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The influence of traffic noise on appreciation of the living quality of a neighborhood

Dick Botteldooren (UGent) , Luc Dekoninck (UGent) and Dominique Gillis (UGent)
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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.
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traffic noise, quality of life, neighborhood satisfaction, URBAN SOUNDSCAPES, SATISFACTION, PERCEPTIONS, ENVIRONMENT, POPULATION, ANNOYANCE, HEALTH, AREAS

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Botteldooren, Dick, Luc Dekoninck, and Dominique Gillis. 2011. “The Influence of Traffic Noise on Appreciation of the Living Quality of a Neighborhood.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8 (3): 777–798.
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Botteldooren, D., Dekoninck, L., & Gillis, D. (2011). The influence of traffic noise on appreciation of the living quality of a neighborhood. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 8(3), 777–798.
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Botteldooren D, Dekoninck L, Gillis D. The influence of traffic noise on appreciation of the living quality of a neighborhood. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 2011;8(3):777–98.
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Botteldooren, Dick, Luc Dekoninck, and Dominique Gillis. “The Influence of Traffic Noise on Appreciation of the Living Quality of a Neighborhood.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 8.3 (2011): 777–798. Print.
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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.},
  author       = {Botteldooren, Dick and Dekoninck, Luc and Gillis, Dominique},
  issn         = {1660-4601},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH},
  keywords     = {traffic noise,quality of life,neighborhood satisfaction,URBAN SOUNDSCAPES,SATISFACTION,PERCEPTIONS,ENVIRONMENT,POPULATION,ANNOYANCE,HEALTH,AREAS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {777--798},
  title        = {The influence of traffic noise on appreciation of the living quality of a neighborhood},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8030777},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2011},
}

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