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Goods movement, road safety, and spatial inequity: Evaluating freight-related crashes in low-income or minority neighborhoods

Quan Yuan and Jueyu Wang

Journal of Transport Geography, 2021, vol. 96, issue C

Abstract: The significant growth in freight traffic and relevant crashes has aroused increasing concerns about road safety threats in local communities. We use data from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area and examine the spatial relationship between freight-related crashes and neighborhoods with low-income and minority populations. We find that both household income and percentage of minority population are significantly correlated with the density of both freight-related crashes and freight-related crashes causing severe injuries and fatalities. The results indicate that freight-related crashes are subject to a spatial inequity problem. The findings underscore the importance of incorporating freight-related safety improvement within these low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Keywords: Road safety; Freight movement; Spatial inequity; Spatial lag models; Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2021.103186

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