While walking or wheeling are for everyone, not everyone feels safe navigating our streets.
Feeling unsafe is a bigger problem in certain locations, and is more likely to affect some groups of people.
For example, research by the Office of National Statistics revealed that:
Research by Stonewall revealed that more than two in five trans people avoid certain streets altogether because they don’t feel safe there as an LGBTQ+ person.
A UK Government survey also showed that certain demographic groups were significantly more likely to have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment in the last 12 months, these include: women, young people (ages 15-24 and 25 to 34), ethnic minorities (excluding white minorities), LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities.
This is a huge issue that needs a wide range of solutions, but good street and urban design can play their part.
Safety is one of the many benefits of the '20-minute neighbourhood'. This idea is about creating places in which most of people's daily needs can be met within a short walk or cycle.
The concept means more people walking and wheeling the streets. These neighbourhoods will have passive surveillance integrated into their design.
There are many other reasons to support this approach, such as improving mental and physical health, supporting local shops and businesses thrive and people seeing more of their neighbours.
We're part of a coalition that supports putting this idea into practice.