Safety in transit environments

Mobility is a basic requirement for modern societies. Distance separates individuals’ homes from places where they work, shop, do business, or socially interact. One in five Europeans spends in average more than two hours* a day commuting. This means we spend hours in trains, buses, or public transportation environments, such as subway stations or bus stops. Are we safe while in transit? Are public transportation systems safe environments?

These issues and many others are the focus of Safety in Transit Environments, a Swedish Research Council’s seminar organized by CEFIN in co-operation with CTS at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.

The aim of this seminar is to illustrate the state-of-the art research on safety conditions in transit environments from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The seminar is designed to encourage a dialogue between participants departing from different disciplinary traditions on safety, such as urban planners, criminologists and engineers.

Transit environment is not limited to the transport node itself (train station or bus stop); it may include the immediate surroundings and the trip to it. The simple decision one takes to go, e.g., from home to work implies a change in one’s safety status, depending on how, when, and where one moves. Moving safely is a right that should be attained by all, regardless of individuals’ abilities, resources, or chosen mode of transportation.

Date:  17 October 

Time:  9:00 to 17:00

Place: room L1

Drottning Kristinas väg 30, KTH

Language: English

The seminar is free of charge but registration is binding, SEK 500,00 will be charged if you enrol and do not attend. Cancelation is accepted without charge if made before 1st October 2013.

Organiser: CEFIN in co-operation with CTS, KTH

Contact:

Vania Ceccato,

Tel.: 08-7908625 or at

vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se

* Measure based on large European cities, StepStone (2012).

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