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

Buys, Laurie, Snow, Stephen, van Megen, Kimberley, & Miller, Evonne (2012) Transportation behaviours of older adults : an investigation into car dependency in urban Australia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31(3), pp. 181-186.

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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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ID Code: 46930
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aged, Transportation, Cessation of Driving, Driving Dependency, Public Transportation
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00567.x
ISSN: 1741-6612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: © 2012 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2012 ACOTA
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2011 09:25
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2013 07:26

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