Using online discussion forums to study attitudes toward cars and transit among young people in Victoria

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Worldwide, young people are becoming less dependent on the car for their travel. This trend has been documented in the United States, Europe and Australia. However there is relatively little research into why this trend is occurring and how the attitudes of young people are shaping their transport choices. Popular press assumes that the shift is caused in part by changes in attitudes toward the car as a status symbol, increases in electronic communications and increasing environmentalist attitudes amongst the young. However there is little academic research supporting these assertions. This paper reports on qualitative discussions conducted with young Victorians to better understand their thoughts and feelings about travel (by car, transit and walking), getting a license and owning a car. It uses the innovative approach of recruiting young people online and running the discussions using an online discussion forum. It describes how young people talk about cars, explores whether they believe electronic communications can replace face-to-face contact and explores environmental attitudes around car travel. It identifies areas needing further research and provides a critique of the research method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2012)
Subtitle of host publication26-28 September 2012, Perth, Australia [proceedings]
EditorsMelissa Bouverie
Place of PublicationPerth, Western Australia
PublisherAustralasian Transport Research Forum
Pages1 - 13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2012 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 26 Sept 201228 Sept 2012
Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2012
Abbreviated titleATRF 2012
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