Parenting responsibilities in the context of children’s mobility have been subject to a substantial change over the last few decades. Children’s current activities and travel patterns are significantly different to the previous generations when they were at the same age. Today’s children are exposed to increased car use and are chauffeured for the majority of their trips.
Whilst there is an extensive body of research on the social and environmental concerns associated with private car usage and the role of the built environment and urban form in sustainable travel, there is limited focus on children’s active contribution to these trends, both as part of the problem with their carbon intensive travel patterns and as part of the solution with their capacity to be agents for a positive change. Private cars are heavily relied on by families with children that lead to a wide range of health and environmental issues.