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>>> health to a minimum – mentally as well as physically – irrespective of resources and background. Versatile mobility & e-cycling 55+ Londoners could benefit from more diversity in their travel habits, depending on whether they have young children, teenage children, no children, or whether they still work or not. Walking, cycling, e-cycling, car/bike sharing and public transport are the six most obvious alternatives for the 55+ who still hold on to individual car ownership and car driving. Local incentives for more versatile mobility for the 55+ includes denser or more varied density neighbourhoods; more physically segregated e-bike and bike lanes; more pedestrian friendly streets and street block structure. As well as financial incentives for less car parking and lower car ownership in exchange for more car, e-car and e-bike sharing. Five to ten folding the three latter by abolishing VAT, excise and fuel duties – especially in the outer boroughs where car ownership is typically still the norm. For a majority of 55+ Londoners to embrace e-cycling as their main form of individual transport, e-cycling requires physically segregated lanes along busy roads, priority at junctions. As well as e-parking at home, job, retail, service and town centres. E-cycling combined with less car parking, denser neighbourhoods and more frequent physical exercise. Afterword London has a relative young population, with a million new jobs created during the last decade, many taken up by new arrivals from across the UK, the EU and further afield. However, with nine million inhabitants, London may soon

have the highest concentration of 75+ inhabitants in Europe – together with three other cities, Istanbul, Moscow and Paris, the Randstad and the Rhein-Ruhr metropolitan regions. Other big cities from where lessons may be learned about how to prepare for the 55+ inclusive urban era, are Berlin, Madrid, Milano and Rome – each with about half the inhabitants of London. How London meets the challenge of almost a half increase of the over-55s and a doubling of the over-75s within the next two decades may determine how successful the city will be in remaining a world-leading city in generations to come. As businesses and employees not only seek to locate in cities with world class quality of life for working adults and families but also where the elderly with a wide range of income, can maintain their quality of life through their retirement. In a city where 55+ inhabitants can be certain of not only receiving world class health and public services. And where they can be certain of living in apartments, neighbourhoods and town centres carefully adapted to their varied and sometimes complex needs. Whether they are men, women, couples or singles; 55+, 75+ or 95+ years old. Irrespective of educational, ethnic or professional background or experience. Or distance to close family and relatives. ■ Further reading: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/06/inequalities-amongolder-people-especially-women-shameful https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/09/ladder-england-oldest-youngest-towns-manchester-minehead https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/11/how-buildhealthy-city-copenhagen-reveals-its-secrets-happiness https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/implementing-londonplan/supplementary-planning-guidance/social-infrastructure http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/richest-happiesthealthiest-countries-world-new-zealand-norway-finland-switzerland-canadatravel-a8206711.html

Nine key habits Dan Buettner identifies nine key habits that people living in five of the worlds longest and healthiest places share (Blue Zone Solution 2015): - They keep moving - They have a sense of purpose - They have ways of de-stressing - They only eat enough to be 80% full - They eat mainly beans, with vegetables, fruit and whole grains - They drink moderate amounts of wine - They're part of a religious community - Have close family ties - Have good friends and socialise

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PLANNING IN LONDON 105 April 2018  

PLANNING IN LONDON 105 April 2018

PLANNING IN LONDON 105 April 2018  

PLANNING IN LONDON 105 April 2018