An investigation into the factors influencing travel needs during later life

Carlo Luiu*, Miles Tight, Michael Burrow

*Corresponding author for this work

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As the population in Western countries becomes older, providing transportation able to meet travel needs during later life will become more challenging, especially due to the heterogeneity and differences in background, health and travel patterns of that population. Given the importance of the link between the ability to be mobile and use transportation with individuals’ wellbeing, this study investigates the factors which influence the fulfilment of travel needs amongst the older population. The study employs a conceptual framework based on five interrelated domains that shape and influence out-of-home travel needs during later life. The results indicate that access to the car, especially as a driver, and individuals’ health and wellbeing conditions are the two main factors affecting the fulfilment of travel needs with regards to both realised mobility and unmet travel needs. Around one-third of the respondents reported the need to undertake more out-of-home activities than they do, particularly older women. Activities reported more in this sense were those related to the discretionary domain such as visiting other people and undertaking social and leisure activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-99
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Transport and Health
Early online date5 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Mobility needs
  • Older people
  • Travel needs
  • Unmet travel needs
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Transportation
  • Pollution
  • Safety Research
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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