Stories

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 ...

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May 16, 2024

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Stories from You

Stories from You highlights the perspectives of practitioners, advocates, and community residents improving safety for people walking and rolling throughout California!

Are you passionate about safe active transportation and have a Safety Story you’d like to submit? SafeTREC wants to hear from you! If you've been involved with an active transportation plan, project, or program that improved safety for people walking or rolling in your community, we want to hear about it!

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Safety Story with Paul Van Dyk

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?

Paul Van Dyk:...

Safety Story with Megan Wier

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Kristen Leckie chatted with Megan Wier, Assistant Director at Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT). Wier calls out the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable. Read her Safety Story below!

Do you mind telling us about your agency and then about the role you play within that organization?

Since March 2020, I have worked...

Safety Story with Jason Kligier

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?

I am the Mobility Manager for...

Mobilizing for Street Safety in Oakland: Senior and Disability Action

For this installment of Stories from You, we're excited to feature a story from Jessica Lehman, Executive Director at Senior and Disability Action. With expansion into the East Bay, Senior and Disability Action launched and won a successful street safety campaign on a particularly tough portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Oakland for people of all ages and abilities.

What does a community coming together for street safety look like?

On a sunny afternoon this past August, it looked like six people making posters in a North Oakland coffee shop. I...

Safety Story with Karen Rodriguez

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Jarah Crowner chatted with Karen Rodriguez, Community Programs Coordinator for California Walks. Rodriguez talks about her inspiration for working in active transportation and why community engagement is vital for success in active transportation programs.

What is your current role?

As a Community Programs Coordinator for California Walks, I oversee the development and implementation of our...

The CPBST at work in Florence-Firestone

Pedestrians and bicyclists make up a disproportionate share of road deaths and injuries, and low-income, majority person-of-color communities tend to face the greatest danger. Comprehensive pedestrian safety programs targeted toward such communities have the potential to build communities’ capacity to address safety issues, but there is a lack of systematic research and evaluation on how effective these...