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Aging, Driving and Commute Distance

Authors: Bruce Newbold*, McMaster University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Population Geography, Canada
Keywords: Aging, commuting, Canada, transportation
Session Type: Paper
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Increasingly, older adults are working beyond the typical retirement age of 65, either because of economic necessity or preference to remain in the workforce. For these older adults, their commuting patterns may be different from younger cohorts as these older workers adjust their residential and employment patterns. For example, is the length (distance, time) different between older working adults (aged greater than 65), and pre-retirement adults? A related question is whether there is a trade-off between commute distance and residential location, with older adults willing to exchange longer commutes over the short term for a preferred residential location. Using the 2016 Canadian Census, this paper will look at commute distance amongst older adults and their residential location.

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