Mobility in the child (and carer) friendly city : SEQ vs. Stockholm

Grant-Smith, Deanna, Edwards, Peter, & Johnson, Laurel (2012) Mobility in the child (and carer) friendly city : SEQ vs. Stockholm. In Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 26th Annual Congress, 11-15 July 2012, Ankara, Turkey. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The rationale for providing state subsidised public transport has changed over time from a social obligation to provide transport options for those without access to private transport to an environmental and economic imperative to minimize congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. In many jurisdictions this shift has seen a greater focus on the provision of peak hour commuter services and a shift in the demographic profile of the riding public and a significant increase in the number of commuter passengers relative to others. The scheduling of commuter services is not geared to meet the needs of children and their generally female carers who often need to engage in trip chaining and travel outside peak commuting periods and on weekends. In addition to service scheduling difficulties, transport infrastructure, both on-board and supporting infrastructure such as bus stops, train stations and connecting footpaths often do not support children and their carers to use public transport services. Combined with a negative attitude by passengers and service providers, such as bus drivers, which may see children, babies and young people as out of place and unwelcome on commuter services, these issues conspire to hinder the use of public transport by children and their carers. Overlaying feminist geography analysis and insights and child-friendly cities objectives, this paper proposes some basic criteria for the provision of public transport services and supporting infrastructure which meets the needs of children, babies and their carers and juxtaposes the achievement of these in South East Queensland, Australia and Stockholm, Sweden.

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ID Code: 75609
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: transport planning, mobility, public transport, child-friendly cities, gender mainstreaming, sweden
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2014 00:51
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 06:42

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