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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(3), 777-798; doi:10.3390/ijerph8030777

The Influence of Traffic Noise on Appreciation of the Living Quality of a Neighborhood

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Department of Information Technology, Ghent University, St. Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Department of Mobility and Spatial Planning, Ghent University, Vrijdagmarkt 10/301, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Received: 1 February 2011 / Revised: 28 February 2011 / Accepted: 28 February 2011 / Published: 7 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Noise and Quality of Life)
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Abstract

Traffic influences the quality of life in a neighborhood in many different ways. Today, in many patsy of the world the benefits of accessibility are taken for granted and traffic is perceived as having a negative impact on satisfaction with the neighborhood. Negative health effects are observed in a number of studies and these stimulate the negative feelings in the exposed population. The noise produced by traffic is one of the most important contributors to the appreciation of the quality of life. Thus, it is useful to define a number of indicators that allow monitoring the current impact of noise on the quality of life and predicting the effect of future developments. This work investigates and compares a set of indicators related to exposure at home and exposure during trips around the house. The latter require detailed modeling of the population’s trip behavior. The validity of the indicators is checked by their ability to predict the outcome of a social survey and by outlining potential causal paths between them and the outcome variables considered: general satisfaction with the quality of life in the neighborhood, noise annoyance at home, and reported traffic density in the area.
Keywords: traffic noise; quality of life; neighborhood satisfaction traffic noise; quality of life; neighborhood satisfaction
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Botteldooren, D.; Dekoninck, L.; Gillis, D. The Influence of Traffic Noise on Appreciation of the Living Quality of a Neighborhood. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 777-798.

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