CityHush research results to reduce traffic noise in cities
Topics covered in the 3rd CityHush newsletter are:
- Cost & benefit analysis of quiet zones
- Low-noise tyres for electric vehicles
- Evaluation of the effect of restrictions on the use of studded tyres in quiet zones
- Development of a low noise road surface for inner city areas
- Low-frequency insulation of facades
A CityHush session "Acoustically Green Road Vehicles and City Areas" will be held at the international conference Euronoise 2012, 10-12 June in Prague. It targets urban transport noise experts from industry and research.
Two workshops specifically for local authorities will be organised in autumn 2012 to learn about the CityHush concepts and tools of traffic noise reduction. Date and place will be confirmed in the coming months.
The European CityHush project supports city administrations with the development and implementation of noise action plans according to the directive EC 2002/49. Noise action plans made with existing technology suffer from major shortcomings: there is a poor correlation between hot spots and annoyance and complaints, most measures lead to increased emissions, and only indoor noise comfort is addressed.