Title: Road Safety and Public Health
Organisation: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Date uploaded: 25th March 2014
Date published/launched: March 2014
RoSPA has published new guidance to help road safety and public health professionals to work together to promote opportunities for walking and cycling.
The report says that a joined-up approach between public health and transport professionals can have a positive impact on issues such as heart disease, mental health and air pollution, as well as preventing injuries.
The report concludes that road safety fits best with public health when both are seen together as ‘healthy transport’. It also suggests that shared agendas between road safety and public health teams need to be identified, and that the same issues underpin poor health and safety. As an example, it points out that greater volumes of traffic lead to an increase in air pollution which in turn has a detrimental impact on people’s quality of life.
The report also includes a number of case studies where road safety and public health teams have successfully worked together.
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