For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Lisa Peterson chatted with Paul Van Dyk, City Traffic Engineer with the City of Long Beach. In this installment, Van Dyk discusses the value of building both an internal and external safety culture, providing tools for practitioners, and ensuring that not only the infrastructure we build but also the programs we offer are accessible and available. Read the Safety Story below!
Lisa: Could share a little bit about your background and what your current role is?
For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Lisa Peterson chatted with Jason Kligier, Mobility Manager with the City of Santa Monica. In this installment, Kligier discusses the development of the 2022 Local Roadway Safety Plan, implementing pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements as part of achieving the city's Vision Zero goals, and the importance of data analysis, community engagement, and outreach. Read the Safety Story below!
Can you share with me about your current role with the City of Santa Monica?
What is Equitable Active Transportation? Centering equity is a critical component of ensuring safe and accessible transportation in all communities and for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes, no matter how they travel, whether that is by car, walking, biking, rolling or taking public transportation (California Office of Traffic Safety).
Pedestrian and bicycle counts are often required for transportation models, to determine capacity and to assess the attractiveness of a streetscape to non-motorized users. By counting them, it is possible to demonstrate their significance as road users in allocating resources for improvements. Counts can also serve as benchmarks for evaluations of safety enhancements.
Counts also allow us to fully understand crash data, because they help us better visualize how common crashes are in our research area. Below, you'll find resources on counts for specific regions in California, guides...
Communities throughout California have convened Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committees (BPAC), Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) or commissions to advise and recommend active transportation safety policies and practices. They may be established at the city or county level. Do you have a BPAC or ATAC in your community that we can add to the page? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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