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Age Friendly York

Getting out and about

Age Friendly York logo.

As part of the Age Friendly York project we're looking at getting out and about in York, focusing on:

Age Friendly York: Your Journey

We're looking at transport around York, and whether it's:

  • reliable, well-maintained and clean
  • accessible, with priority seating, easy to board, not overcrowded
  • staffed with courteous, helpful drivers, who wait for passengers to be seated

Whether transport routes are well set out, with:

  • shelters available at pickup points
  • services which reach all parts of York with good connections
  • good traffic flow on established routes

Whether pedestrians' needs are considered, with:

  • well maintained, well lit footpaths, free of obstructions
  • non-slip pavements, wide enough for wheelchairs, with dropped curbs to road level
  • pavements reserved for pedestrians, separate from cycle paths
  • sufficient pedestrian crossings, safe for different types of disability

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Age Friendly York: Your Destination

We're also looking at whether York offers:

  • clean and pleasant public areas and green spaces
  • conveniently located, accessible venues
  • sufficient, well maintained outdoor seating
  • sufficient, well maintained, clean, accessible toilets

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Finding bench locations in York

Many of you tell us you need somewhere to sit down and rest your legs whilst out and about, so the availability of well-maintained benches in useful locations is important.

Age Friendly York has been working with Home Instead who have agreed to lead on launching Take A Seat.

As of August 2022, 50 businesses have already signed up to offer a seat or a toilet to those that need one, without having to be a paying customer.

To view bench locations on York View map, select 'seats' within the 'street care' section, and zoom in.

Some of the Take A Seat and the Age Friendly benches are marked on the Centre Disabled Access Map.

Happy to Chat Bench

This is a simple idea that is springing up around the country and has been brought to York by Age Friendly York.

In York we started with Local Area Coordinators, Health Champions and other community workers using a temporary Happy to Chat sign to encourage and “give permission” for people to have a conversation. We are now taking the next step which is to create permanent Happy to Chat benches by using brass plaques.

As Happy to Chat Benches are set up they will be added to the Social Contact page on Live Well York, as well as being visible when you view bench locations on York View map.

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Also see

Age Friendly York

Adult Commissioning Team, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA