Security Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 242–256 | Cite as

Fear and safety in transit environments from the women’s perspective

  • Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Original Article


While the relationship between women’s fear of crime and public space has been the focus of considerable research, transit environments have received less attention. This study examines women’s safety in transit environments through a comprehensive review of the literature and in-depth interviews with representatives of 16 national women’s interest groups in the United States. It finds that women have distinct safety/security needs, are often fearful of certain transit environments and frequently adjust their behaviour and travel patterns to avoid them. This is particularly true for certain groups of women who feel more vulnerable to victimization and harassment than others. The women interviewed outlined design, policing, security technology and education/outreach strategies that would make women riders feel safer in transit settings.


women safety transit environments victimization travel patterns 



This study was supported by grant from the Mineta Transportation Institute.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
    • 1
  1. 1.UCLA Department of Urban PlanningLos AngelesUSA

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