CPBST Peer Exchange Series

The 2024 Peer Exchange Series

Participants on a walk assessment at the CPBST in Planada, CA

We are excited to once again host our virtual three-part Peer Exchange Series in 2024! The series supports communities as they work to implement pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety programming and improvements.

Over the course of the three webinars, we will facilitate conversations on how former Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program and the Comunidades Activas y Seguras (CAyS) program participants have mobilized and grown community interest in active transportation. Explore the upcoming sessions below and click to register now! Download the 2024 Peer Exchange Flyer: English / Spanish.

The 2024 Peer Exchange Series

Building a Collaborative and Equitable Transportation Vision with Decision-Makers

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 1pm - 2pm PT

In this session, we will discuss the different strategies employed by transportation advocates to advance active transportation projects that promote safety for people walking, rolling, or biking in the community. This session will be offered in Spanish on May 14, 2024.


  • Christina Villaseñor, Councilmember, City of Fillmore
  • Jarrett Mullen, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, City of El Cerrito 

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Construyendo una visión de transporte colaborativa y equitativa con personas con capacidad decisoria

Martes, Mayo 14 de 2024 | 1pm - 2pm

Platicaremos sobre las diferentes estrategias empleadas por los defensores del transporte para promover proyectos de transporte activo que promuevan
la seguridad de las personas que caminan, ruedan o andan en bicicleta en la comunidad. Discutiremos las estrategias necesarias para incluir y fortalecer las
voces y la colaboración de los jóvenes en la defensa activa del transporte.

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Cultivating Youth Leadership in Transportation Spaces

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 1pm - 2pm PT

In this session, we will focus on the strategies needed to include and strengthen youth voices and collaboration in active transportation advocacy. 


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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/ CART captioning) to fully participate in these events, please contact our Access Coordinator Lisa Peterson at lisapeterson@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

** Please note that the Tuesday, February 27th "Construyendo una visión de transporte colaborativa y equitativa con personas con capacidad decisoria" is postponed to later this Spring. This postponement does not impact the other peer exchange webinars. For additional information or to be notified when the new date is confirmed, please email arelib@berkeley.edu

2023 Peer Exchange Series

Funding pedestrian and bicycle safety

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 11am - 12pm PT

This session will cover raising funds to support safety programs, improvements, and initiatives. Obtaining funding for active transportation projects is generally a necessity for any community or governmental agency. For some, grant writing and management is an everyday part of their job, while for others, it is new and intimidating. This peer exchange will focus on how to develop problem definitions, scopes, and budgets to fund your active transportation projects. It will feature a brief overview by Christine Viterelli, City of Arvin Grants Manager, and Germán Quiñonez, Neighborhood Development Director with Every Neighborhood Partnership in Fresno. The rest of the hour will provide participants with the opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions of their colleagues.

As part of the discussion among participants, we may cover additional questions such as:

  • How do you and your organization decide which grants to pursue? 

  • What are your organization’s biggest barriers to applying for grants? How have you overcome them? 

  • What lessons have you learned from applying for and implementing grants?

  • Do you have a history of partnering with others on grants?

View the presentation slides and summary to learn more.

Media framing and advocacy

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 11am - 12pm PT

Effective communications about road safety, whether in the media, in safety campaign materials or in community outreach efforts play an important role in ensuring the safe mobility for all road users. How the public thinks about the problem of traffic injury and fatalities and what can be done about it is significantly influenced by how the media reports on it. In this session, we will explore how pedestrian and bicycle crashes are framed in the media, what strategies and best practices are available to reframe crash reporting, and the tools and resources road safety professionals, advocates and community members can use to coordinate communications with the media, journalists, or members of the public.

View the presentation slides and summary to learn more.

Safe Routes to Parks

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 11am - 12pm PT

The third session will explore how to create safe routes to parks. Topics will include infrastructure changes, policies, and program strategies to help communities envision what safe, comfortable, and vibrant access to green spaces looks like. Together, we will examine methods that promote safe walking and biking routes to parks and learn from one another’s successes and challenges. People interested in implementing safe routes to parks recommendations from their CPBST reports are especially encouraged to attend. 

View the presentation slides and summary to learn more.

About the Peer Exchange Series

In the Spring of 2022, UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks launched a new 3-part training series, the “Strengthening Partnerships: A Peer Exchange Series for former CPBST sites.” The biweekly virtual series, which began on March 15, 2022, was designed to support communities as they work to implement the recommendations developed during their Community and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety (CPBST) workshops. 

During each 90-minute peer exchange, participants from prior CPBST sites were introduced to the topic, networked with peers, and learned about the successes and challenges of communities as they work to make walking and biking safer. Click on the link below to learn more about the 2022 series, access presentation slides, and session summaries.

Strengthening Partnerships: A Peer Exchange Series for former CPBST sites

Using Crowdsourced Data Strategies in Community Engagement

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 2-3:30pm

In order for communities to be successful in conducting transportation planning efforts, the right tools and resources are needed. Crowdsourced data collection tools can help promote effective engagement among residents, local agencies and organizations. These tools can be used to gather information from large groups and provide deeper understanding of a community’s concerns than crash data alone. Crowdsourced data can be used alongside other data sources to strengthen partnerships and inform policy and street design changes. In this session, SafeTREC, Cal Walks, and participants gathered to learn more about crowdsourcing strategies and hear success stories from communities about how they have used PhotoVoice, VideoVoice, Street Story, and more. View the presentation slides and summary to learn more.

Relationship Building for Temporary Demonstrations and Quick-Build Projects

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 2-3:30pm

Temporary demonstrations and quick-build projects provide tangible, on-the-ground examples of life-saving street safety projects. They are also quick to install and cost-effective compared to typical street infrastructure projects. But, they are often slowed down due to community groups' challenges with navigating city bureaucracy and learning how to build relationships with their decision makers. For quick-builds especially, which may take changes to city and county transportation codes, it is often hard for those organizing in the community to win over their decision makers. In this session, SafeTREC, Cal Walks and participants gathered to learn tips and tricks to building strong, lasting relationships with decision makers to get temporary demonstrations and quick-build projects in the ground. View the presentation slides and summary to learn more. 

Active Transportation Planning in Unincorporated Communities

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 2-3:30pm

Unincorporated areas face unique challenges and complexities in active transportation planning. In this session, the discussion focused on sources of funding for planning and improvements - counties, regional planning organizations, and state agencies - and strategies on working with each of these sources, and practitioners and community members from unincorporated areas shared their experiences and solutions. View the presentation slides and summary to learn more.

About the CPBST

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST) is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. The CPBST program works with local residents and health, transportation and safety advocates to understand a community’s walking and biking safety concerns and advance their pedestrian and bicycle safety goals. We work to strengthen collaboration between all safety partners, discuss transportation safety information and local crash data, and collectively develop a community-driven safety action plan.  Our team works with a local Planning Committee to customize the workshop to fit the unique needs of each community. 

The CPBST peer exchanges are supported by funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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