That being said, the biggest question with expectant mother and breastfeeding mother designated seats is whether or not this can or will be enforced. Agencies put up signs for this purpose in the hopes that humanity will uphold these rules. Regardless, bus services, train services and metro services are still a business and many experts find it difficult to believe that any individual, male or female, would be turned away for service over specially designated seating.
The main goal of these programs throughout big cities is to provide safer transportation for women, children and the elderly. Public transportation officials recognize that these passengers are the majority of their passengers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unsafe areas and many women passengers do not feel safe enough to take public transportation. Many city officials are taking measures to make areas safer, by fixing sidewalks and roads, re-designing city blocks and houses, adding more light sources to unlit areas and providing safer public transportation. Some cities have not caught on and America is behind in comparison to other countries. The other downside is that smaller areas don't have very good public transportation services and need to first work on providing these types of services more readily.
Some cities in Mexico and other countries may be going a little too far and at some point in time, men may be questioning when and why women passengers became the city's priority and may be asking about their own safety. If city transportation planners continue to focus primarily on women, their safety, needs and wants, the city's men may begin to feel left out. In a way, this type of planning and preparation shows the strides women are making in many cultures, but on the other hand it makes one wonder why these areas are having to take such measures in order to keep women safe. It sort of shows the fact that women are still looked upon as lower than men and this show of importance may make some men (particularly criminally-minded men) angry.
Women-friendly public transportation is helpful for women who are trying to commute back and forth in the city they live and work in. The downside to this type of travel system is that it is not family oriented. Imagine a husband, wife and child visiting or traveling through an area where this type of women-friendly transportation system was available. The woman and children may be allowed, but what of the male part of the family? The family would have to split up and travel separately or choose a different method of travel, which may be more unsafe. In that sense, this type of travel system is somewhat unhelpful and unsuccessful to women and their families. Not all men use this type of transportation to victimize women and what of the women who victimize other women and will use the system to commit woman vs. woman crimes? These are all strong points to consider and are most likely points, which will be brought up by public transportation planners and city officials in the future.
In countries like America that do not offer a lot of women-friendly public transportation, what would this type of service do for America? Most Americans would probably "bite their thumb" at the idea, because we all want to be equal. Some women would utilize the pink parking spots, pink buses and pink cab rides, but others would take the idea that it was just too dangerous. In an economy where everyone still tends to drive from point a to point B, this type of service will not likely be offered soon and if it is, women's rights (and men's rights) activists will most likely have a lot to say.
For a country to consider offering women-friendly service, city officials may want to reconsider what other countries are already doing. For example, it would be nice if husbands and fathers could ride along too and so maybe "women-friendly" is too harsh. For a country that is offering women-friendly transportation, offering family-friendly transportation would also be beneficial. Men shouldn't be left out just because women tend to be victimized more. When targeting women needs, it's important to speak to the women. Canada has the right idea in having local women walk around and point out exactly which areas make them feel unsafe. Public transportation officials need to start asking women where and when they feel unsafe. They need to begin addressing these issues one at a time (i.e. better lit areas, repaired streets and sidewalks, on-site cameras, etc.). Including men and children in the mix will always be helpful to a woman who is considering this form of transportation, so countries thinking about implementing this type of service must figure out a way to include the men if they want to be fully accepted by the women.
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