We investigated the effect of measures that helps create safe and vibrant public spaces.
These are some of the main findings:
- People felt more secure in parks after removing vegetation that blocked the immediate view.
- Those who considered the lighting of an area to be good also felt more secure. Improved lighting outside the Palace Park in Oslo caused increased pedestrian traffic.
- Deployment of the city furniture called "ebenk", with free Wi-Fi, charging possibilities and power for events, led to increased activity. "ebenk" was developed as part of this project. Other types of city furniture with activity-creating elements can also increase activity in urban spaces.
- Changed design of vehicle barriers did not affect the feeling of security of passers-by. Removal / modification of vehicle barriers to increase accessibility for pedestrians also increased pedestrian traffic.
- Deserted and abandoned areas can be perceived as unsecure. Nevertheless, public incivilities are seemingly more fear-inducing than deserted / abandoned areas.
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