Examining Perceptions of Public Transport Safety for Young Women in Nairobi, Kenya

Women public transport users in developing countries encounter similar challenges with personal safety as those is more developed counties. Women from low and middle-income households are often captive users of poor transport service. However, less is known about the nature of these safety perceptions and how they relate to other demographic variables, traveler attitudes, and how travelers may be adapting their travel behavior to perceptions of safety. This study presents the findings from a survey of university students in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasizing gender distinctions. The authors further estimate a series of ordinal logit models on the demographic and attitudinal effects on public transport safety perceptions and how they differ by gender. Consistent with the literature, the authors find that women travelers have a much higher odds of perceiving waiting times at public transport stations as unsafe, relative to male travelers. Further the authors find that a common adaptation to feeling unsafe is to “pretend confidence” while waiting at stations. Women who “pretend confidence” have a much higher odds of perceiving public transport as safer at nighttime. This finding raises a critical research need to study behavioral adaptations to perceptions of personal safety, how they differ by gender, and how these behaviors affect accessibility for female and male public transport riders.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763853
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-00977
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:13AM