11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun    1. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., has the world’s fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster. (Learn more at ABCNews.com) 2. Nearly 60 percent of the Americans who bought health insurance through new online marketplaces were previously uninsured – most of them for at least two years. (Learn more at AARP)   3. More than one in every 10 cars on the road in the United States have been recalled so far this year. (Learn more …

How You Can Make Your Town Safe and Walkable for All

All Sarah Clark Stuart wanted was for her family to be able to safely access the Schuylkill River Trail, just across the tracks from the Philadelphia neighborhood where she lived. But the passing of freight trains made the crossing unsafe, especially for her then-young children, and also for the many older adults who lived nearby. For them, the trail was an invaluable place to exercise or safely travel by foot or bicycle. It also built a sense of community. But …

Older Bikers Risk Greater Injuries in Crashes

Attention all you aging “Easy Riders” – according to a new study, motorcyclists 60 or older were three times more likely to end up in a hospital with severe injuries than were riders in their 20s and 30s. Middle-aged riders, 40 to 59,  fared somewhat better but were still 66 percent more likely to sustain serious injury than were younger bikers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Brown University study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, looked at 1.5 million …