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The “8/80 Rule” proposes that city planning should consider needs across the lifespan – from eight year old children to eighty year old adults. Planning for the entire lifespan provides the greatest community benefit. Communities in Europe and Canada have used the rule to plan safe walking areas in neighborhoods and city centers, along with interconnected transportation options to help people that prefer not to drive. The 8/80 rule underscores the value of Safe Routes to School planning and Complete Streets work that is active and successful in Washington State.
Communities planned using the 8/80 rule to:
Ensuring the mobility of children and seniors is a community benefit for all. Age-friendly environments convey respect for both young and old, and allow people of all generations to stay physically active.
The Healthy Aging Research Network is led by the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center. Two action briefs developed by the Network highlight the benefits that 8/80 rule can contribute in planning communities in New York, Maine and Georgia.
Featured: September 2012