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Street design and women's safety perception

Rashid, S. A. and Wahab, M. H. and Wan Mohd. Rani, W. N. M. (2017) Street design and women's safety perception. Planning Malaysia, 15 (4). pp. 13-20. ISSN 1675-6215

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Urbanization is a process that creates many opportunities as well as threats. It is a process that will keep on continuing as population rate, migration, economic and social pattern are changing. Along with urbanization, demand for sustainable development and public space is crucial. Streets are important public space in a city. It is a network for many kind of activities. Design of streets affects the way people use it as well as their perception on safety. As a public space, safety is an important factor to consider. A safe public space will create a liveable environment. Feeling safe is important for human being due to the fact the built environment does affect our perception. Gender plays a role in safety perception where women perceive their environment differently. This study focuses on the importance of street as public space in contributing towards safety perception. In order to evaluate the phenomenon, a mixed method approach was adopted. Four streets in the city centre which are important public space with trading activities, connected to educational institution, offices and other economic activities were chosen. 120 questionnaire were distributed and direct observation were conducted in order to evaluate the phenomenon. Findings revealed that physical elements in the street do affect safety perception.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Public space, Safety perception, Street design, Sustainable urban design
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:77033
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:30 Apr 2018 14:34
Last Modified:30 Apr 2018 14:34

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