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Economics pushes many young adults to do without cars


Economics pushes many young adults to do without cars

December 25, 2014    Last updated: Thursday, December 25, 2014, 1:21 AM
Wire Service

MINNEAPOLIS — Consider Jake Gau a multimodal millennial.

On chillier mornings, the 25-year-old rehabilitation aide hops on the No. 30 bus in northeast Minneapolis bound for his job at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley. On warmer days, he pedals his mountain bike westward to work.

Missing from his array of transportation options: a car. And that’s just fine with him.

Much of the millennial generation — roughly 77 million Americans born between 1983 and 2000 — is decidedly lukewarm when it comes to Americans’ century-long love affair with the automobile. They appear to prefer biking, walking, taking mass transit and sharing cars, exhibiting behavior that could have a profound effect on transportation and land-use policies for years to come.

“Transportation policy tends to be a generation behind. We’re still trying to build our grandfather’s interstate highway system,” said Phineas Baxandall, a senior analyst with the consumer group U.S. PIRG. Policymakers should not only accommodate Gen Y’s desire to drive less, but encourage it, he said.

“We’ve spent a number of years talking about millennials and how they have different sensibilities when it comes to transportation,” said Minnesota state Sen. Scott Dibble, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Now we have to respond with policy.”

6 thoughts on “Economics pushes many young adults to do without cars

  1. Who said that a car is needed for much of anything?

  2. Yes #1 especially when they build all those tenements in the CBD

  3. Total BS fabricated article to push the anti-automobile agenda.

    Forget these propaganda article and look at automobile sales and registrations…

    A quick search shows..

    New-Vehicle Sales Continue Year-over-Year Growth

    New-Car Sales to Jump 11.6 Percent Year-Over-Year in July

    (need to wait until Q1 1015 to see final 2014 sales numbers)

    Also look to automobile registrations – inclusive of new and used cars.

    No loss of love between Americans and the automobile – except in the vocal, radical, agenda driven minority.

  4. Good info #3. This also the kind of fabricated information the developer for the CBD are trying to push along with our planner and Big Al the Developers Friend.

  5. I admit that I own and insure the cars that my millennials use.

  6. Yes me to #5 . Hard for them to get credit first time around so he give me the car payment. Insurance is cheaper under my name.

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