This article describes several initiatives in the UK, concerned with the design of environments to minimise dangers to women travellers during their journeys. Women can be taught to protect themselves in ways appropriate to their strengths and abilities. Much useful information emerged from a study of crime on the London Underground, which has been used to improve perceptions of safety as well as reduce crime. One of the things that make women feel most vulnerable is lack of information, so that provision of good travel information, including real-time information, is crucial. Staff training can greatly help women to feel welcome in cities. Taxis can help to liberate women, but are too often difficult to recognise. Several aspects of public transport design and shopping centre design can increase safety for women and children. Women-only services can be helpful, but on the whole tend to be problematic. If closed circuit television (CCTV) is used, it must be seen to be there and monitored; it needs to be part of an information system, and to be supplemented by telephone lines, panic buttons, etc. Any staff present should be visible. Safety strategies should take account of women's perceptions as well as objective factors.

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  SW8 2XX
  • Authors:
    • BEURET, K
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 11-9
  • Serial:
    • WALK
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716032
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM