An interactive map in which women show where they felt most and least safe in the ACT has revealed concerns about several areas in the Woden town centre.
The district's bus interchange, central car parks and connecting footpaths to nearby residential suburbs were among those areas detailed during a Women's Centre for Health Matters presentation at a Woden Valley Community Council meeting last week.
The centre's deputy chief executive, Emma Davidson, will visit other community council meetings in the coming weeks and months to discuss issues the map's responses had raised in their areas.
She said poor lighting, little foot traffic and the presence of rubbish or graffiti were recurring concerns in areas where women felt unsafe across the territory.
"We got a lot of reports about Haig Park when we first started collecting data for the same reasons," she said.
"The difficulty is that sometimes people report feeling unsafe in areas that they can't avoid, like they have to go through that area to get home, or they have to walk through that car park or that bus interchange."
One map user described the Woden bus interchange as having "a few dodgy people who hang around here", while another said she felt unsafe because of "the level of intoxicated individuals at the interchange, number of assaults".
Another user, however, said she felt safe in the area because of the number of ACTION employees nearby when she picked her teenage daughter up at night.
"This place was terrifying when I was my daughter's age," she said.
Two stretches of pathway near Melrose Drive, one lit and one dark, received different reactions from map contributors.
The areas where women reported feeling most unsafe did not necessarily hold high crime statistics.
An Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety report showed 62 per cent of women physically assaulted by a man was at home during the most recent incident, while just over a quarter of sexual assault perpetrators were strangers to their female victims.
Ms Davidson said the idea of the map was to display perceptions of safety, rather than crime hotspots, in order to influence future planning and encourage more women to spend time in public spaces without fear.
She said women actively using public areas without fear would have a flow-on effect to other areas of the community.
"Even if there are no crime reports for an area, if they don't feel safe going there, they're not going to go in that area, and if they're not using that area, then they're limiting their ability to participate in normal, everyday things they would like to be doing," she said.
An ACT government Women's Safety Grant funded the map's creation.
The data will be presented to the government on June 30, but contributions would continue to be accepted beyond that date.