Safe System

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


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...

CSCRS Collaborator Profile: SafeTREC Co-Director David Ragland

January 14, 2022
CSCRS Collaborator Profile features SafeTREC's David Ragland

SafeTREC Co-Director David Ragland was featured in the latest edition of "CSCRS Crossroads", the quarterly newsletter of the Collaborative Sciences Center for...

Course Announcement: Spring 2022 Traffic Safety and Injury Control

January 6, 2022

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Injuries from traffic crashes are a major cause of death and disability in the United States and around the...

SafeTREC Co-Director Offer Grembek presents at the 2021 Israel Road Safety Conference

December 15, 2021

On December 13, 2021, as part of the 3rd Annual Israel Road Safety Conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel, SafeTREC Co-Director Offer Grembek presented virtually about the Safe System Approach to road safety. In this presentation, Grembek discussed the motivation for focusing on zero deaths and the main principles of a Safe System.

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Explore our new series of transportation safety videos!

October 26, 2021

Since 2019, UC Berkeley SafeTREC has produced a yearly series of brief videos showcasing current and timely transportation safety issues and the research being done at the Center. Click on the links below to explore our latest 2021 series!

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...

Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS) Funds 13 New Projects

September 13, 2021

Today we're excited to share a guest news story from Amanda Cairo, Communications Director for the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). This post was originally published on August 31, 2021.

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Upcoming Community Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Trainings in August

August 16, 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....