Perceptions of safety on the North Cconee River Greenway
Feagan, Emily Reed
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This thesis examines whether negative perceptions of safety are affecting use of the North Oconee River Greenway (NORG). Previous research shows that negative perceptions of safety are obstacles to use for public outdoor spaces in both urban and natural settings. A review of relevant literature and theory indicates that perceptions of safety, fear of crime, and crime itself, can be influenced by physical site design. A survey questionnaire focused on trail use and perceptions of the NORG was distributed to people in Athens-Clarke County; survey results were analyzed, examined through the lens of relevant theories and previous research, and are discussed as to what they mean for the NORG. The survey results show that negative perceptions of safety on the NORG exist and may affect people’s use and frequency of use of it. This thesis also shows how these perceptions can be ameliorated to an extent through environmental design measures.