UK Department for Transport Study: Travel needs and patterns of older people


The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a report that examines the travel needs, behaviour and aspirations of people as they approach retirement age. The report, entitled Understanding the travel needs, behaviour and aspirations of people in later life, was based on qualitative interviews carried out with 68 people recruited from four age groups over 50.

The objectives of the research were to:
• describe older people’s current transport needs and behaviour
• discuss older people’s experiences of using transport
• explore the transition into retirement and the attitudes that inform older people’s transport behaviour now and in the past
• examine the transport aspirations of older people

The report analyses the findings in depth, and goes on to suggest a number of implications for policies directed towards transport provision for older people. The entire report can be downloaded from the DfT website


Access Newsletter, December 2007, Centre for Accessible Environments

Thanks to Antika Sawadsri for submitting this item.

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