By Joe Baur at Article 3
American Millennials returning to urban cores across the country has become a familiar narrative. So too, has that of Millennials ditching the car in favor of living in walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. Study after study has confirmed both points and cities are reacting accordingly to accommodate the changing demographics.
But cities can only do so much. In the course of these shifting demographics, Millennials have shown a growing preference for a more sustainable, eco-friendly existence. More than any other generation, they seem to be more keenly aware of how humans have impacted the world.
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My family eagerly decided to forgo a second car four years ago when we moved to Dunedin, New Zealand; a decision we have never regretted. It turns out by doing so, we are not just happier, healthier, and polluting less, but we are also considerably wealthier while helping our local economy through the “multiplier effect“. Let me explain. Continue reading
AMHC Teen Panel
This international multidisciplinary event showcased current research and practice in teen mobility, active transport, the effects of the built environment and climate change, and youth engagement. Links to recorded video presentations and graphics can be found on the Symposium page and the AMHC YouTube Channel.
Original Article at US PIRG
The Driving Boom—a six decade-long period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States—is over.
Total and Per-Capita Vehicle-Miles Traveled, U.S.
Americans drive fewer total miles today than we did eight years ago, and fewer per person than we did at the end of Bill Clinton’s first term. The unique combination of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom—from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom generation—no longer exists. Meanwhile, a new generation—the Millennials—is demanding a new American Dream less dependent on driving.
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By Beck Eleven and Diana Dekker at Stuff
Nearly 90,000 nervous people sat their learner licence tests last year, and close to 58,000 of them passed. Most were under 30 and most of them probably couldn’t wait to get legally behind the wheel.
Getting a driver’s licence is a rite of passage for young people, even for a sprinkling of people in their 40s or older (134 people aged 65 and over sat the test in the past year). But not for some. Some pass their test early, drive for a bit, then stow their licences in a drawer, deciding that driving is not for them. Others never even dare to try. They feel they are too timid, too environmentally conscious, too old or too dreamy to be in charge of a car.
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