journal (BEJ), 17 (1). pp. 27-40. ISSN 1675-5022


Interests in the study of travel behaviour of the elderly have been growing in the last two decades and many of the works done are concentrated in the global north. Evidence from literature reveals that most of these studies focus more on the impact of individual and household socioeconomic attributes, urban form, travel attributes, and policy factors on the travel behaviour of the elderly, but less on the influence of neighbourhood planning. This paper examined the travel behaviour of old people in Festac town (planned) and Ketu (unplanned) community of Lagos metropolis, southwest Nigeria with a view to determining the influence of neighbourhood planning on travel pattern. The two neighbourhoods were carefully and purposively selected for collection of socio-economic and travel data through structured questionnaire that was administered on 155 randomly selected elderly respondents. The study revealed significant differences and some similarities in respondents’ socio-economic and travel characteristics. Respondents from the planned community have a higher daily mean trip rate and mean trip time than those in unplanned community. Residents of planned community also undertake higher work and social trips and rely on automobile more than those in unplanned community. Apart from the fact that the majority of respondents travel more during the off-peak period, frequent road congestion was reported as the top mobility challenge among respondents in the two neighbourhoods. The study concluded that neighbourhood planning affects travel behaviour and recommended a walkable neighbourhood concept and promotion of elderly friendly public transport system for the study area.


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Alade, Wale
Olaseni, Abubakar
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > Customs relative to transportation and travel
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Journal (BEJ)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Built Environment Journal (BEJ)
ISSN: 1675-5022
Volume: 17
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 27-40
Keywords: Travel Behaviour, Elderly, Aging
Date: January 2020
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