Travelling Habits and Perceived Limitations of Older City Bus Users

  • Marija Tomšič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • France Sevšek University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Darja Rugelj University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: elderly, public transportation users, habits, limitations,

Abstract

The purpose was to investigate the interrelation between the age of older city bus users, their travelling habits, their estimated physical (dis)abilities and perceived safety during the trip using the Ljubljana public transportation system. Methods: 101 older bus users agreed to participate in a street survey by answering a questionnaire. Results indicate that the habits of bus users are not age dependent. The frequency of public bus use, the walking distance to the nearest bus stop, the estimated physical abilities and perceived physical limitations of the bus users were not associated to the chronological age. Respondents reported on average 3±1.6 perceived physical limitations and 37% of them perceived their travelling habits to be affected by their physical limitations. While decreased perceived safety during the bus journey was significantly related to the chronological age: significantly more bus users of the oldest-old group reported not having enough time to occupy a seat before the bus drove off, although a significantly higher proportion of older-old adults were offered a seat by their fellow travellers. In conclusion, the perception of physical fitness and health problems are more important contributing factors for the use of public transportation than the chronological age.

Author Biographies

Marija Tomšič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Dr. Marija TomÅ¡iÄ is occupational therapist and senior lecturer at the Department of occupational therapy of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. She is a researcher in the field of gerontology and neurological occupational therapy. Is the author of numerous research papers as well as textbook for the Occupational therapy in neurological field (2012).

France Sevšek, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Dr. France Sevšek is Full Professor of Biomechanics at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. His research was mainly focused on studying mechanical properties of membranes and the analysis of signals mainly derived from time series in investigating balance and gait. He established two laboratories and developed measurement protocols and software for its analysis. He is a (co)author of numerous scientific articles.

Darja Rugelj, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences Zdravstvena pot 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Dr. Darja Rugelj is an Associate Professor of physiotherapy at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and and is the head of Biomechanics laboratory (http://manus.zf.uni-lj.si/biomeh/lab/?n=3&Lan=AN). She has been a leading investigator in a number of projects researching motor control. In this field, she has published several scientific articles in international journals.

 

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2017-09-04
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Tomšič M, Sevšek F, Rugelj D. Travelling Habits and Perceived Limitations of Older City Bus Users. PROMET [Internet]. 2017Sep.4 [cited 2019Sep.20];29(4):425-31. Available from: http://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/2270
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