SWOV researcher Weijermars coauthored the article 'A comprehensive analysis of the relationships between the built environment and traffic safety in the Dutch urban areas' in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention.
Built-environment factors potentially alleviate or aggravate traffic safety problems in urban areas. This paper aims to investigate the relationships of these factors with vehicle-bicycle and vehicle-vehicle property damage only (PDO) and killed and severe injury (KSI) crashes in urban areas. For this purpose, an area-level analysis using 100x100m2 cells, along with a Spatial Hurdle Negative Binomial regression model were employed.
The study area is composed of a selection of municipalities in the Netherlands-Randstad Area where major land-use developments have occurred since the 1970s. The study was conducted by developing a rich dataset composed of various national and local databases. The findings reveal that built-environment factors and land-use policies have substantial impacts on safety, which cannot be neglected.
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