The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program (CPBSP) was launched by UC Berkeley SafeTREC to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries in California communities, with a special focus on addressing the safety needs of high-risk groups like older adults, youth, and underserved communities, e.g., people of color, low-income, limited English proficiency, people who have disabilities, and more.
The CPBSP is supported by funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. We have a key partnership with the non-profit agency California Walks.
The overall program goal is to build the capacity of community partners to create safer and more accessible streets for walking and biking in their neighborhoods. We do this by:
- transferring resources and knowledge to participating communities, such as open source mapping technology, data sources and research;
- providing training on pedestrian and bicycle safety based on best practices;
- aiding community groups in conducting safety assessments, collecting data, applying for street improvement, education and enforcement grants, safe routes to school planning, and action planning;
- providing technical assistance to agencies and community groups in FHWA-designated Focus Cities in California;
- aiding community groups with pedestrian and bicycle safety action planning in monolingual Spanish speaking communities;
- providing a package of information to each community we work with that includes: local traffic collision data, research on pedestrian/bicycle safety best practices, outreach tools, funding, etc.; and
- offering follow-up services to communities that previously received training to support their pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts.
The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST)
The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST) is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. The CPBST program works with local neighborhood residents and health, transportation and safety advocates to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety through engaging local stakeholders, providing information and data, supporting community empowerment, and strengthening collaboration with local officials and agency staff. Our team works with a local Planning Committee to customize the workshop to fit the unique needs of each community. Learn more here.
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.
Spanish Language Program (Comunidades Activas y Seguras)
UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks developed the Spanish Language Program to better serve monolingual Spanish speaking communities. The goal of this program is to engage non-English speaking communities in discussing, organizing, and planning for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.
The Safe Routes to School Launch Program
The Safe Routes to School Launch Program was a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and the Safe Routes Partnership, and was designed to assist communities in creating or strengthening strong Safe Routes to School programs by providing assessments, trainings, and technical assistance to increase the safety and health of their students. Learn more.
Funding for the CPBSP is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).