Youth and transport in the GCR

Youth in Gauteng rely more heavily on non-motorised and public transport than those over 35 years of age. This reflects relatively higher unemployment and lower income when compared with older residents. Racial disparities are starkly reflected within the 18-34 age bracket: 73% of African youth use public transport to get to work compared to just 6% of white youth. Two conclusions flow from this. First, providing access to a ordable and e cient public transport is crucial to reducing socio-economic exclusion of youth, particularly for work-seekers and students. Second, investing in and promoting public and non-motorised transport may mitigate a shift to private modes of transport once young peoples' socio-economic conditions improve later in life, and in turn help achieve a society less reliant on cars.


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