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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030096

How May Public Transport Influence the Practice of Everyday Life among Younger and Older People and How May Their Practices Influence Public Transport?

Mobility, Actors, Planning Processes, The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), SE-581 95 Linköping, Sweden
Received: 21 December 2018 / Revised: 13 February 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 13 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Transport and Social Psychology)
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Abstract

This paper examines public transport use through the lens of practice to understand the perspectives of two categories of public transport users: Younger and older people. In taking this approach, we assume that the forms of mobility in a society are dependent on citizens’ everyday practices and on the structures of the cities, landscapes, etc. Transport needs and accessibility may vary depending on contexts (i.e., where and how we live) and on the various resources of groups of citizens. Results indicated that younger people are repeatedly referred to public transport to meet their mobility needs, while older people are more often car-dependent. Local variations, among both younger and older people, indicate higher confidence in public transport in big and medium-sized cities and a greater desire for car ownership in small cities. For the transition to sustainable mobility, e.g., public transport, transport associations and local governments should be responsive to the practice of everyday life among citizens: e.g., younger people’s leisure activities in afternoons and weekends, and older people’s wish for accessible transport service outside the dominant flow of passengers and their daily commuting practice. The data come from Sweden, specifically from focus groups with teenagers aged 14–16 years and retired people aged 63–97 years. View Full-Text
Keywords: public transport; mobility; practice; travellers; older people; younger people; independence public transport; mobility; practice; travellers; older people; younger people; independence
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