Stories

Reimagine 19th: Creating Safer Streets for Walking & Biking in Costa Mesa

For this installment of Stories from You, we're excited to feature a story from Russell Toler, Founding Member of the Costa Mesa Alliance for Better Streets (CMABS). Russell helped form CMABS about a year and a half ago with some like-minded neighbors when he realized that things were not going to get better without a large, concentrated effort. Since then he and the rest of the CMABS team have been busy trying to build local momentum for the cause for safer streets.

Seizing an Opportunity

The Costa Mesa Alliance for...

Promoting Bicycle Safety in Tuolumne County

For this installment of Stories from You, we're excited to feature a story from Jack Becker from the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition (MLBC). Jack formerly served as the Executive Director of Bike Bakersfield, and moved to Sonora in 2018, where he joined the MLBC Board. He is a League of American Bicyclist Cycling Instructor and enjoys leading bike safety education for children and adults. Jack is a coach of the local high school composite mountain bike team and regularly commutes by bike around Sonora.

The Motherlode Bicycle...

Safety Story with Amelia Conlen

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Kristen Leckie chatted with Amelia Conlen, Transportation Planner for Ecology Action. Conlen calls out the importance of community buy-in in order to create successful bike and pedestrian projects, highlighting two recent projects on Green Valley Road and Portola Drive. Read her Safety Story below!

What is your current role?

I am a Transportation Planner for Ecology Action.

What inspired you to work in active...

Safety Story with Ana Lopez

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Kristen Leckie chatted with Ana Lopez, Policy and Program Analyst for SafeTREC and our lead for the Comunidades Activas y Segura (Active and Safe Communities) Program. Lopez calls out the importance of community-centered and culturally/linguistically-sensitive approaches to improve the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in Spanish-speaking...

Stories from the Field with Angelica Rocha

For this installment of Stories from the Field, we're excited to share a recent conversation with Angelica Rocha, Senior Planner with Circulate San Diego. Circulate San Diego is a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 whose mission is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant healthy neighborhoods. In this safety story, Rocha discusses Circulate's Vision Zero advocacy work in San Diego County and their ongoing #...

Safety Story with Colin Parent

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Lisa Peterson chatted with Colin Parent, Executive Director, at Circulate San Diego and Councilmember for the City of La Mesa, California. Parent discusses public policy strategies for advancing safer streets, the importance of working with the press and decision makers, and the role of empathy in getting to zero traffic deaths and injuries. Read his Safety Story below!...

Stories From the Field with Warren Logan: Complete Streets, Equity and COVID-19

In the Spring of 2020, Charles T. Brown, Founder and Managing Principal of Equitable Cities LLC, sat down for a series of virtual interviews with Esther Rivera, the Deputy Director of California Walks; Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Inter Agency Relations at the City of Oakland Mayor’s Office; and Tracy McMillan, Senior Associate at Nelson\Nygaard. Brown led conversations with each transportation professional about complete streets, equity, and COVID-19. The video "What makes a street complete?" highlights each...

Safety Story with Patrick Phelan

For this installment of Stories from the Field, Berkeley SafeTREC’s Jarah Crowner chatted with Patrick Phelan, Infrastructure Administrator with the City of Richmond. Patrick speaks to the importance of community engagement in implementing successful, active transportation projects and about his inspiration for working to make biking, walking and rolling safer for the residents of Richmond. Check out his Safety Story below!

What is your current role?

I am the Infrastructure Administrator in the Public...

Safety Story with Nikita Sinha at Walk San José

In this installment of Stories From the Field, Nikita Sinha of Walk San José shares her experiences advocating for the safety of people in the city who walk, bike, and roll through partnership and community engagement centered in equity. Read more below!

What is your current role?

I work on the Walk San José program with California Walks.

What inspired you to work in active...