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Youth transitions: mobility and the travel intentions of 12–20 year olds, Reading, UK

Barker, J., Ademolu, E., Bowlby, S. and Musson, S. ORCID: (2019) Youth transitions: mobility and the travel intentions of 12–20 year olds, Reading, UK. Children's Geographies, 17 (4). pp. 442-453. ISSN 1473-3285

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1543853


Whilst Western societies may have reached ‘peak car’, young people are arguably the most significant group whose levels of car ownership, use and driving licence acquisition have declined. Against this backdrop, the paper discusses qualitative research conducted in Reading, UK, considering young people’s (aged 12–20) views about bus travel. Whilst current pricing structures (both in Reading and across the UK) often offer under 18s discounted travel, the paper explores young people’s intentions about future travel as young adults. Drawing upon theorisations around youth transitions, we discuss how young people expect their mobility patterns to change as young adults in complex, shifting, fluid ways, and to involve multi-modal travel. Young people construct complex choice biographies through which they plan pathways to navigate these mobility transitions. Although a small-scale study, this paper also offers some insights into the challenges, complexities and limitations of researching mobility intention.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:80747
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geography, Planning and Development, Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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