New project STEPUP will address women’s feelings of safety when walking

In the new project STEP UP, Walk21 will address walkability for women, and feelings of safety in particular.

Women experience the city differently than men, in part because they are more concerned about security issues related to aggression and harassment. These concerns take the form of precautionary or avoidant behaviour. Fear of violence, perception of risk, and a sense of vulnerability are major issues when moving around the city, especially during the night time.

The new project STEP UP will address these challenges in a case study of Milan, Italy. The project was launched on 7 March 2023.

STEPUP has a duration of 12 months and is a collaboration between Transform Transport (coordinator), TeMA Lab, Sex & the City APS, and Walk21.