Built environment and tourism as road safety determinants in Benidorm (Spain)

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Title: Built environment and tourism as road safety determinants in Benidorm (Spain)
Authors: Casares Blanco, Jairo | Fernández-Aracil, Patricia | Ortuño Padilla, Armando
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Transporte, Territorio y Medio Litoral (AORTA) | Economía de la Vivienda y Sector Inmobiliario (ECOVISI)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario del Agua y las Ciencias Ambientales
Keywords: Road safety | Land use planning | Pedestrian road accident | Tourism environment | Benidorm
Knowledge Area: Ingeniería e Infraestructura de los Transportes
Issue Date: 11-Feb-2019
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: European Planning Studies. 2019, 27(7): 1314-1328. doi:10.1080/09654313.2019.1579784
Abstract: The rise in the number of urban road accidents is a challenge shared by all European cities, which seek to improve mobility while reducing transport problems. In recent years, urban road accidents in Spain have been constantly increasing and now account for a larger share of the total number of road accidents. This paper aims to analyse the impact of urban factors on road accidents. For this purpose, a small-scale analysis of land use and road infrastructure has been conducted in the town of Benidorm, one of the main tourist destinations in Spain. In addition, a regression analysis has been carried out using a Negative Binomial distribution. The results show that factors such as the level of mixed land uses, population density and road infrastructure are related to urban road accidents. The findings also reveal that tourism environments have a positive impact on pedestrian road safety. Small-scale analyses, particularly those related to exclusively-oriented environments, such as tourism developments, should be studied in detail in order to promote safety, liveability and sustainability in our cities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/92874
ISSN: 0965-4313 (Print) | 1469-5944 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1579784
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1579784
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