Why don’t more people ride the bus? That’s a question Otis White took up in this week’s episode of Smart City, for which he is a regular contributor. You can find the piece about 22 minutes into the show (MP3, 19.3M).
White covers some of the class issues (middle class people ride rail but not buses – thankfully not completely true here in Portland). But he also cites an interesting study by Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris from UCLA about why women don’t ride: lots of bus stops feel unsafe.
The report’s conclusions would also seem to indicate that the same issues would depress women traveling as pedestrians. The suggested mitigations:
- Better maintain built environment (the “broken windows” theory)
- Get more “eyes on the street”
- Remove negative land uses (adult book stores, etc. – more of a challenge in Oregon