Comunidades Activas y Seguras (Safe and Active Communities) Program

The Program

Comunidades Activas y Seguras (Safe and Active 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 will take a community centered and culturally/linguistically sensitive approach to identify and address walking and biking safety concerns.

Comunidades Activas y Seguras will collaborate with communities to:

  • Improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Engage communities to be involved in active transportation safety discussions and be a part of decision-making processes
  • Work with partners working on issues to transportation safety (ex: environmental justice, housing, access to health food, etc.)
  • Connect 3 communities and create opportunities for collaboration 
  • Provide opportunities to create shareable educational content through social media and other virtual outlets

What to Expect

Banner photo of the Safe and Active Communities Program with the program name on a blue background, superimposed on a photo of a residential street corner with a bike lane

The virtual training will increase the community’s knowledge of pedestrian and bicyclist safety, identify strategies to implement in their community to improve safety for all road users, and build rapport between residents, local officials, agency staff, coalitions, and other partners. In 2021, all training sessions will be delivered virtually. As conditions around the pandemic improve, we will reassess conducting workshops in-person.

Activities may include presentation and discussion of:

  • Walking & Biking Crash Data: To help develop targeted programs and engineering solutions;
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Overview: To develop safety strategies using a Safe System framework that aims to eliminate fatal and serious injuries on the road;
  • Visioning Activity: To envision and identify priorities and resources to help promote safe and active transportation;
  • Audio-Visual Activity: To allow participants to share their experiences on the road and develop ways to elevate their voices to advocate for road safety improvements.

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.

Download our program flyer: English / Spanish

2021 Trainings

This year, the Comunidades Activas y Seguras project team partnered with the Greenfield community in Kern County and the Wilmington neighborhood in Los Angeles to take a community centered and culturally/linguistically sensitive approach to identifying and addressing their walking and biking safety concerns. You can view and access summary reports and recommendations of both trainings below. 

Greenfield Executive Summary and Recommendations

Wilmington Executive Summary and Recommendations

Interested in learning more about this program? 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.