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Transportation behaviours of older adults: an investigation into car dependency in urban Australia

Transportation behaviours of older adults: an investigation into car dependency in urban Australia
Transportation behaviours of older adults: an investigation into car dependency in urban Australia
Aim: Increased car dependency amongst Australia's ageing population may result in increased social isolation and other health impacts associated with the cessation of driving. While public transport represents an alternative to car usage, patronage remains low amongst senior cohorts. This study investigates the facilitators and barriers to public transport patronage and the nature of car dependence among older Australians.

Method: Data was gathered from a sample of 24 adults (mean = 70.33 years) through a combination of quantitative (remote behavioural observation) and qualitative (interviews) investigation.

Results: Findings suggest factors of relative convenience, affordability and health/mobility dictate choices of transport mode. The car is considered more convenient for the majority of suburban trips irrespective of the availability of public transport.

Conclusion: Policy attention should focus on providing better education and information regarding driving cessation and addressing aged-specific social aspects of public transport including the accommodation of various health and mobility issues.
aged, transportation, cessation of driving, driving dependency, public transportation
1440-6381
181-186
Buys, Laurie
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Snow, Stephen
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van Megen, Kimberley
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Miller, Evonne
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Buys, Laurie
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Snow, Stephen
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van Megen, Kimberley
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Miller, Evonne
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Buys, Laurie, Snow, Stephen, van Megen, Kimberley and Miller, Evonne (2012) Transportation behaviours of older adults: an investigation into car dependency in urban Australia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31 (3), 181-186. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00567.x).

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Abstract

Aim: Increased car dependency amongst Australia's ageing population may result in increased social isolation and other health impacts associated with the cessation of driving. While public transport represents an alternative to car usage, patronage remains low amongst senior cohorts. This study investigates the facilitators and barriers to public transport patronage and the nature of car dependence among older Australians.

Method: Data was gathered from a sample of 24 adults (mean = 70.33 years) through a combination of quantitative (remote behavioural observation) and qualitative (interviews) investigation.

Results: Findings suggest factors of relative convenience, affordability and health/mobility dictate choices of transport mode. The car is considered more convenient for the majority of suburban trips irrespective of the availability of public transport.

Conclusion: Policy attention should focus on providing better education and information regarding driving cessation and addressing aged-specific social aspects of public transport including the accommodation of various health and mobility issues.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 February 2012
Published date: September 2012
Keywords: aged, transportation, cessation of driving, driving dependency, public transportation
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 386444
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386444
ISSN: 1440-6381
PURE UUID: a3852c2f-bb3f-4aa8-9b80-fbfa9eb977ea

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Date deposited: 01 Feb 2016 14:09
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:50

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