What the "Dutch Reach" Is and How It Saves Lives                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
January 30, 2019 
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What Local Voters Are Saying
Adults age 50 or older represented more than half of the voting electorate in 2018 — and 78 percent of them always vote in mayoral races according to a new survey by AARP. Plus: Four mayors talk about the influence of the 50+ and how communities can best engage older adults.
READ THE SURVEY, WATCH THE DISCUSSION
What Mayors Said
In 2017, more than 100 mayors responded to an AARP and U.S. Conference of Mayors survey asking what resources, policy changes and infrastructure developments they needed to make their communities more livable for an aging population.
SEE WHAT THEY SAID
Events, Resources & More
Why Cities (Not Citizens) Should Shovel the Sidewalks — Beginning this winter, 20 miles of Syracuse sidewalks will be shoveled by the city, making the upstate New York community one of the few snow-prone municipalities that doesn’t foist all pathway clearing on its businesses, landlords and homeowners. Source: CityLab ►
The States That Give and Take — Can you name the five states that send more money to the federal government than receive from it? How about the five states that receive more federal money than they give? (The answer is on page 18 of the Giving or Getting? report.) Source: Rockefeller Institute of Government ►
What the “Dutch Reach” Is and How It Saves Lives — Illinois and Massachusetts are incorporating this car-door-opening, bicyclist-friendly technique into its road safety manuals and driving tests. Source: Governing ►
Coming Next Week: Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, a special (free!), 84-page, photo-filled publication by AARP and the National Building Museum featuring innovative strategies and solutions that can be implemented by elected officials, planners, builders, homeowners and local leaders nationwide.
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