Car use in cities contribute to health risks, traffic accidents, air- and noise pollution. An increasing number of cities (are planning to) change speed limits from 50km/h to 30km/h, which can improve active mobility, better health and create a healthier living environment.

APH researcher Nicole den Braver co-initiated two projects on this topic, funded by the Erasmus initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and by the Academische Werkplaats Gezonde Leefomgeving. These projects will provide evidence on the impact of 30km/h speed limits on mobility, health, vitality and the environment. We will do so by evaluating the upcoming introduction of new 30km/h zones in Rotterdam, in collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam.

Also, various data sources will be linked to assess the impact of speed limit changes over past years in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, to various health and safety outcomes. The funds will in part be used for a 2-year postdoc position.

The interdisciplinary project team includes Prof. Pilar García-Gómez (Applied Economics, Erasmus University), Prof. Alex Burdorf (Public Health, Erasmus MC), Dr. Anna Bornioli (Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics), Dr. Famke Mölenberg (Public Health, Erasmus MC), Tobias Koster (GGD Amsterdam) and Dr. Saskia van der Zee (GGD Amsterdam).

More information? Please mail Nicole den Braver.