Different worlds of non-motoring: households without cars in Germany

Giulio Mattioli

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The composition of the carless population is arguably a good indicator for the level of car dependence of a local area. Indeed, the group of households without a car in inner cities is not only larger, but also more diverse in terms of socio-demographic composition and more mobile in terms of travel behaviour. By contrast, non-car ownership in peripheral and rural areas is rarer and more concentrated in marginal social groups, who are also less mobile overall. In this paper, I provide evidence to support this hypothesis on the basis of a secondary analysis of the German national travel survey for the year 2008. Applying latent class analysis to a battery of items on the reasons for not owning a car, I put forward a typology of carless households, and then discuss how it varies across different types of area
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobilitäten und Immobilitäten
Subtitle of host publicationMenschen, Ideen, Dinge, Kulturen, Kapital
EditorsJoachim Scheiner, Hans-Heinrich Blotevogel, Susanne Frank, Christian Holz-Rau, Nina Schuster
ISBN (Print)3837508293, 978383750829
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBlaue Reihe. Dortmunder Beiträge zur Raumplanung


  • car ownership
  • Sustainable Transport
  • transport and social exclusion
  • transport disadvantage
  • car dependence
  • social exclusion


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