Driving and the young
I just saw the recent study, "Transportation and the New Generation" put out by NJ PIRG, which seeks to explain why the young are driving less.
Figure 7 contains the results of a poll asking respondents to choose between "smart growth" and "sprawl" environments. 62 percent of 18-29 year olds chose smart growth, as opposed to 54 percent of thirtysomethings and 58 percent of sixtysomethings.
Similarly, Figure 8 shows that 27 percent of 18-29 year olds think it is "very important" to have social amenities within walking distance, as opposed to 21 percent of thirtysomethings and a similar percent of sixtysomethings.
And Figure 13 shows that 46 percent of 18-34 year olds reduce their driving to protect the environment, as opposed to 42 percent of sixtysomethings - again, not a huge gap.
The authors of the survey seem to think these results are a big deal. I don't, given that 18-29 year olds are less likely to have children and thus to need more space. Actually, I would have expected a bigger age difference. (Of course, this may be actually a positive from an urbanist point of view- even if it doesn't show rousing youth support for urbanism, it also shows lots of nonyouth support!)
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