The California Strategic Highway Safety Plan is the result of efforts by a collaboration among state agencies with responsibilities for or jurisdiction over all facets of traffic safety in California.
Two specific Challenge Areas, numbers 8 and 13, are concerned with pedestrian and bicycle safety. Their goals are listed below:
Challenge Area 8: Make Walking and Street Crossing Safer
8.1 Expand the Safe Routes to School program to implement a comprehensive, age-appropriate approach to school traffic safety, including school facilities planning, collaboration, and coordination among those responsible for education, transportation, and land use planning to maximize safety for children walking to and from schools.
8.2 Develop pedestrian safety improvement programs to identify and improve safety at high-crash concentration locations involving pedestrians.
8.3 Form a task force to assist in development of pedestrian safety action plans, to facilitate training delivery, and to establish pedestrian safety improvement programs in California’s urban and rural communities.
8.4 Promote pedestrian safety audits and implementation of recommendations.
8.5 Establish a Pedestrian Safety Data Think Tank to develop and implement a comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Data Plan which improves and institutionalizes pedestrian safety data collection and analysis, ensures that existing data collection efforts include information on pedestrian fatalities, injuries, and exposure, and implements a readily available format for local research and investigation.
8.6 Improve pedestrian striping and include standard safety upgrades in routine maintenance and striping projects.
8.7 Assess both the DMV’s California Driver Handbook and standard traffic school curriculum for information on pedestrian-related laws, collision factors, and defensive walking and make additions/revisions as necessary. Develop and provide complementary ongoing pedestrian safety education materials reinforced with public information programs.
8.8 Implement Complete Streets–providing safe access for all modes –and model pedestrian safety principles as fundamental in transportation and land use plans with incentives to cities, counties, and regions to integrate pedestrian safety in general and specific land use plans, transportation plans, and other policy documents.
Challenge Area 13: Improve Bicycling Safety
13.1 Establish a bicycle safety improvement program-with project selection criteria-for State highways and local roads. Establish more bicycle and pedestrian corridors and create partnerships in high-collision incident areas.
13.2 Increase bicycle helmet usage through education and promotion.
13.3 Enhance bicycling information in DMV materials and procedures.
13.4 Enhance bicycling information in current Peace Officer Standards and Training, California Vehicle Code, and traffic law enforcement modules.
13.5 Support and expand the California Bicycle Coalition Complete Streets Sub-Committee to develop a curriculum and design standards for complete streets, traffic calming, safe intersection design, and appropriate vehicle speeds for environments where pedestrians and bicyclists are legal users.
13.6 Provide improved guidance and standards in the CAMUTCD for safely accommodating bicyclists in work zones.
13.7 Provide information about policies concerning bicycling to transportation professionals-including State and local agencies and transportation consultants.
13.8 Implement and encourage bicycle safety inspections, training, and education at schools as part of physical education or other programs.
13.9 Support expanding Safe Routes to School programs for noninfrastructure projects focusing on education, bicyclist visibility, motorist awareness, and accommodation of bicyclists.
13.10 Improve data collection-from various sources-regarding bicycle trips and bicycle collisions.
13.11 Develop and implement a bicycle safety public education, information, and enforcement program for all age groups of road users.