The gender turnaround: young women now travelling more than young men

Sara Tilley, Donald Houston

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    Daily travel mobility is on a downward trend in several developed economies, including the UK. This paper examines how mobility trends are differentiated by gender and birth cohort. Over the last decade, young adult women in Britain have come to have greater weekly mobility than their male counterparts. Until recently, women have consistently had lower mobility than men - suggesting that this finding could be a significant break with the past. This gender turnaround is driven mainly by young men travelling substantially less today than previous generations of young men. We find that younger cohorts of women travel are travelling further as they age, whilst younger cohorts of men are no longer becoming more mobile as they approach early mid-life, traditionally a life course peak in travel mobility. Possible reasons for the greater mobility of young women than young men are discussed and areas for future research identified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)349-358
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Transport Geography
    Early online date6 Jul 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


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