Bicycle safety

Vulnerable Road User Safety

SafeTREC research in progress

Explore our current research projects on vulnerable road user safety.


Bicycle Crash Corridors

Figure 2 of heatmap of corridors

While spot safety approaches are effective and necessary, they address the...

April 12: Active Transportation Planning in Unincorporated Communities

April 5, 2022

View of an intersection in a residential neighborhood in the unincorporated community of Empire during a walk/bike assessment

Join UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks for the next session on Tuesday, April 12th in the new 3-part training series, the “Strengthening Partnerships: A Peer Exchange Series for...

SafeTREC’s Offer Grembek Provides Expert Testimony on AB 1909 Bicycle Omnibus Bill

April 6, 2022

On Monday March 28th, 2022 the California State Assembly Committee on Transportation held a hearing to discuss fourteen bills addressing transportation legislation around pedestrian and bicycle safety, speed safety systems, transportation planning and funding, and more. As part of the proceedings, SafeTREC Co-Director Offer Grembek provided expert testimony for AB 1909, the Bicycle Omnibus Bill...

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...

Explore the Tools and Latest Updates on the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS)

March 23, 2022
TIMS Update: 2019 Final and 2020-2021 Provisional SWITRS Crash Data

On March 21, 2022 the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) was updated with the final version of the 2019 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) crash data. In addition, the provisional set of 2020-2021 SWITRS crashes was also updated. Learn more here.

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March 29: Relationship Building for Temporary Demonstrations and Quick-Build Projects

March 22, 2022

Members of the Costa Mesa Alliance for Better Streets in a celebratory happily group photo at installation of 19th Street demonstration project

Join UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks for the next session on Tuesday, March 29th in the new 3-part training series, the “Strengthening Partnerships:...

March 15: Using Crowdsourced Data Strategies in Community Engagement

February 28, 2022

Community members at a walking and biking safety training filling out a Street Story survey about their transportation safety experiences, with the title of the Peer Exchange session on 3 stacked color boxes in orange, yellow and blue

UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks are...

Apply now for a Community Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Training!

January 21, 2022
Creating safer streets for walking & biking: apply for a CPBST in your community!

UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks are excited to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) Program!

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Conducting Community Engagement with a Safe System Lens

October 20, 2021
New policy brief addresses how to apply the Safe System approach to community engagement

Few resources, if any, address how to apply the Safe System framework in community engagement and planning efforts. In a new policy brief, "Conducting Community Engagement with a Safe System Lens" UC Berkeley SafeTREC's Senior Policy & Program Analyst Katherine L. Chen and Co-Director Jill F. Cooper provide an overview of how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Safe System elements and principles...

Conducting Community Engagement with a Safe System Lens

Katherine L. Chen
Jill F. Cooper
2021

Introduction

Over 3,600 people died in traffic crashes in California in 2019; more than one in four people who died was a pedestrian or bicyclist (NHTSA). The burden of death and injury is unequally distributed - based on mode type, on race and ethnicity, and on income - as a consequence of historic and structurally inequitable funding and policy decisions (Archer, Sandt, Santana). Our current road network is a dichotomy of areas that connect people to things they need and underserved communities with restricted mobility. The Safe System approach offers...