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Emily Carr students designing ‘No Harassment Zone’ on transit

Seeking participants for an anonymous online survey to assist  researchers.

‘No Harassment Zone’ on transit via survey
Photo by Stephen Rees via Flickr

Emily Carr University of Art and Design students Sheri Poetker and Natalie Worth, are addressing the problem of street harassment on transit in the Metro Vancouver area for their fourth year Communication Design undergraduate thesis project.

The project is a partnership between the two students, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Health Design Lab, and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Now in the early stages of research, the young women hope to unveil public attitudes toward  personal safety, the transit environment, and feelings towards interacting with the Transit Police in the hopes of designing materials to further community conversation around the issue. Ultimately, the undergraduate students are striving to establish safer environments for women affected by the issue on transit.

“The project is focused on the issue of 'Sexual Offences Affecting Women On Transit' within the areas that the Translink system serves,” the two student wrote to VO. “We realize that the issue of sexual offences is a sensitive topic, but it is one that needs to be addressed due to the number of women affected by the issue within the Metro Vancouver area. The primary objective of the project is to raise awareness surrounding the issue of sexual offences on Translink in order to increase the amount of reports to the Transit Police from individuals affected by this issue. We are aiming to establish ways of creating safer transit environments for women through the thesis project, and feel that the 'Street Harassment on Transit Survey'-which focuses on individuals 19 years of age and over within Metro Vancouver and in other regions-will assist us in developing viable solutions to this problem.”

For the project, they are seeking participants for an anonymous online survey that is intended to assist the researchers in gaining an understanding of the public’s opinions and awareness of street harassment on transit within Metro Vancouver. Voluntary research participants play a significant role in assisting the research study, design process, and potential design outcomes.

By helping the students to identify current issues within the existing transit system, and providing knowledge and insight into the problem space, they will be able to further understand issues around safety and sexual offences on public transit. They are welcoming any member of the public–who currently uses a system of public transit and is 19 years of age and older–to participate in the online survey.

The survey can be found here.


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