Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program (CPBSP)

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program (CPBSP) was launched by UC Berkeley SafeTREC in collaboration with California Walks to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries in California communities. The CPBSP prioritizes working in communities that are at disproportionate risk for road traffic injuries and addressing the safety needs of people who are underserved by traditional transportation resources and planning, e.g., older adults, people with lower incomes, people with disabilities, people who use a mobility device, immigrant or refugee populations, and more. 

The CPBSP is supported by funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). We have a key partnership with the non-profit agency California Walks.

CPBST Walk Audit in Sanger

The overall program goal is to engage residents and non-traditional partners in active transportation planning and to strengthen the capacity of community partners to create safer and more accessible streets for walking and biking in their neighborhoods. We do this by:

  • Educating participants on pedestrian and bicycle safety strategies and best practices, including the Safe System framework and safe routes to school;

  • Training communities to conduct walking/biking safety assessments to identify concerns and opportunities for improvements and other data collection to advance their safety goals;  

  • Providing site-specific support, including traffic crash analysis, outreach, pedestrian/bicycle safety research, and activities to develop a community-driven safety action plan; 

  • Sharing resources on open source mapping technology and crowdsourced data strategies; 

  • Providing technical assistance to agencies and community groups in FHWA-designated Pedestrian-Bicycle Focus Cities in California;

  • Engaging communities with large monolingual Spanish-speaking populations in active transportation safety discussions and creating shareable educational content; 

  • Offering follow-up services to communities that previously received training to support their pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts.

CPBSP Projects

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 residents and health, transportation and safety advocates to understand a community’s walking and biking safety concerns and advance their pedestrian and bicycle safety goals. We work to strengthen collaboration between all safety partners, discuss transportation safety information and local crash data, and collectively develop a community-driven safety action plan.  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. In 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated seven Pedestrian-Bicycle Focus Cities in California based on their disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle deaths. The goal of the project is to provide support to professional and community stakeholders in these cities in order to reduce pedestrian/bicycle fatalities. These California Focus Cities were 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. 

In 2021, the FHWA updated their Focused Approach to Safety. Because of disproportionately high pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, California continues to be identified as a Focus State for the Pedestrians and Bicyclists focus area. FHWA has also identified speed management as an additional area of emphasis for all Focus States. The FHWA shifted their local stakeholder engagement to the regional level, with an emphasis on metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The Kern Council of Governments, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, San Diego Association of Governments and San Joaquin Council of Governments were identified as Pedestrian Focus Regions, while the Southern California Association of Governments was named as both a Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focus Region. 

Through September 2022, this program will continue to support the seven FHWA-designated Focus Cities while establishing relationships in the newly designated Focus Regions. Learn more here


Comunidades Activas y Seguras (Active and Safe Communities)

UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks developed Comunidades Activas y Seguras to better serve communities with a large monolingual Spanish speaking population. This program takes a cultural and linguistically sensitive approach to engaging communities in active transportation discussions and decision-making. Comunidades Activas y Seguras uses a cohort model to encourage communities across the state to share resources and support each other as they develop audiovisual content to share their experiences and advocate for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. Learn more here.

Past Projects

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. It 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).