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CityBench Program

CityBench Program

Status: Ongoing


New York City United States of America
Print this page City population: 840583716% over 60Practice started in 2007


The CityBench Program was created to increase the amount of public seating on New York City Streets. The 1500 benches are being installed around the City, particularly at bus stops, retail corridors, and areas with high concentrations of seniors. The installation process of the benches will be complete in 2015 and has already made streets more comfortable for transit pedestrians, especially older adults.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Older people living alone, people with mobility challenges and disabilities, younger people, public sector

Sector(s): Urban development

Desired outcome for older people:
Be mobile

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility

Other Issues: none

Contact details

Name: Goldman, Lindsay

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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