Community Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST)

The Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program is a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of the CPBST program is to train local neighborhood residents and safety advocates on how to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and to strengthen their collaboration with local officials and agency staff to make California communities safer and more pleasant to walk and bike.  

The program, begun in 2009 as the Community Pedestrian Safety Training (CPST) program, was expanded in 2016 to incorporate strategies to improve bicycle safety and renamed the Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program.

As of 2018, SafeTREC and California Walks have conducted 77 pedestrian and bicycle safety trainings throughout California. 


Explore our new interactive map of the CPBST Program to view and access summary reports where available of each workshop proceedings, as well as ideas identified during the process and recommendations for pedestrian/bicycle safety projects, policies, and programs. 

CPBST Map of 2018

View a web accessible, text version of the CPBST Interactive Map.

For a summary of trainings conducted from 2009-2015, please view the:


The half­‐day training is designed to provide participants with pedestrian and bicycle safety best practices and a range of proven strategies to address and improve pedestrian safety conditions and concerns (the 6 E’s: Evaluation, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, Empowerment). Participants are then guided on a walkability assessment of nearby streets before setting pedestrian and bicycle safety priorities and actionable next steps for their community. Each training is tailored to a specific community, enlisting participation from community members and safety advocates, along with professional staff and officials from local government and agencies.

Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Trainings 2017

This training teaches basic pedestrian and bicycle safety best practices (e.g. high visibility crosswalks, crash reduction factors), community engagement skills (e.g. identifying community professionals empowered to solve problems), walkability assessment of a selected pedestrian/bicyclist danger area, and mapping or other small group interactive prioritization of safety issues.             

The training uses SafeTREC analytic tools such as the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) and data analysis. At the training, participants will engage in:

  • Expert-led presentations
  • Interactive training sessions
  • Small group discussion
  • Walkability Assessment

At the end of the training, participants will have a set of pedestrian safety priorities and a next steps action plan to promote safe walking in the community. The training is also designed to help communities with development and implementation of a Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Action Plan. 

Call for 2019 CPBST Projects

Great news! We have extended the application deadline! To apply for a CPBST program in your community for 2019, review the Program Application (English/Spanish) and submit to Miha Tomuta at sends e-mail) by Friday, January 11, 2019For questions or help filling out the application, call Miha Tomuta at (714) 742-0741 or email sends e-mail). Para Español, por favor contacte a Wendy Ortiz at (714) 742-2295 or email sends e-mail).

Please visit the CPBST program page for more information about the program, eligibility, and the selection process and timeline.

If you have any questions about the CPBST Program, please contact Jill Cooper, 510-643-4259.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.