Travel behaviour and mobility needs of older adults in an ageing and car-dependent society

Jianqiang Cui* (Corresponding Author), Becky P. Y. Loo, Dong Lin

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An ageing population poses long-term challenges for a nation’s health, labour force market, housing and transport, affecting economic growth, living standards and government finances. With increasingly rapid ageing in both developed and developing countries, how to develop future transport frameworks, taking into account the increasingly large ageing population and their travel needs, has been emerging as a major challenge in urban policy development. This review explores how demographic changes in an ageing society and the associated travel patterns of a changing older cohort may impact on future transport demand by providing evidence on the travel behaviour of older adults, its associated influencing factors and the possible alternatives to car transport for older adults. It concludes by discussing major policy areas for addressing the elderly’s mobility needs via the provision of future transport infrastructure and services, implementing legislative and institutional approaches, and building accessible mobility environments. The paper also identifies key directions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-128
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sciences
Issue number2
Early online date6 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

This paper was partially funded by a research grant from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council General Research Fund [HKU 748912H].


  • Older Adults
  • Travel behaviour
  • ageing
  • built environment
  • active travel
  • health


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