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What Daily Intra-Urban Mobility Without the Car? The Case of Adolescents in a Suburb of Strasbourg

Thierry Ramadier, Chrissanthy Petropoulou, Anne-Christine Bronner

What geographical structure and urban morphologies characterize the daily mobility of suburban adolescents who have no direct access to a motorcar? What role do parents play, whether because of their social standing or because of the way they « support » their child’s daily itinerary? Finally, what urban areas do adolescents patronize, and to what extent are there variations within this age group? To answer these questions, we carried out an in-depth investigation, involving 36 adolescents residing in a neighbourhood mainly dedicated to housing developments in the Strasburg inner suburban ring. The results indicate that the distribution of areas patronized within the conurbation represent in fact four major geographical types. But there are other factors that come into play, more especially gender, the type of activity that requires mobility, the means of transport, the cityscapes patronized and represented. In other words, we are looking at four types of relationship with geographical space that seem to be largely dependent on existing types of socio-spatial segregation. Nevertheless, parental support appears to be a significant factor when it comes to modulating these socio-spatial impacts on the daily mobility of the adolescent.