How gender differences and perceptions of safety shape urban mobility in Southeast Asia

Isti Hidayati*, Wendy Tan, Claudia Yamu

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Despite numerous studies on how gender differences affect transport mobility choices and perception of safety, there has been little emphasis on the influence of spatial and socio-cultural constructs on it, particularly in the Southeast Asian context. This article investigates this relation through (1) an on-street survey involving 383 participants in eight neighbourhoods in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, (2) analysing videos taken with the walking with video approach, and (3) a computational analysis of the street network using space syntax. Findings suggest that a large proportion of women ascribed to negative perceptions of safety as compared to men. Negative perceptions of safety were related to wariness towards motorcycles in Jakarta and absence of other pedestrians and the image of the place in Kuala Lumpur. This difference can be attributed to distinctions in spatial configurations and socio-cultural constructs between both cities. Findings provide practical insights – mode segregation or changes to street design – to address gendered mobility for sustainable urban transport in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-173
JournalTransportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Gender
  • Mobility
  • On-street survey
  • Perceived safety
  • Space syntax
  • Walking with video


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