Art meets research in a photo exhibition starting today at Avondale Community Library. The “Picture This” exhibition will show photos showcasing the transport habits and experiences of Pacific, Maori and Asian youth from Auckland, who chose not to use cars.
Study lead author, Aimee Ward with the Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium at the University of Otago, describes the study:
…young people who do not drive cars choose buses, trains, cycling and walking because they are more affordable and convenient transport options.
The study is a joint project between the University of Otago, Auckland Transport, Pasifika Injury Prevention Aukilana and Auckland Council.
The qualitative study of nine Pacific, Maori and Asian youth from Auckland also explored ways that public and other means of transport such as cycling and walking could be made easier and more attractive to young people. The purpose of the project was to create discussion about transport issues that was generated by the participants themselves.
The study participants took photographs as a way to communicate their experiences. While some of those depicted aspects that need improvement, overall the photographs portrayed positive themes. The themes that emerged included the ease of using public transport, reasons why public or active transport is a better alternative to driving, as well as pride and beauty in their neighbourhoods.