Comunidades Activas y Seguras (Active and Safe Communities) Program

The Program

Comunidades Activas y Seguras (Active and Safe Communities) is a joint program of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks (Cal Walks). After working with communities of a wide variety of backgrounds through our statewide Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Training (CPBST) program, we learned that we needed to create a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking communities. To that end, Comunidades Activas y Seguras (CAyS) takes a community centered and culturally/linguistically sensitive approach to identify and address walking and biking safety concerns.

Comunidades Activas y Seguras (CAyS) collaborates with communities to:

  • Improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in Spanish-speaking communities in California;

  • Engage communities to be involved in active transportation safety discussions and be a part of decision-making processes;

  • Connect participating communities to each other and create opportunities for collaboration; 

  • Work with partners working on issues to transportation safety (ex: environmental justice, housing, access to health food, etc.); and

  • Create shareable educational content for social media and other virtual outlets.


What to Expect

A woman and a man wait to cross the intersection on Avalon Blvd. in Wilmington, CA

Assessment during the Comunidades Activas y Seguras training in Wilmington, CA (Photo credit: A. Morales)

The CAyS program creates awareness about the Safe System Framework to help participants understand the context of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and thus direct strategies that could help improve safety for all road users. Through collaborative work it helps build rapport between residents, local officials, agency staff, coalitions, and other stakeholders.

Activities may include presentation and discussion of:

  • Walking & Biking Crash Data Overview: An overview of crash data to identify high injury networks, and primary crash factors;

  • Safe System Overview: A review of Safe System principles, layers of protection, and strategies to help eliminate fatal and serious injuries on the road and implement education efforts;

  • Walking and Biking Assessments: A discussion of pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns and road user behavior patterns; and

  • Radio Novela Activity: Develop audiovisual tools for advocacy using community

  • Experiences and Stories: To increase understanding of effective advocacy approaches.


Communities can use this training to:

  • Support grant applications for infrastructure and community education programs;

  • Implement education efforts;

  • Build or strengthen local coalitions;

  • Increase understanding of effective policy change approaches; and

  • Expand outreach within communities.


To learn more about the program and how to apply, download the 2023 CAyS factsheet: English
/ Spanish.

Apply now to bring a Communidades Activas y Seguras (CAyS) workshop to your community!

This year, the Comunidades Activas y Seguras (CAyS) project team is seeking to partner with three new communities with large monolingual Spanish-speaking populations to take a community centered and culturally/linguistically sensitive approach to identifying and addressing their walking and biking safety concerns. We prioritize working in communities that are at higher risk for road traffic injuries and addressing the safety needs of people who are underserved by traditional transportation planning and resources. CAyS applications are now available for the 2023 program: English / Spanish. Applications will be open until all slots are filled.

2022 Trainings

Access executive summaries and Radio Novela content from the 2022 trainings:

  • Oxnard Executive Summary and Recommendations: English / Spanish
  • Bell Executive Summary and Recommendations: English / Spanish
  • Stevenson Middle School, Los Angeles Executive Summary and Recommendations: English / Spanish

2021 Trainings

Access executive summaries and Radio Novela content from the 2021 trainings: 

Interested in learning more about the program or an upcoming training? Please contact us at safetrec@berkeley.edu.


Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.