CSCRS Safe Systems Summer 2021 Learning Series

July 15, 2021

The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) has launched a new Safe Systems Summer Learning Series! This series of free virtual events was held on Fridays in July and August 2021, beginning with the first session, Redefining Safety, on Friday, July 16.

In this series, CSCRS brought together panelists with diverse perspectives to reflect on core Safe Systems concepts and the broader system in which our transportation work unfolds. For each session, moderators guided panelists in a rich discussion about the issues. 

SafeTREC is excited to share that Senior Policy & Program Analyst Katherine Chen Guibert and Co-Director Offer Grembek presented on July 30 and August 6 in the series.

Redesigning the System to Support Safety

Breaking down silos of funding, redistributing power, supporting more authentic public engagement, and participatory approaches to community planning are essential processes for implementing Safe Systems approaches. In this session, we will hear more on how communities are doing this work, and what still stands in the way.


  • Katherine Chen Guibert, Senior Policy & Program Analyst, Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), University of California, Berkeley
  • Steve Hoyt-McBeth, Bike Share and Transportation Demand Management Program Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Aidil Ortiz, SpiritHouse Tribe, BPAC Secretary, Co-Founder, Blackity Bikes
  • Destiny Thomas, Founder and CEO, Thrivance Group

Moderator: Becky Naumann, Core Faculty at the Injury Prevention Research Center and Assistant Research Professor of Epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill

Broadening the Toolbox for Kinetic Energy Management

A core premise of Safe Systems relates to managing the kinetic energy in the system. Commonly offered solutions include piecemeal engineering treatments to manage speed at individual locations or corridors. In this session, panelists discuss more network-level approaches to managing crash forces in the system through land use policies and transportation decisions that affect core travel behaviors.


  • Chris Cherry, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Offer Grembek, Co-Director, SafeTREC, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Noreen McDonald Chair and Professor of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill

Session Topics

  • July 16, 2021: Redefining Safety
  • July 23, 2021: What Lies Beneath "Human Error"?
  • July 30, 2021: Redesigning the System to Support Safety
  • August 6, 2021: Broadening the Toolbox for Kinetic Energy Management
  • August 13, 2021: Redistributing Responsibility for Safety
  • August 27, 2021: Change Management Tools for Safe System Implementation

Visit the CSCRS website for more details about the series, session descriptions and panelists. The full series can be viewed at the CSCRS Safe Systems Summer 2021 Learning Series website.