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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01151

Ensuring Women and Girls Can Travel Safely

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Friday, September 10, 2021

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Monica Lennon, Willie Rennie, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of ensuring women and girls can travel safely, including through open spaces; welcomes the work of Councillor Hal Osler in bringing forward the motion, Creating a safer first and last mile journey for women and girls, to City of Edinburgh Council; acknowledges that Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces is a core partnership initiative of UN Women (of the United Nations), which aims to achieve the 2018-21 strategic plan objective of creating more cities and other settings with safe and empowering public spaces for women and girls; notes the Atkins report, Get Home Safe, which calls on transport planners and urban designers to take action to ensure the first and last miles of women's journeys are safer, and recommends improving visibility through a preference for low-to-the-ground planting of vegetation and the removal of walls and barriers, encouraging active building frontages to provide ‘eyes on the street’, and providing emergency contact and digital wayfinding apps, and encourages other councillors to consider these recommendations when they are considering town planning and the development of Scotland's spaces for the future.