• Concerned2000 avatar Concerned2000 Posted: 6/19/2012 6:51am PDT

    Graduated licensing =
    at 16, when prior generations were driving around with thier friends, current young people can only drive in daylight hours with 1 other person.
    at 17 kids still have restrictions on when and with who they can drive and are considered by many as "new drivers".
    at 18, while getting thier "unrestriced" license, they are also heading to college where they aren't allowed a car for thier first year.
    at 19 - 21 they are in college, racking up student debt, and drivign the parents car or older vehicles that we drove when we were 16.
    at 22 - 13 they are saddled with debt and are trying to find a job that will let them live on thier own and pay for thier gadgets.

    Why is it suprising they drive less?

  • cpesprit avatar cpesprit Posted: 5/19/2013 10:17am PDT

    So GREEN Orgs fund the study.. & who funds your work (BP)

  • fb_636251774 avatar David Posted: 6/18/2012 11:45am PDT

    Driving a piece of Japanese crap is hardly thrilling, is it?

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 6/18/2012 12:09pm PDT

    With all due respect, David, it's not just Japanese automakers that are struggling to gain a foothold with Gen Y. It's all of them: American, Asian, and European brands.

  • sundaydriver avatar sundaydriver Posted: 6/21/2012 4:34pm PDT

    Hard to figure. In war-torn Europe of the 1940s and '50s, people walked, rode bicycles, and used mass transit more than since the early 1920s simply because there was no alternative. They got back into automobiles as soon as they could. So it's surprising that in today's far more affluent world people would actually make a choice to regress some 60 years or so. But such is the mystery of the human species. Then again, given the slant of the outfit doing the study, sources notwithstanding, the "trend" may be partly based on wishful thinking or desire to influence the behavior of impressionable young people. Given a choice, most folks avoid mass transit like the plague! We ride bikes or walk for fun and exercise, not serious transportation.

  • fb_21421012 avatar Travis Posted: 4/8/2013 3:25pm PDT

    I think you're missing the point: the number of people who have a choice yet "avoid mass transit like the plague" is declining. I grew up in a rural area where you needed a car to get anywhere. I now choose to live in an urban area where I have almost everything I need within walking distance or a very short bus or car ride away. And I hope my city's transit network improves to the point where I no longer need to own a car. I'm not saying that *everyone* is like me, but there is a growing number of people like me. The stigma against people that take transit and/or bike for transportation is simply going away.

  • MrCat avatar MrCat Posted: 4/9/2013 3:30pm PDT

    24 years ago I lived in New Jersey and worked in Manhattan. Like most of the people I knew, we commuted. Those people who could catch a bus or train that took them into Manhattan in a single trip could sleep, read, eat, or whatever they wished and generally were happier than those who had to make several connections. The idea that mass transit allows people to do other things while traveling is not new, it's being discovered by lots of people who never figured it out before.