The women of Brazil’s capital can now choose when to get off buses after 10pm following an issue to improve safety on public transport.
Brasilia has introduced a new law which allows women to be dropped off closer to home, reducing their walking distance on unsafe, dark, deserted roads.
The city has introduced important measures to improve women’s safety on public transport meaning that women can now request to get off buses anywhere along a route after 10pm – including areas that do not accommodate traditional bus stops.
A study on urban mobility in Brasilia showed that amongst factors of convenience, cost, time, reliability and comfort, an important consideration – particularly for women – was safety. Brasilia’s new law helps its transport system better serve its users with regards to safety without requiring significant investments in new infrastructure.
“The bus stop is usually far away when I’m coming home from classes, and when I get off the bus there is almost nobody on the streets. I have to be careful when I walk alone,” said 19-year-old university student Amanda Stheffany Ferreira as reported by Brasília State Department of Transportation (DFTRANS).
Despite Brazil’s high crime statistics, this new law allowing women to arrive closer to their destination is a step in the right direction.