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Delivering transport infrastructure that meets the needs of all

General Manager for UK & Ireland at TIER Mobility, Georgia Yexley, shares her thoughts on women’s safety within the public transportation sector, and outlines how creating transport infrastructure that accommodates all types of passengers will be the key to bridging the safety gap.

Delivering transport infrastructure that meets the needs of all

Credit: TIER Mobility

When discussing the topic of women’s safety, the gendered bias of urban mobility may not be the first thing to come to mind. Despite the well-known refrain of “text me when you’re home” being a core part of female friendship for years, changes to public transport networks to address the complex and diverse transport needs of women have been slow to materialise. 

Only one in five women in the UK feel safe when travelling alone at night”

TIER Mobility’s research collaboration with social enterprise Safe & the City found that only one in five women in the UK feel safe when travelling alone at night, and the gender imbalance present in how transport networks are designed has often resulted in women taking extra precaution when travelling around cities. These include opting for a taxi instead of public transport to avoid unwanted attention, or worse, harassment, from other passengers; or walking exclusively on main roads to avoid dimly lit back streets. These are not examples constructed to further a point – I make these same choices almost daily.

As a result, women’s journeys are often more expensive, time-consuming and, frankly, more exhausting than the journeys of their male peers.