Driving has lost its cool for young Americans

Oh, I’m so trendy. I’ve been car-free for 7.5 years. There are a lot of great tidbits in this article. Maybe there is hope for a cleaner, less car dependent society in ‘Merica.

Driving has lost its cool for young Americans

In 2008, just 31 percent of American 16-year-olds had their driver’s licenses, down from 46 percent in 1983, according to a new study in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The numbers were down for 18-year-olds too, from 80 percent in 1983 to 65 percent in 2008, and the percentage of twenty- and thirtysomethings with driver’s licenses fell as well. And even those with driver’s licenses are trying to drive less; a new survey by car-sharing company Zipcar found that more than half of drivers under the age of 44 are making efforts to reduce the time they spend packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes.

This is mostly about the $8,500.

You can buy a lot of gadgets for just a fraction of the $8,500 the average American spends each year to maintain a car, not to mention the average cost of buying the car in the first place — more than $29,000 for a new car, or more than $18,000for a used one.

Fucking suburbs aren’t even good enough for people these days. I had to look up exurb. What, there is even an exurb magazine?! Exurb Google search.

Millennials want to live in walkable urban cores instead of suburbs and exurbs that require residents to drive everywhere.

I’m going to continue biking.

About jeffbedel

Indiana native that moved to Cincinnati in January 2012. Former trivia host, beer snob, foodie, non-conformist.

Posted on December 29, 2011, in Archive. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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