An international comparison of travel patterns amongst seniors: opportunities to manage a successful transition from driving in the U.S., Denmark and Australia

J.A. Oxley, A. Siren, J.L. Charlton, S. O'Hern

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Transitioning from driver to non-driver can be difficult, however, use of other transport options can mitigate some difficulty. Examination of travel patterns by seniors using travel survey data show there is a heavy reliance on car travel in the US and Australia (US: 84%, Aus: 70%), however, less reliance in Denmark (55%). Compared with the US, higher proportions of seniors walked in Denmark and Australia (US: 10%, Aus: 21%, Denmark: 25%). Further, there was a very low level use of public transport in the US (0.2%), compared with significantly higher use in Denmark and Australia (approximately 8%). The bicycle was a considerably less popular mode of travel. Further analyses will consider the impact of a range of factors on modal choice. The implications of these findings will be discussed in terms of i) developing effective educational programs, ii) provision of viable/affordable/accessible, transport options, and iii) enhancements to infrastructure/built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts
Place of PublicationCary NC USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
EventAnnual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological-Society-of-America 2015 - Orlando, United States of America
Duration: 18 Nov 201522 Nov 2015
Conference number: 68th

Publication series

NameThe Gerontologist
PublisherOxford University Press
NumberSup 2
ISSN (Print)0016-9013
ISSN (Electronic)1758-5341


ConferenceAnnual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological-Society-of-America 2015
CountryUnited States of America

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