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Rethinking passive transport: bus fare exemptions and young people's wellbeing

Jones, Alasdair ORCID: 0000-0002-4933-4023, Steinbach, Rebecca, Roberts, Helen, Goodman, Anna and Green, Judith (2012) Rethinking passive transport: bus fare exemptions and young people's wellbeing. Health and Place, 18 (3). pp. 605-612. ISSN 1353-8292

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.003


Much recent public health research has emphasised the health impacts for young people of ‘active travel’ modes, typically defined as walking and cycling. Less research has focused on public transport modes. Drawing on qualitative data, we examine the links between bus travel and wellbeing in London, where young people currently have free bus travel. Our findings indicate that bus travel can be both a physically and socially active experience for young people. We suggest a more nuanced understanding of ‘active travel’ is now needed, alongside greater attention to urban public transport networks as key sites that impact on important determinants of wellbeing such as independent mobility and social inclusion.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 09:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:00
Projects: 09/3001/13
Funders: National Institute for Health Research

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