ATTITUDES OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRANSPORT PROBLEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Recent discussions on environmental problems showed that - environmental protection is to be seen in close reciprocal relation to other values, - within this system of values the attitudes to transport modes and the use of its facilities are central issues. In order to get empirical material on these hypothetical connections the Daimler-Benz Company initiated a representative survey about the "attitudes of the young generation to environmental problems". The results of the survey are presented: - a typical pattern of attitudes representing the younger generation could not be found; but there are special patterns leading to different minority attitudes. - the intentions of younger people to own and use a car or a motorbike seem to be more stable than was believed; - the acceptance of reducing motorized individual transportation modes because of ecological reasons could be found for a minority. Increasing the level of restriction - driving a smaller car/driving slowly/renunciation of using cars in cities/general renunciation of car use - means less acceptance of the proposed measures; - bicycle and pedestrian traffic are judged positively in all groups; - the importance of individual transportation is indicated by the attitude towards future road and highway development: 70% of the young adults would favour extension of roads and highways. It is concluded that: - the range of environmental attitudes shows a trend towards individual transport modes even in the younger generation; - the attitudes of young adults to mobility and transportation cannot be described in one pattern; - the mentioned attitudes must be seen in connection with corresponding personal attitudes and behaviour to environmental problems; - results about the stability of attitudes and its influence on behavioural patterns cannot be figured out in the case of an isolated survey. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Transport Planning Methods. Proceedings of Seminar N held at the PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, University of Sussex, England, 4-7 July 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

    110 Strand
    London WC2,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Mattrisch, G
    • WASCHKE, T
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 83-92

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P243
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM