September 18, 2013 12
The reasons for the drop in driving by 20-29 year olds seem self-evident to many. So too are the appropriate policy responses. But as is so often the case, it’s not that simple
May 2, 2013 7
Although there's a lot of variation across countries, westerners are generally driving less. There're lots of potential explanations but pinning down the key ones is proving hard
November 11, 2012
It's common knowledge that Gen Y is driving less than previous generations did at the same age. A new study comparing millennials' travel behaviour in six countries suggests it's a more complex and interesting story.
July 17, 2011 4
The world would be a much better place if transport operators would stop spinning patronage numbers to the media and public and start giving us the salient facts instead. The Financial Review reported on Thursday that travellers in Melbourne aged 20-29 years comprise 38% of all public transport users in the city. This figure is […]
June 29, 2011 17
The “mystery factor” driving faster patronage growth on public transport may be Gen Y’s enthusiasm for staying connected through smartphones. Speaking to a reporter from The West Australian last week, Professor Peter Newman argued that previous generations found freedom and flexibility through the car, but generation Ys find freedom and flexibility by staying connected to friends, family […]
February 26, 2011 7
I’ve mentioned before how travellers in developed countries like the United States, Britain and Australia are driving less. The accompanying chart, from a new paper, Are we reaching peak travel? By Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper of Stanford University, shows the change in per capita distance driven over the period from 1970 to 2007/08 (before […]
June 28, 2010 11
Young people are driving less. Driving is not the highly symbolic rite-of-passage for Gen Ys that it was for baby boomers. There are a range of factors driving this chance which suggest it is not transitory.