Seniors' Strategy 2010 survey results

The Seniors' Strategy survey was sent in mid 2010 to all Your City Your Say members over 50 years of age and was also available online or from a Council:

A total of 2,117 people participated in the survey within the following age categories:

  • 51-59 (14%)
  • 60-69 (37%)
  • 70-79 (32%)
  • 80 plus (17%)

Information about survey participants include:

  • 3% were still in full-time employment
  • 29% were volunteers
  • 62% were retired
  • 83% lived in a detached house
  • 93% owned their home

Significantly, 89% of survey participants wish to stay where they currently live in the foreseeable future, with only 5% considering moving away from Brisbane.

The survey gathered information about:

  • driving habits
  • public transport use
  • footpath use
  • participation in sports, social groups and clubs
  • neighbourhood friendliness and safety
  • awareness of services that Council provides for seniors
  • suggestions on how to improve services and make Brisbane safer and a more enjoyable place to live

Results of the Seniors' Strategy survey

Which type of public transport do you use?:

  • bus (65%)
  • train (41%)
  • ferry or CityCat (20%)
  • none (20%)

How often do you use public transport?:

  • everyday (3%)
  • three to six times a week (12%)
  • one to two times a week (19%)
  • less than once a week on average (66%)

The survey found that 64% of respondents preferred to use public transport during off-peak times.

Have you limited your driving in any way?:

  • yes (32%)
  • no (47%)
  • sometimes (21%)

Most common ways driving has been limited?:

  • only drive during the day
  • only drive in off-peak periods
  • only drive locally
  • only drive in dry weather

Use of footpaths

Footpaths were most used for:

  • exercise
  • walking to public transport
  • visiting the shops
  • going to the park

Friendliness of neighbourhood

Of those who answered the question:

  • 76% felt they knew their neighbours very well or reasonably well
  • 95% viewed their neighbourhood as reasonably safe or very safe

Council asked why people felt safe or unsafe. The top five reasons for people feeling safe were:

  • no bad experiences
  • Neighbourhood Watch in place
  • personal safety measures including having a dog
  • community spirit and friendliness
  • urban design (e.g. lighting or living in a cul-de-sac)

When asked what could make living in Brisbane safer for seniors, the most common suggestions were about:

  • footpaths (more, wider, even and in good repair)
  • improved lighting (parks, walking tracks, streets)
  • public space (trim tree branches, provide seats and shelter, better signage)
  • extending walk time at traffic lights
  • facilitate better sharing of footpaths between pedestrians and cyclists

How physically active are the respondents?

Over 50% of respondents took part in regular exercise or activities with the most common being:

  • sports such as lawn bowls, golf, tennis, cycling
  • walking
  • gym
  • aqua activities
  • mind or body activities
  • dancing 

Awareness of Council services for seniors

Of the services listed, awareness was highest for:

Last updated: 7 May 2019
Topics: seniors