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Blache Chris

Chris Blache

Urban anthropologist and co-founder of the “GENDER AND THE CITY” (GENRE ET VILLE) platform for reflection and action
An expert in urban innovation and gender equality strategies, she has managed and led dozens of programs for a large number of local authorities in France and abroad. She has also participated in several mobility initiatives, including the DIAMOND program (European H2020 project on women and transport), the European MobiliseYourCity program (advised the Haut Conseil à l'Egalité (HCE); and the symposia on “Femmes et Vélo, Femmes et Mobilités” (which she led).

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Welcoming mobility
How can we foster a welcoming transport system for a city’s inhabitants?


Any approach to safe mobility in the future must put people first.

To create a warm and welcoming atmosphere on public transportation, we need to view our fellow riders as valuable allies, rather than potential enemies. By fostering a sense of collective responsibility and solidarity, we will be able to enhance the passenger experience, strengthen social ties and build inclusive environments.


We need to reevaluate how we articulate information about public transportation to reimagine it as a welcoming space. Instead of broadcasting anxiety-inducing messages on public transportation, we can deliver positive messages that fuel trust and strengthen social bonds.


Rethinking transport design by incorporating elements such as warm colors, pleasant lighting, and spaces for relaxation and exchange can promote a friendly, inviting atmosphere.


By transforming mass transit into a harmonious and caring environment, we must put people back at the heart of the mobility experience.


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