Pulling together the threads of over a dozen international research studies, a literature review from WSP graduate transportation engineer Rohit Matta shines a light on how we can improve walking facilities for women at night.
It’s an important gender issue, with evidence suggesting many more women than men walk as part of their daily travel routine and feel less safe doing so. Figures from Stats NZ show that only 42 percent of women feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark, compared with 78 percent of men.
We know from NZ Police figures that women are more likely than men to be the targets of abduction, harassment, and ‘other related offences’. These crimes more often happen in conditions of low natural light. Cue many of our pedestrian footpaths and walkways.