Photo Exhibit Showcases Experiences of Non-Driving Youth

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 | warai03p | No Comments

A new qualitative study of Auckland youth, led by the Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium (AMHC), suggests that young people who participated in this PhotoVoice exercise who do not drive cars choose buses, trains, cycling and walking mainly because they are more affordable and convenient transport options.

The study participants took photographs as a way to communicate their experiences. The purpose of the project was to create discussion about transport issues that was generated by the participants themselves. A selection of participant photographs will be on display at the Avondale Community Library in Auckland through September and can be seen on our PInterest channel.

Read original media release here.

Editors Note: Did you know even by age 19, less than a third of New Zealand teenagers have their full drivers license? (Source: Motor Vehicle Register, NZ Transport Agency)

Development Banks Invest Billions on Sustainable Transport

Monday, July 16th, 2012 | warai03p | No Comments

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (20 June, 2012 )—The eight largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced today that they will invest US$175 billion to finance more sustainable transportation systems over the coming decade, boosting equitable economic development and protecting the environment and public health across the developing world. The pledge by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and six other MDBs was made at the start of United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20).

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Easing Off the Gas

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 | Editor | No Comments

Original article by Tom Murphy, at Do the Math

Another great article from Tom Murphy’s brilliant blog, “Do the Math” where he uses critical quantitative thinking to approach our energy challenges and policies. Here he  discusses adaptations that will have an immediate impact on transportation and liquid fuels.

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“Again, I come to the conclusion that one thing we can do—totally under our own control—is to reduce our demand of liquid fuels faster than the naturally-imposed decline rate. And again, I look for factor-of-two level solutions, rather than piddly few-percent window-dressing. Let’s kick this problem in the teeth!”…

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Successful Young Americans Seen Drifting Away From Car Culture: Smart Phones Play A Role

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 | Editor | No Comments

Original Article by John Laumer, Treehugger

Note from Editor: This is another follow-up blog posting regarding the recent report from the Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG on Transportation and the New Generation. The interesting take here is on the role of smart phone technology that is ubiquitous and moves with today’s young people.

“As always, there’s more sex in the city, better restaurants, and a far better music and theater scene than can be found in any suburb. If you can no longer afford to fly to Tortugas for a vacation, life in the city is a reliable way to keep life interesting for the long haul – especially important once you decide TV sucks. This is a given.”

Full article at original site

Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Editor | No Comments

Original article by Benjamin Davis and Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group; Phineas Baxandall, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

“America has long created transportation policy under the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady rate. The changing transportation preferences of young people – and Americans overall – throw that assumption into doubt. Policy-makers and the public need to be aware that America’s current transportation policy – dominated by road building – is fundamentally out-of-step with the transportation patterns and expressed preferences of growing numbers of Americans. It is time for policy-makers to consider the implication of changes in driving habits for the nation’s transportation infrastructure decisions and funding practices, and consider a new vision for transportation policy that reflects the needs of 21st century America.”

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