Discussion Paper | 24 April 2014
Ensuring Safe Travel for Women
  Safe travel for all road users is a prerequisite for ensuring sustainable and inclusive cities. Providing safe transport systems is an objective for sustainable transport, because risk of injuries and deaths from traffic crashes has become a major public health concern worldwide. Safe travel options for women in general and specifically low income women are important for addressing livelihood and poverty issues for a significant proportion of urban population in low income countries like India.

The latest ITF Discussion Paper presents data from the Indian capital Delhi (pop. 16.4 million) and Vishakhapattanam (a southern Indian city, pop. 1.7 million) comparing the travel patterns of women and men. The household survey in Delhi focused on low income settlements, since poverty adds another dimension to gender bias. The survey, repeated after ten years, shows that travel patterns remained unchanged. Women travel shorter distances, are dependent on lower cost modes - walking and public transport - and perform multi-purpose linked trips. In view of the sustainability requirements, lower mobility of women must be addressed by ensuring safe accessibility to employment opportunities by walking, bicycles and public transport. The paper concludes with possible interventions required to ensure safe and secure travel of women at land use planning level and street design level.
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