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Urban population size and road traffic collisions in Europe

Cabrera-Arnau, C; Bishop, SR; (2021) Urban population size and road traffic collisions in Europe. PLoS One , 16 (8) , Article e0256485. 10.1371/journal.pone.0256485. Green open access

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Abstract

Millions of road traffic collisions take place every year, leading to significant knock-on effects. Many of these traffic collisions take place in urban areas, where traffic levels can be elevated. Yet, little is known about the extent to which urban population size impacts road traffic collision rates. Here, we use urban scaling models to analyse geographic and road traffic collision data from over 300 European urban areas in order to study this issue. Our results show that there is no significant change in the number of road traffic collisions per person for urban areas of different sizes. However, we find individual urban locations with traffic collision rates which are remarkably high. These findings have the potential to inform policies for the allocation of resources to prevent road traffic collisions across the different cities.

Type: Article
Title: Urban population size and road traffic collisions in Europe
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256485
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0256485
Language: English
Additional information: : © 2021 Cabrera-Arnau, Bishop. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139344
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