Brown Bag Series: Going Green or in the Red - What's Behind the Recent Travel Trends of Teens and Young Adults?

Going Green or in the Red:  What's Behind the Recent Travel Trends of Teens and Young Adults?

Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Brian D. Taylor, Professor of Urban  Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Driving has been flat or declining for much of the 2000s, especially among the so-called Millennial Generation.  Explanations for this break with a near century long driving trends abound:  Young adults are rejecting the suburban, auto-oriented lifestyles favored by their parents; a new greener ethos is motivating young people to move to cities where they travel more by foot, bike, and public transit; information and communications technologies have diminished the marginal utility of driving; tougher economic times have kept otherwise willing young drivers out of cars; and so on.  This lecture will present the results of a multi-year study of Millennials and travel -- because the policy implications vary significantly depending on what is really behind these trends.
Where: Preinkert Field House - Conference Room 1112V
University of Maryland College Park