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

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Barker, J., Ademolu, E., Bowlby, S. and Musson, S. 2019. Youth transitions: mobility and the travel intentions of 12-20 year olds, Reading, UK. Children's Geographies. 17 (4), pp. 442-453. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1543853
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TitleYouth transitions: mobility and the travel intentions of 12-20 year olds, Reading, UK
AuthorsBarker, J., Ademolu, E., Bowlby, S. and Musson, S.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsYouth; transition; mobility; bus; intention
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalChildren's Geographies
ISSN1473-3285
1473-3277
Publication dates
Online11 Nov 2018
Print04 Jul 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Nov 2018
Accepted23 Oct 2018
Submitted18 Jul 2018
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 11/11/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14733285.2018.1543853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1543853
Web of Science identifierWOS:000476925100006
LanguageEnglish
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