This blog/website is the cornerstone of a multi-phase project created in direct relation to the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy, most specifically their sixth (“Getting Around”) and eleventh (“Being and Feeling Safe and Included”) draft goals. It is the belief of this site’s creators that harassment of a sexual or gender-based nature is a legitimate problem for TransLink customers, and that self-identified women are overrepresented as recipients of this harassment. We believe that harassment (and, consequently, the ever-present threat of it) has a significant, demonstrably negative impact on the way women and people of other marginalized gender and sexual identities plan and utilize transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Our hope is to compile stories of these experiences to demonstrate the reality and severity of this particular issue to TransLink and the City of Vancouver. Once this has been accomplished, we hope to have their support in forming a response strategy to make transit usage safer and more inclusive for all riders.