‘Walk’ means run for elderly pedestrians

UK researchers timed the normal walking speed of more than 3000 people aged 65 years and older, finding that 76% of men and 65% of women could not walk fast enough to beat the red light.

Pedestrians need to step out at a steady clip of 1.2 metres/second to cross a road while the walk light is green.

But tests with a random sample of elderly residents found the mean ‘normal’ walking speed was 0.9m/s for men and 0.8m/s for women.

It was notable that the older the person the slower their gait, the