Our safety exploratory walks use a situational and participative approach combined with technical analysis tailored to each context. This combined analysis is particularly useful to analyse safety issues at stake in some neighbourhoods taking into account the physical environment -street lights, façades, litter bins, the general state of the public space- as well as broader social aspects.
The individual sense of safety of residents is taken into account, as well as contextual relevant factors, for instance the time of day. They are tools for public participation, social engagement, awareness raising, dissemination and transfer of knowledge.
Exploratory walks were initially created in the 1990s in Montreal, Canada, as a way to allow women to recognize and make known to decision makers their subjective experience of urban space. They have become a tool used among others by UN-Women Safer Cities Program.