Rider safety is a key feature of a well-run transit system. Incidents of harassment, crime, and violence on transit vehicles and near transit stops compromise riders’ safety, degrade their sense of dignity, and dissuade many from using transit. But these incidents and their solutions are not universally felt. Three-quarters of female riders have experienced harassment or theft on transit. Asian Americans have increased concerns about using transit as incidents of hate crimes and violence against them have risen, including multiple high-profile recent incidents on Muni. Undocumented riders, black and brown riders, and youth’s safety concerns include fear of crimes committed against them but also extend to freedom from harassment from police officers and security.
Join us for a panel discussion on innovative approaches to transit safety in the Bay Area, and how it must center the diverse experiences and needs of those who ride. This discussion is generously sponsored by Spin, and is free and open to the public as part of Transit Month