Physical Activity and Health / Young Professionals and Entrepreneurship

Young Americans Less Likely to Drive Than Their Parents

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Millennials are the first generation since the invention of the automobile to be less likely to get a driver’s license than their parents.

Transportation and behavioural studies over the past decade have recorded a steady rise in the number of people walking and biking for recreation and transportation, as well as a growing demand among all age groups for better access to walking and biking pathways.

The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s annual benchmarking report collects and analyzes data on bicycling and walking across all 50 states.

Pertinent to a college town like Morgantown, their research finds a 15 percent decrease in car commuting between Generation X and the Millennial generation, with 92 percent of Gen-Xers driving to work compared to only 77 percent of Millennials.

In fact, Millennials are the first generation since the invention of the automobile to be less likely to get a driver’s license than their parents.

This trend has made better study of biking and walking patterns of growing import in recent years, particularly in dense population centers with lots of young people.

RTC’s Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP) project has created a new generation of urban trail planning tools. The core of the platform is a suite of general analytical models for measuring trail system connectivity, factoring and forecasting trail use demand, and translating trail use into dollars related to health and transportation impacts.

T-MAP enables communities to precisely forecast the returns on investment that trails and greenways stimulate locally. As part of their effort to increase the trail use data and research, RTC has created a free trail traffic counting app, Go Counter. More info at www.railstotrails.org/gocounter/

Related Content:

New Counts Record Bike/Ped Traffic on Morgantown Trails

Alliance for Biking and Walking – Annual Benchmarking Report

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