Applying the Safe System Approach to Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
DATE: Thursday, June 30, 2022
TIME: 10am - 11am PDT
Join UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks in a discussion about the Safe System Approach to road safety and how we are using it in our community programs to consider pedestrian and bicycle safety in a more holistic way. Learn about what the Safe System Approach is, how we have adapted it for communities in both English and Spanish, and ways in which you can use it, too! Register now.
- Kristen Leckie, Policy & Program Analyst, UC Berkeley SafeTREC
- Wendy Ortiz, Programs Director, California Walks
- Marina Ramirez, Community Programs Manager, California Walks
Please join us!
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About the Focus Cities Program
The Focus Cities program is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. In 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated seven Pedestrian-Bicycle Focus Cities in California based on their disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle deaths. The goal of the project is to provide support to professional and community stakeholders in these cities in order to reduce pedestrian/bicycle fatalities. These California Focus Cities were San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego. Our team supports local advocacy as well as community and agency partner efforts to engage and educate residents on pedestrian and bicycle safety in their city. We also provide customized technical assistance, regular support for data collection and analysis, and educational/outreach efforts.
In 2021, the FHWA updated their Focused Approach to Safety(link is external). Because of disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, California continues to be identified as a Focus State for the Pedestrians and Bicyclists focus area. FHWA has also identified speed management as an additional area of emphasis for all Focus States. The FHWA shifted their local stakeholder engagement to the regional level, with an emphasis on metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The Kern Council of Governments, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, San Diego Association of Governments and San Joaquin Council of Governments were identified as Pedestrian Focus Regions, while the Southern California Association of Governments was named as both a Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focus Region.
Through September 2022, this program will continue to support the seven FHWA-designated Focus Cities while establishing relationships in the newly designated Focus Regions. Learn more here
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.