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Use of Alternative Forms of Transport in Older Drivers in the Suburban Outskirts of Sydney

Keay, L, Coxon, K, Aboodi, H., Fletcher, J., Boufous, S, Ivers, R, Clarke, E, Brown, J

Older Drivers

ARSC conference 2017

Retirement from driving is a major life decision and can result in loss of independent mobility. We investigated use of alternative transport, such as buses, trains, taxis and community transport among 380 drivers aged 75+ years resident in the suburban outskirts of Sydney during a 12-month study. The use of alternative transport was low, regardless of public transport accessibility and did not increase with the Behind The Wheel program which provided individual advice about transport. This study suggests that it is difficult to shift patterns of transport use amongst residents of outer suburban areas who rely on driving for transport.