Recorded Webinar: Engaging Communities During COVID - What We Learned

July 13, 2021

Collage of photos showing SAAS community outreach events like a walk audit, active streets event, and tabling with community members

Engaging communities during COVID: What we learned

This webinar "Engaging communities during COVID: What we learned" was held Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 as part of the Focus Cities program. Additional recording can be found on the UC Berkeley SafeTREC YouTube channel.

Santa Ana Active Streets (SAAS) for the past year has adapted many of its in-person active transportation safety programs for the COVID-19 reality. Join UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks for our latest Focus Cities webinar with SAAS staff and volunteers to learn how they took their programs online when needed, updated activities with COVID-19 public health guidelines, and how they are continuing to engage residents in diverse and meaningful ways, such as through the Lonely Hearts Ride, a self-guided biking tour of downtown Santa Ana.


  • Kristopher Fortin, Project Director, Santa Ana Active Streets
  • Dorian Romero, Project Coordinator, Santa Ana Active Streets

Moderator: Garrett Fortin, Policy & Program Analyst, UC Berkeley SafeTREC

Hosted by UC Berkeley SafeTREC & California Walks, as part of the Focus Cities program.   

About the Focus Cities Program

The Focus Cities program is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. The FHWA has designated Focus Cities in California as areas with disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths. The goal of the project is to provide support to professional and community stakeholders in these cities in order to reduce pedestrian/bicycle injury crashes. The current California Focus Cities are 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. 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.