Apply now for a Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training in your community!

November 15, 2018

We are excited to share news of another successful year delivering the Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) Program in partnership with California Walks and local residents, agencies, and safety advocates in communities throughout California! We are continually inspired by and grateful for the work being done to create conditions for safer, more accessible and enjoyable walking and biking in their neighborhoods.

Walk Assessment during Fresno CPBST

Cal Walks illustrates intersection design improvements during a walk assessment in Fresno, CA

This past year SafeTREC and California Walks conducted 19 workshops, bringing our total of trainings delivered to 77 since the CPBST launched in 2009. Each has created an opportunity to bring the community together to collaborate and problem solve the best ways to create safer streets in their neighborhoods.

"The combination of stakeholders provided great context for meaningful conversations about bike/ped safety" one workshop participant shared. Another noted that what they liked best about the CPBST was "hearing creative ideas about how to make [the] community safe for walkers and bikers and how to hear about the critical engineering reality in our community."

As we begin our planning for the next year of CPBSTs, we invite you to submit an application for a project in your community in 2019!

What is the CPBST?

SafeTREC presents local collision data at CPBST

SafeTREC presents local collision data at a workshop in Willowbrook, CA

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. The purpose of the CPBST program is to train local neighborhood residents and safety advocates on how to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and to strengthen their collaboration with local officials and agency staff to make California communities safer and more pleasant to walk and bike. 

Workshop participants develop an action plan for their community

CPBST participants develop an action plan for prioritizing walking and biking safety

Each half-day workshop teaches basic pedestrian and bicycle safety best practices (e.g. high visibility crosswalks, crash reduction factors), community engagement skills (e.g. identifying community professionals empowered to solve problems), a community walkability assessment to identify challenges to walking and biking safety, and mapping or other small group interactive prioritization of safety issues. 

How can my community apply?

Great news! We have extended the application deadline! To apply for a CPBST program in your community for 2019, review the Program Application (English/Spanish) and submit to Miha Tomuta at by Friday, January 11, 2019. For questions or help filling out the application, call Miha Tomuta at (714) 742-0741 or email Para Español, por favor contacte a Wendy Ortiz at (714) 742-2295 or email

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Nonprofits and community-based organizations and groups
  • Local coalitions
  • Local city and county government agencies
  • Schools and school districts
  • Tribal governments

The CPBST Program prioritizes underserved communities and communities that have some background in community organizing around pedestrian/bicycle safety and walkability/bikeability.

Selection Process and Timeline

  • Call for Projects: November 14, 2018 – January 11, 2019
  • Communities Notified of Preliminary Selection: January 18, 2019
  • Preliminary Calls: January 21 - January 31, 2019
  • Selected Communities Notified: February 8, 2019
  • CPBST Workshop Planning and Delivery: February 11 – September 30, 2019

Want to learn more about the CPBST? Visit the program page for more details and explore our interactive map of the CPBST to view and access summary reports where available of each workshop.

[This post was updated on December 4, 2018 to provide information about the extended program application date, selection process and timeline.]

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.