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Traffic and Health in Glasgow

If you are taking part in one of our studies and would more information or would like to tell us about a change of contact details, please email us at survey@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk or contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129 when we will be happy to help you.


Traffic and Health in Glasgow


The aim of this study is to increase our understanding of how and why changing characteristics of the urban environment affect how people feel about living in their neighbourhoods, where they go in those neighbourhoods and how active they are. In 2005 we carried out a postal survey of 1322 adults living in three areas of Glasgow. We are now building on that baseline study by investigating changes in travel patterns, physical activity, perceptions of the neighbourhood environment, wellbeing, and road traffic casualties in a follow-up study. We are beginning by repeating our postal survey in autumn 2013. In 2014 we will invite some of our survey participants to spend a week wearing unobtrusive monitors (accelerometers and GPS receivers) to provide more detailed information about their activity patterns, because we are particularly interested in where people go in their neighbourhoods and how this may have been affected by any changes in their environment. We will also interview a smaller number face-to-face to explore their experiences in more detail, and audit the study areas to ascertain exactly how the environment has changed.

The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research programme. It is led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge under the auspices of the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), in collaboration with the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and the Public Health group at the University of Glasgow, the University of East Anglia, the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

If you have any questions related to taking part in this study, please contact the Survey Office at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

For more information about the scientific background to the study and the emerging results, please visit the study web page.


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