Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST)

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks (Cal Walks). Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 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.

The program began in 2009 as the Community Pedestrian Safety Training (CPST) program, and was expanded in 2016 to incorporate strategies to improve bicycle safety and renamed the Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program.   

Results

As of 2020, SafeTREC and Cal Walks have conducted 100 pedestrian and bicycle safety trainings throughout California. While our curriculum was developed for in-person workshops, it has been successfully adapted for virtual convenings as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Explore our interactive map of the CPBST Program to view and access summary reports where available of each workshop proceeding, including ideas identified during the process and recommendations for pedestrian/bicycle safety projects, policies, and programs. 

CPBST Interactive Map 2018
View a web accessible, text version of the CPBST Interactive Map.

For follow-up surveys and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the CPBST, please view:

About the CPBST

The CPBST works with local residents and safety advocates to develop a tailored, community-driven action plan to improve walking and biking safety in their communities and strengthen collaboration with local officials and agency staff. The CPBST includes training and skills building in pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as community engagement, and creates opportunities for collaboration among community-based organizations, local officials, and residents. The goal is to help make communities safer and more pleasant for walking and biking. The training is designed to provide participants with: 1) knowledge on how to conduct walking/biking assessments; 2) walking and biking safety strategies using a safe systems framework; and 3) an opportunity to address and plan for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects and programs with their community. 

Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Trainings 2017

This training teaches basic pedestrian and bicycle safety best practices (e.g. high visibility crosswalks, crash reduction factors), community engagement skills (e.g. identifying community professionals empowered to solve problems), walkability/bikeability assessment of a selected pedestrian/bicyclist danger area, and mapping or other small group interactive prioritization of safety issues. In 2020, this curriculum was adapted for virtual convenings due to the coronavirus outbreak.        

The training uses SafeTREC analytic tools such as the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Street Story qualitative data collection, and data analysis. At the training, participants will engage in:

  • Expert-led presentations
  • Interactive training sessions
  • Small group discussion
  • Walkability/bikeability Assessment

At the end of the training, participants will have a set of pedestrian and bicycle safety priorities, including a next steps action plan to promote safe walking and biking in the community. This training is also designed to help communities with the development and implementation of a Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Action Plan.

Learn more: download the 2021 CPBST Fact Sheet: English / Spanish

2021 CPBST Community Workshops

This year, the CPBST will be partnering with the 12 communities throughout California listed below to discuss, plan, and implement active transportation safety improvements. We are committed to working with each community to identify how a CPBST workshop fits into their current needs and goals, especially as pedestrian and bicycle safety needs are changing during the COVID pandemic. All CPBST activities are currently restricted to online to protect the public health of participating communities and our staff. Interested in learning more details about an upcoming workshop and how to register? Please contact Katherine Chen at kchen@berkeley.edu.

Community Training Date
Empire May 21, 2021
Madera June 2, 2021
Castro Valley June 22, 2021
Calipatria July 14, 2021
El Sereno (Los Angeles) July 15, 2021
West Fresno July 20, 2021
North Long Beach August 18, 2021
Redding/Anderson August 19, 2021
Chinatown (Los Angeles) August 31, 2021
South Los Angeles September 10, 2021 
Central Los Angeles September 13, 2021 
Koreatown (Los Angeles) September 16, 2021


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