Safe Public Urban Spaces
What contributes to making a public urban space safe?
Visual Cues of safety, community involvement and ownership.
Emergency call boxes. (Signage indicating location would be useful.)
Signs announcing volunteer participation in garden work/cleanup for ex.
Signs reminding one to clean up after their dogs with free bags provided.
Park workers visible.
Multiple entry points that are visible.
Circulation that crosses the area in multiple directions.
Areas that are shaded.
Areas to sit where one is still visible and can feel safe because they can see around them.
Areas designed with different programs in mind.
Areas that are flexible and can be used for a variety of programming.
Programming that is diverse bringing in different groups of people at different times who utilize the space in multiple ways -
energizing the space.
Sometimes this programming is planned and sometimes it grows spontaneously in response to the environment.