Bicycle safety

Reflections on the 2019 Safe Systems Summit: Redefining Transportation Safety

June 7, 2019

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 37,133 traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2017, a 1.8-percent decrease from the 37,806 people killed in 2016. While there has been a general downward trend downward in traffic fatalities overall, this is still an alarmingly high number of deaths – and there have been troubling increases for vulnerable road users like pedestrians.

Safe Routes to School Launch Program

The Safe Routes to School Launch Program, a joint project of the Safe Routes Partnership and UC Berkeley SafeTREC, is designed to start strong and sustainable Safe Routes to School programs in California communities. 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).

Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program (CPBSP)

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program (CPBSP) was launched by SafeTREC to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries in California communities, with a special focus on addressing the safety needs of high-risk communities like seniors, children, and communities of color.

Safe Routes to School Launch Workshop in San Bernardino: Friday, June 14

June 4, 2019

Join SafeTREC and the Safe Routes Partnership on Friday, June 14 at King Middle School in San Bernardino for the first Safe Routes to School Launch Workshop of 2019! During this workshop you will hear about ways to make walking and rolling to and from school safer, convenient and fun.

Children biking and walking on street and in crosswalk

Active Transportation Needs Assessments

Active Transportation Needs Assessments with California Native American Tribes

Street assessment

Complete Streets Safety Assessments (CSSA)

SafeTREC is offering free Complete Streets Safety Assessments (CSSA) to California local agencies with a population of over 25,000 people. CSSAs are comprehensive transportation safety assessments that focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety. They help local agencies identify and implement traffic safety solutions that lead to improved safety for all users of California’s roadways.

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).

Focus Cities Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected California as a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Focus State in 2015 due to its high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.

SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts: Bicycle Safety

Chen, Katherine L.
Tsai, Bor-Wen
Fortin, Garrett
Cooper, Jill F.
2018

Bicycling is becoming more popular across the country, for commuting, exercise, and leisure. However, in the event of a traffic collision between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist, the bicyclist is the more vulnerable party and is more likely to be injured or killed than motor vehicle passengers. Bicycling fatalities increased 14.4 percent from 734 in 2012 to 840 in 2016 nationwide. Bicyclist fatalities represented 2.2 percent of the total number of traffic fatalities in 2016.