Safetipin, is a map-based mobile phone and online application, which works to make communities and cities safer by providing safetyrelated information collected by users and by trained auditors. At the core of the app is the Women’s Safety Audit. A Women’s Safety Audit (WSA) is a participatory tool for collecting and assessing information about perceptions of urban safety in public spaces. The audit is based on nine parameters – Lighting, Openness, Visibility, Crowd, Security, Walkpath, Availability of Public Transport, Gender Diversity and Feeling.
Safetipin in partnership with District Secretary for Women, Bogota conducted safety audits in Bogota supported by UN Habitat and Cities Alliance.
The safety audits were generated using two Safetipin apps i.e. My Safetipin and Safetipin Nite. The assessment was done post sunset till 10 pm. The manual audits were conducted by volunteers using the My Safetipin app. Secondly, local taxis were hired to capture night time photographs of the city’s roads. This was done by mounting mobile phones on the car’s windshield and capturing the photographs using Safetipin Nite app. These photographs were then assessed based on the audit parameters to generate audit pins at periodic intervals. In addition to taxis, smartphones were mounted on bicycles to capture the photographs of the cycle track and Walkpath.
A total of 19,351 audit pins have been generated over 1,927 km of road length. The Safety Score of Bogota was found to be 4 / 5 i.e. Good.
Each of the nine parameters is rated 0/1/2/3, 0 being the poorest and 3 good. The average parameter ratings graph indicates the overall average rating for each parameter. Walkpath and Lighting parameters have been rated the highest i.e. Good followed by Public Transport, Openness and Visibility. Security and Gender Usage are the least rated parameter i.e. Poor. The overall feeling of Safety for the city of Bogota is rated Average.
Parameter-wise Pin Distribution:
The Parameter wise pin distribution graph indicates the number of points rated 0/1/2/3 i.e. the good points as positive and poor ratings as negative. The parameter of Crowd, Security and Gender Usage have been rated poorly for the most parts of the city. Visibility and Public Transport needs to be improved in some parts of the city
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