Aim: To determine whether local politicians influence the distribution of traffic calming measures.
Methods: Longitudinal ecological study in two UK cities. Local political constituencies were categorized by representation by members of the cabinet structure as a marker of influence. The density of traffic calming features per political area, adjusted for the historical pattern of road injuries, was compared between cabinet represented and non-represented areas.
Results: Traffic calming density was significantly associated with cabinet representation status, adjusted for historical collision risk (risk ratio 2.77, 95% confidence interval 1.37 to 5.61).
Conclusion: These results support the hypothesis that senior local politicians are effective advocates for enhancing safety in their areas.
- GPS, global positioning satellite
- GIS, geographical information system
- TCF, traffic calming feature
- public advocacy
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Competing interests: none.
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