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Modes of Transportation and Territories Practiced Solo by Teenagers in the Urban Region of Quebec City

Marie-Hélène Vandersmissen

This article is aimed at better documenting individual resources with respect to mobility, the characteristics of daily mobility and the extramural territories covered by adolescents residing in the Quebec City metropolitan area. We will be asking two questions: does the motorcar, as a means of transportation, really permit adolescents to cover a wider territory than would be possible using public transport (in this case Quebec City buses)? Is the area of territory covered by young men larger than that covered by young women? Our main results indicate that the territories covered by adolescents are wider when they are driving a car than when using public transport, except when they reside in downtown neighbourhoods; and that it is only when they are « pedestrians » that young men cover more territory than do the young women.