According to the latest traffic safety data from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) while traffic fatalities have decreased 5.1% from 3,798 in 2018 to 3,606 in 2019, the safety for those walking and biking in our communities continues to be a concern. In 2019, there were 972 pedestrian fatalities (a 0.6% decrease from 2018) and 133 bicyclist fatalities (a 19.5% decrease from 2018). Ensuring that our communities are safe for walking, biking and rolling is key for community health.
One way that UC Berkeley SafeTREC aims to achieve that is through the Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST), a joint effort with California Walks (Cal Walks). The CPBST program works with local residents and safety advocates to address pedestrian and bicycle safety and strengthen collaboration with local officials and agency staff. As of 2020, 100 pedestrian and bicycle safety trainings have been conducted throughout California. The online interactive map of the CPBST program provides access to the summary report, where available, for each workshop, featuring community recommendations for pedestrian/bicycle safety projects, policies and programs (a web accessible, text version of the map is also available).
CPBST site visit in Pico Aliso, Boyle Heights, CA (Photo credit: Gloria/Maria Ruiz, Alma Leyva Orozco)
The CPBST Follow-Up Survey
Facing the future and the continuous need to make California neighborhoods safer and more pleasant for walking and bicycling, UC Berkeley SafeTREC invited the primary point of contact for 60 CPBST workshop sites conducted from 2017 to 2020 to fill out an electronic survey. The goals of the survey were to identify workshop outcomes, gauge the utility and success of the workshop, assess how workshops could be improved upon, and inquire if the community is interested in any additional technical assistance at this time. Explore a sampling of highlights below and access the full survey highlights here by authors Kristen M. Leckie, Elijah Wade, Katherine L. Chen and Jill F. Cooper.
94% attended the CPBST workshop they helped to plan
75% are interested in conducting additional training workshops, e.g., CPBST, in their community
69% reported that they planned a community outreach, education event, or other community programming since the CPBST workshop
69% applied for new grants to address recommendations in the action plan report and 55% were awarded funding
50% conducted walking/biking assessments after the training
96% have started planning improvements in their communities and 50% are at the beginning stages of planning for infrastructure changes
38% pointed to COVID-19 as a major barrier to implementing recommendations from the workshop
Visit the program page to learn more about the CPBST.
The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST) is a joint effort of the University of California Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (UCB SafeTREC) and California Walks (Cal Walks). Founded in 2009, the Community Pedestrian Safety Training program was expanded in 2016 to include bicycle safety improvements.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.