General Resources

The California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Department of Transportation and the California Department of Public Health are the three California agencies that are most deeply involved in pedestrian and bicycle safety. There are links to various programs and resources that they offer throughout this site.

Additional resources are listed in this section. We have drawn these items from California state agencies and other resources on the state, local, and national levels.


California Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC) Formed by Caltrans in 1992, CBAC is composed of members who represent various California agencies and organizations. The committee provides guidance to Caltrans on bicycle issues. CBAC also reviews and comments on any proposed adoption or experimentation approval related to bicycle issues prior to consideration by the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC)

California Traffic Control Devices Committee New Traffic Control Devices under the Office of Traffic Engineering, provides the administrative support for the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC). This committee is the vehicle by which the Department fulfills its obligation to consult with local agencies and the public, before adopting rules and regulations prescribing uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices used in California.
Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SRTS), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. The ATP is administered by the Division of Local Assistance, Office of State Programs. Visit the ATP General and Technical Information page for program guidelines and other resources, and the ATP webpage at the California Transportation Commission (CTC) website for more program cycle specific materials and resources. 

California Department of Public Health’s PedSafe Program, trains engineers, planners, educators, public health, law enforcement, advocacy leaders, and elected officials within a city or region. The program grew out of the need to fill a gap in pedestrian safety. View the PedSafe website for resources, trainings, and educational campaign materials.

UC Berkeley Technology Transfer Program is the California transportation community's source for professional training, expert assistance and information resources. They offer a variety of multimodal and active transportation courses on topics such as Complete Streets, pedestrian facilities, roundabouts, bike facility design, and more. View the course catalog here.

Women Cycling Projectis hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP); its goal is to stimulate collaboration among professional to create a hospitable transportation environment that encourages more women to bicycle more places more often- alone, together and with their children.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Since its inception in 1999, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. the PBIC manages several websites, produces a variety of reports, guides and case studies, and offers training and technical assistance.
The Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee is concerned with research on pedestrians and pedestrian facilities that will provide safe, comfortable, and efficient walking environments along sidewalks, along and across roadways, and connecting to other modes of transportation. The Committee addresses the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of roadways as they affect use of public rights-of-way by pedestrians. The Committee aims to integrate pedestrian considerations into broader transportation issues.
TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, and the archives of its predecsessor grant program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, or OTREC. TREC also administers the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, or IBPI, and other transportation grants and programs. See their Research Areas page to view research on bicycles and pedestrians.