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Chapter 3 Generational Mobilities, Transitions for the millennial generation

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-64-7-3282

ISBN: 978-1-910158-64-7

Published: November 2016

Component type: chapter

Published in: Low Carbon Mobility Transitions

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-64-7-2847

Abstract

Mobility and accessibility plays a fundamental role throughout the life course. In most of the developed world, the majority of this mobility is provided directly or indirectly through the private car, yet our relationship with car travel varies significantly through the life course. Household car ownership follows a ‘life cycle effect’, increasing as young households form and peaking when the head of household reaches their mid-40’s.
Recently there is growing evidence that the millennial generation is approaching auto-mobility transitions differently to previous generations. Licensing rates among young adults have declined in much of the developed world and even where declines have not taken place, millennials are more multi-modal and less car-dependent than previous generations. Yet there is evidence that rather than forgoing a driving license, millennials may in fact simply be delaying key life stages (such as full-time work and child-rearing) that lend themselves to auto-mobility. There is a risk that any shift toward more sustainable mobility may be only temporary. This chapter uses a case study of millennials in Australian cities to illustrate these trends. The chapter concludes by discussing ways in which sustainable mobility can be encouraged and supported even as millennials transition into traditionally auto-dependent life stages.

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Delbosc, A. (2016) "Chapter 3 Generational Mobilities, Transitions for the millennial generation" In: Hopkins, D. & Higham, J. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-64-7-3282

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