A landmark study has warned that young people are finding it difficult to access work, education, and social opportunities due to transport barriers. The report found that 16 to 24-year-olds were making 21% fewer trips compared to working-age adults, and the gap has widened over the last 20 years.
Young people should be able to enjoy leisure activities alongside opportunities to develop mentally and physically. The risk is that there will be increasing economic and social exclusion for young people without access to good public transport or active travel such as cycling.
The study was completed by Dr Kiron Chatterjee, Professor of Travel Behaviour at UWE Bristol. With little research into how young people get around in this key demographic. If we are ever to reach net-zero emissions, understanding barriers to active travel is key.
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