September is Pedestrian Safety Month in California

September 14, 2022

Recent reports have continued to document the crisis of traffic deaths for people on our roadways. Data estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that traffic fatalities reached a 16 year high in 2021, with an estimated 42,915 motor vehicle fatalities, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020. The number of people dying while...

Pedestrian Safety Month is here!

September 8, 2021

As we near two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies are now releasing data on its impact for people walking. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2020 had the “largest ever annual increase, 21 percent, in the rate at which drivers struck and killed pedestrians.” In California, UC Berkeley SafeTREC’s ...

National Walk to School Day is around the corner!

September 29, 2021
Join the celebration and walk to school on National Walk to School Day.

On Wednesday, October 6, schools across the United States will celebrate National Walk to School Day. Registration is now open and anyone is welcome to join! You can register schools, neighborhoods or families to pledge to walk to school so you can celebrate in the safest way possible under your current public health guidelines. ...

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...

Explore these upcoming funding opportunities and resources from the US DOT, Caltrans, and more!

April 10, 2024
Looking for funding opportunities for active transportation projects? Look below for the latest funding opportunities! Active Transportation Program (Cycle 7)Caltrans logo

Caltrans has officially launched the seventh cycle of their ...

Celebrating pedestrian safety in April 2024: National Public Health Week, National Walking Day & Walk to Work Day

April 3, 2024

This year, from April 1-7th, there are several ways to celebrate the important role that equitable, safe and accessible pedestrian safety plays for healthy and thriving communities. Learn more about the opportunities to get involved and support safe spaces to walk for people of all ages and abilities for the events below!

National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 3, 2024...

Safety Story with Haleema Bharoocha and Tonya Love

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Kris Leckie chatted with Haleema Bharoocha and Tonya Love. In this installment, they talk to us about their recent work to introduce legislation in Oakland to pilot a Community Traffic Safety Program. Read their Safety Story below!

Could you both share a little about your backgrounds and what inspired you to work in active transportation?

Tonya Love (TL): I currently work for ...

Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees

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

Interested in learning more about the master plans for active transportation safety in California...

Access Across America: Walking 2014

August 12, 2015

Cover of Access Across America, 2014Access Across America: Walking 2014 is a study published by the University of Minnesota Center of Transportation Studies that estimates the accessibility of walking to jobs in the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. The purpose of...

Road Diet Case Studies

August 6, 2015

 Federal Highway Administration Road Diet Case Studies

A road diet is generally described removing vehicle lanes from a road to allocate extra space for other uses such as parking, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and turn lanes. The main purpose of a road diet is to improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and they can be relatively low cost if planned correctly....