Comment 78370

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 12, 2012 at 10:09:11 in reply to Comment 78361

I grew up in the suburbs east of Toronto and couldn't get my driver's licence fast enough: a teenager in suburbia without a licence and access to a car is essentially stranded.

One of the reasons I made a choice to move to an urban neighbourhood was that I wanted my children to have a chance to become independently mobile earlier than I did. I wanted them to live in a neighbourhood that allowed them get to a variety of destinations through a combination of walking, cycling and transit rather than always needing their parents to be a 'chauffeur service'.

My older child is 17 and has little interest in getting a driver's licence right now. It turns out this is quite normal among younger people today: between the high cost of driving, the abundance of alternative modes and the normalization of communications media that preclude driving, a licence simply isn't as important, useful or compelling as it used to be.

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