At a meeting of Bristol Health Partners last week, the speed at which people are expected cross pedestrian crossings was discussed. Guess what the average walking speed for over 65s is? (The very fact that I’m asking that question is a clue in itself.) It’s 0.8 meters per second. This equates to 2.88 km/h or 1.79 mph. And that’s an average. I’ve just tried walking at that speed and not only is it hard to walk that slowly but I couldn’t walk properly at that pace. It was a flat footed shuffle like walk.