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Traffic noise is a threat to outdoor recreation in urban areas.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Abstract Guide of the 26th International Congress in Applied Psychology.: Athens: International Association of Applied Psychology, 2006., 2006, Abstract S125.4- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Current noise policy focuses on reducing high levels of community noise in dwellings, primarily with measures designed to reduce indoor levels. For example, one of Sweden’s environmental objectives is to reduce the number of persons highly exposed to traffic noise in dwellings by 5 % from 1998 to 2010. In the same period, car use is expected to increase with 29 %. This development is a threat to outdoor recreation in urban areas, because there is a real danger that in striving to reduce residential noise exposure, the sound environment in non-residential areas will be sacrificed. Unfortunately, guideline values for noise exposure in such areas, e.g., urban parks and green open spaces, are missing, mainly due to lack of knowledge on what makes a sound environment pleasant and restorative. Existing guideline values for residential areas are not relevant, because they are only intended for limiting negative effects of noise, such as annoyance and sleep disturbance, not for creating positive sound environments. This paper presents results from recent research on positive sound environments, and discusses the potential implications for noise policy.

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2006. Abstract S125.4- p.
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traffic noise, positive sound environments, noise policy
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-21374DiVA: diva2:187901
Available from: 2007-12-10 Created: 2007-12-10Bibliographically approved

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