Pedestrian Safety

Conducting Community Engagement with a Safe System Lens

Katherine L. Chen
Jill F. Cooper


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...

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...

New resource: 2021 CPBST Program Workshop Follow-Up Survey Highlights

August 27, 2021

According to the latest traffic safety data from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) while traffic fatalities have decreased 5.1% from 3,798 in 2018 to 3,606 in 2019, the safety for those walking and biking in our communities continues to be a concern. In 2019, there were 972 pedestrian fatalities (a 0.6% decrease from 2018) and 133 bicyclist fatalities (a 19.5% decrease from 2018). Ensuring that our communities are safe for walking, biking and...

New Release: 2021 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Fact Sheets

September 30, 2021
2021 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Fact Sheets feature recent data on some of California's most pressing traffic safety issues to help inform future road safety efforts

UC Berkeley SafeTREC is excited to announce the release of the 2021 series of Traffic Safety Fact Sheets, which feature traffic safety data and trends at the national and state level on a variety of road safety topics. This series also highlights the Safe System approach to road safety. Historically, road safety efforts focused on changing human behaviors to prevent crashes. The Safe System approach reframes...

Engagement of Latine Communities in Transportation Safety

Ana Lopez
Alma Leyva
Jill F. Cooper


Public participation in government is a foundation of democracy; however, it exists on a spectrum. In the field of transportation, decision-makers may seek information by simply making public announcements to invite input. Alternatively, governments devote resources to conduct thoughtful and extensive outreach to seek meaningful input. Recently, professionals and policymakers have considered an equity approach not only to reach and engage a diverse, representative group of community members, but to develop plans, projects, and policies that are...

California Pedestrian Safety Month is here!

September 10, 2021

Today we're excited to share a guest news story from SafeTREC's Kristen Leckie, Program & Policy Analyst. This post was originally published on September 8, 2021.

As we near two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies are now releasing data on its impact for people walking. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2020 had the “...

SafeTREC's Katherine Chen presents at TRB Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity

September 22, 2021
Community Engagement: Pivoting Active Transportation Safety Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Banner promotion for the TRB Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) held the virtual event, "Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity: Bridging the Divide between People, Research...

Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS)

The Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) has been developed by SafeTREC's GIS Program team to provide quick, easy and free access to California crash data that has been geo-coded to make it easy to map out crashes and even view the locations in Google Street View.

The following tools are currently available on TIMS:

NEW! SWITRS Summary Injury Crashes During COVID-19 SWITRS Query & Map SWITRS GIS Map California Safety PM Target Setting Collision Diagram SRTS Map Viewer ATP Maps & Summary Data...

Join an upcoming CPBST workshop in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 13, & 16!

September 8, 2021

Register now for one of our upcoming Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) workshops! These virtual workshops are presented throughout the state of California by UC Berkeley SafeTREC in partnership with California Walks. The CPBST program trains neighborhood residents and health, transportation and safety advocates on how to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety to make California communities safer and more pleasant to walk and bike....

2021 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: Pedestrian Safety

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

Everyone is a pedestrian, whether or not walking is one’s primary mode of travel. As a commute mode, walking is gaining in numbers. Based on the first six months of 2020, the GHSA projects that pedestrian fatalities in the nation will be on pace with 2019 despite large reductions in motor vehicle travel associated with COVID-19. Pedestrian fatalities as a proportion of total motor vehicle deaths increased from 13.0 percent in 2010 to 17.3 percent in 2019. Moreover, pedestrian fatalities increased 46.5 percent from 2010 to 2019 while other traffic deaths increased by 4.9 percent. Increases...