Integrating public safety and use into planning urban greenways

Luymes, D.T. & K. Tamminga, 1995, Integrating public safety and use into planning urban greenways, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, ,

  • Author : Luymes, D.T. & K. Tamminga
  • Year : 1995
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Pages : 391-400
  • Abstract in English : Greenways in urban areas have the potential to provide a unique combination of ecological and social benefits to the metropolitan region. However, the relationship between the natural environment and recreation in urban areas is an uneasy one, particularly in those greenways that include trails through natural areas. The concerns of local residents for safety and clear sightlines may compromise the ecological integrity of urban greenways, whereas natural corridors may be perceived as unsafe and avoided by people who are most vulnerable to crime. This paper outlines the principles of the safe communities approach that have been developed through research, places these principles in the theoretical context of a human ecological approach, and applies them to the planning and design of greenway system in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: safety, greenways, urban planning, nature, recreation, human ecology, safe community principles. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.