Driving Segregation: Age, Gender and Emerging Inequalities



Posing a challenge to transport planning and urban development, Minton and Clark investigate the long-term impacts that a deeply embedded preference for car travel may have for an ageing society. Using longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey, the authors graphically explore relationships between generational membership, age, gender and social class. Data visualisation indicates that declining car access and licence holding may be more a response to economic vulnerability than a proactive choice towards more sustainable and active travel. As poor mobility and accessibility can further amplify the intergenerational (dis)advantage, lower levels of licence holding and car ownership—particularly apparent in the millennial generation—invite a re-evaluation of policy priorities to support improved public transport and active travel for healthier ageing.


Driving licence Lexis surfaces Generational differences Cohort Millennial 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban StudiesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Sociology and Social Policy, School of Media, Culture & SocietyUniversity of the West of ScotlandPaisleyUK

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