Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Youth on the Move: Young People and Transport in the 21st Century

How young people use transport matters for society. Transport connects them to education, work, friends and other opportunities. Mobility patterns of the younger generation also matter for sustainability, economic development, liveability, health and well-being. Yet, young people’s views are rarely factored into transport policy explicitly. This report addresses the gap by reviewing young citizens’ travel patterns and behaviours, identifying their expectations regarding mobility and life opportunities and investigating their mobility-relevant experiences, capabilities and skills. To maximise the potential of youth, it is important that governments, communities, and other stakeholders ensure all young people have access to safe and affordable transport. It is also important to engage young people in the planning and implementation of transport initiatives so that their needs are met.

Policy Insights

  • Include young people in transport planning and decision-making.
  • Proactively shape youth mobility behaviour for long-term sustainable transport outcomes.
  • Adopt “soft measures” to influence young people’s travel choices.
  • Collect data on young people’s mobility patterns, needs and expectations to enhance policies and planning.

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