California Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The California Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a statewide, coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and severe injuries to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on all public roads. It 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 are concerned with pedestrian and bicycle safety. Strategies to address them are listed below:

Challenge Area: Pedestrians

  • Improve the safety of pedestrian crossings by using proven effective countermeasures.
  • Expand effective enforcement and education of all roadway users to improve pedestrian safety based on known risk factors and data trends.
  • Increase funding for pedestrian safety infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.
  • Improve collection, use, and analysis of data needed for pedestrian safety planning and programming.
  • Increase pedestrian safety-focused coordination among State, regional, and local agencies including on transportation planning and land use efforts.

Challenge Area: Bicycling

  • Improve roadway and bikeway planning, design, operations, and connectivity to enhance bicycling safety and mobility to all destinations.
  • Improve data collection regarding bicyclist trips, injuries, and fatalities on California roadways and bicycle paths.
  • Improve education and enforcement to promote safe mult-modal travel.
  • Encourage more bicycle travel by improving public attitudes about bicycling as a safe mode of transportation.
  • Develop safe, direct, and connected routes for bicycling.

Access the Implementation Plan, SHSP Update 2015, and the SHSP Fact Sheet.