Age-friendly communities

10 Most Bikeable Cities in the U.S.

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Thanks to the growth of bike-sharing programs, bicycling as a regular means of transportation has become so common in cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Paris and Washington, D.C., that it’s not unusual to see men and women in full business attire — suits, ties, skirts, heels — pedaling their way to or from work. And since bicycling is a great form of exercise as well as a handy way to get around, adults of …

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Josh Perlman, AARP: Creating a great place for all ages begins in the streets. Complete Streets policies ensure that a community’s roads are safe for all users — drivers as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders, schoolchildren, older adults. States, cities and towns can look to these policies in order to build road networks that are “safer, more livable and welcoming to everyone,” according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. Stay …

Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, Living Without a Car

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Walk Score, an organization that evaluates the walkability of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, has announced its 2014 Transit Score rankings of U.S. cities with such good public transit systems that owning a car is truly optional. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter (The number in parenthesis is the city’s Transit Score on a 0 to 100 scale with 100 being the best possible score.) 1. New York (81) 2. …

Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl,” says Lila Sanger, who grew up in New York City and found her perfect retirement home in the Jefferson, an independent living condo complex in one of Arlington, Virginia’s dense urban neighborhoods near Metro. “I chose the Jefferson for two reasons: the location, and the location.” The extensive county transit network provides almost door-to-door service to Lila’s local haunts, such as …