MDOT and Senior Mobility
By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. The number of older drivers in the United States is expected to double over the next 30 years. Older drivers deserve special attention; as a group, they have reduced visual sharpness, poorer nighttime vision, and slower reaction times. The design of roads, signs, and traffic signals can be improved to better meet the aging population's needs.
MDOT is committed to supporting and funding programs that will keep Michigan's seniors mobile.
- Showcase roadway demonstrates improvements for senior mobility
In 2004, MDOT developed a showcase roadway that incorporated many of these techniques along a 7.4-mile loop in downtown Detroit to demonstrate improving senior mobility.
- Showcase Roadway Map
The Senior Mobility Action Team includes representatives from:
- Office of Services to the Aging
- Office of Highway Safety Planning
- Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan
- Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
- AAA Michigan
If you are interested in advancing the mobility of seniors, contact Steve Shaughnessy at 517-373-8950.