California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

What is the Strategic Highway Safety Plan? 

The California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) 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. 

UPDATE: The 2020-2024 California Strategic Highway Safety Plan is scheduled for release in Fall 2019. 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety in the SHSP

Two specific Challenge Areas in the SHSP 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 multi-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.

Additional Resources


2020-2024 Strategic Highway Safety Plan Logo

2015-2019 Strategic Highway Safety Plan

2015-2019 Strategic Highway Safety Plan cover featuring thumbnail images of urban, suburban, and rural roadways.