What is the Strategic Highway Safety Plan?
The California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide data-driven traffic safety plan that coordinates the efforts of a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. In coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector safety stakeholders, the SHSP establishes goals, objectives, and challenge areas.
The 2020–2024 California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), "California Safe Roads: 2020-2024 Strategic Highway Safety Plan" has been developed using the data findings and input from regional outreach events to determine effective strategies to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries.
- Download the 2020-2024 SHSP
- Download the 2020-2024 Fact Sheet
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety in the SHSP
Two specific Challenge Areas in the SHSP are concerned with active transportation safety:
Challenge Area: Pedestrians
The Pedestrians Challenge Area includes crashes where at least one fatal or serious injury victim is a pedestrian.
Though pedestrian serious injuries have decreased since 2016, pedestrian fatalities are still rising making this vulnerable population a high priority for traffic safety. Collisions related to pedestrians represent 17% of fatal or serious injury collisions in California. Read more about this challenge area on page 21 in the SHSP.
Challenge Area: Bicycling
California’s growing network of bike lanes and paths make bicycling a popular mode of transportation. Bicyclists are considered vulnerable road users and are more susceptible to serious and fatal injuries when involved in a motor vehicle crash.
Bicyclist-involved collisions represent 7% of fatal or serious injury collisions in California. Read more about this challenge area on page 22 in the SHSP
SHSP Crash Data Dashboard
The SHSP Crash Data Dashboard was developed to provide SHSP implementers with direct access to crash data. The dashboard allows for filtering of the number and characteristics of fatal and serious injury crashes over the last 10 years. Some filtering options include:
- SHSP Challenge Area
- Crash Severity
- Location: District, County, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and City
- Crash Cause
- Crash Time
- Crash Party and Victim Demographics
Visit the Caltrans website to learn more about the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) program.