FREDERICTON, N.B.- Should parking garages set aside spots in well lit areas designated for women only ?

It’s an idea Fredericton councillor Stephen Chase is hoping can be discussed in the near future.

Chase says it’s not something he’s promoting but feels it should be at least be talked about. “I thought here’s a simple way that we could set aside a few spaces”, says Chase. “It’s entirely oriented towards safety or giving people a greater sense of safety and security in a fairly visible area which is desirable and promotes safety”
Chase says if, at the end of the day, if there is no support for the idea it can be left alone.

Not everyone is in favour however. Beth Lyons of the Moncton YWCA says it could do more harm than good and better safety measures for everyone might be a better idea.

Chase got the idea while travelling in Europe.