27 January 2011

Calming the Traffic, the Body and the Mind

A usual official response to complaints about noise is to commission a report on the topic.  I have seen numerous reports on noise issues, many dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, and many more that are more recent.  Yet the problem is rarely resolved, except when it concerns occupational health and safety.

What about domestic health and safety issues?  Do people have just as much right to be healthy and safe at home as they do at work?

If you are ever woken by loud vehicle noises at night, or in the daytime if you work at night, do you feel as though your rights have been infringed?

Here are some articles you may find interesting:

Wikipedia - Traffic calming

Project for Public Places - article about David Engwicht's work

School of Physics, University of New South Wales - dB:  What is a decibel?

Noise Health  - Journal article in 2000 - Traffic noise and cardiovascular disease

Guardian - article 2007 - Noise of modern life blames for thousands of heart deaths

Science daily - article 2009 - Road traffic noise in residential areas can increase risk of heart attack

Science daily - article 2011 - Traffic noise increases the risk of having a stroke, study suggests

In several of my previous blog posts, I have linked to a range of articles on the subject of noise as a public health issue.  Has noise had an impact on your quality of life?

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