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dc.contributor.authorSemwal, Tushar
dc.contributor.authorMilton, Karen
dc.contributor.authorJepson, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Mike
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-15T10:08:04Z
dc.date.available2021-12-15T10:08:04Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-05
dc.date.submitted2021-04-15
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.others12889-021-12084-x
dc.identifier.other12084
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/331435
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Twenty miles per hour (20mph) speed limits (equivalent to roughly 30kmh) have become part of public health policies to reduce urban road collisions and casualties, especially in Western countries. Public opinion plays a crucial role in opposition to and acceptance of policies that are advocated for improving public health. Twenty miles per hour speed limit policies were implemented in Edinburgh and Belfast from 2016 to 2018. In this paper, we extract public opinion and sentiments expressed about the new 20mph speed limits in those cities using publicly available Twitter data. METHODS: We analysed public sentiments from Twitter data and classified the public comments in plain English into the categories 'positive', 'neutral', and 'negative'. We also explored the frequency and sources of the tweets. RESULTS: The total volume of tweets was higher for Edinburgh than for Belfast, but the volume of tweets followed a similar pattern, peaking around 2016, which is when the schemes were implemented. Overall, the tone of the tweets was positive or neutral towards the implementation of the speed limit policies. This finding was surprising as there is a perception among policymakers that there would have been public backlash against these sorts of policy changes. The commonly used hashtags focused largely on road safety and other potential benefits, for example to air pollution. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, public attitudes towards the policies were positive, thus policymakers should be less anxious about potential public backlash when considering the scale-up of 20mph speed restrictions.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.subjectResearch
dc.subjectPubklic health
dc.subjectPolicy
dc.subjectIntervention
dc.subjectSpeed restrictions
dc.subjectSocial media
dc.subjectTwitter mining
dc.subjectSentiment analysis
dc.titleTweeting about twenty: an analysis of interest, public sentiments and opinion about 20mph speed restrictions in two UK cities.
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-12-15T10:08:03Z
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationNameBMC Public Health
prism.volume21
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.78889
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-10-21
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1186/s12889-021-12084-x
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidKelly, Mike [0000-0002-2029-5841]
dc.identifier.eissn1471-2458
cam.issuedOnline2021-11-05


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