Stories

Stories From the Field with Jarah Crowner

For this installment of Stories from the Field, we're excited to share a recent conversation with Jarah Crowner, Policy and Program Analyst at UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC). She is the program lead for Street Story, an online community engagement tool that allows residents, community groups and agencies to collect information about transportation collisions, near-misses...

Safety Story with Michelle Lieberman: Advancing Safe Routes to School

In this installment of Stories From the Field, Michelle Lieberman from the Safe Routes Partnership shares her experiences building safe, active and healthy communities through policy change, partnerships and technical assistance for advancing safer walking and rolling to school. Read more below!

What is your current role?

I am the Consulting and Program Support Director at the Safe Routes Partnership. I oversee technical assistance and...

Stories From the Field with Esther Rivera: 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...

Stories from the Field with Walk Bike Berkeley

For this video installment of Stories from the Field, we're excited to share a recent conversation with Liza Lutzker and Ben Gerhardstein, Coordinating Committee Members of Walk Bike Berkeley, a volunteer-run advocacy organization founded in 2018 by Berkeley residents. In this safety story, you'll learn how they are working to make walking and biking safer (and more fun!) through community engagement, participating in local planning processes, and leading...

Stories From the Field with Tracy McMillan: 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...

Dave's Safety Story: Lessons from Oakland

For this installment of Stories from the Field, SafeTREC Policy and Program Analyst, Ali von Klan, sat down with Dave Campbell, Bike East Bay's Advocacy Director. Campbell talks about his decades-long of advocacy work promoting bicycling for transportation in the Bay Area and the importance of trust, relationship-building, and maintaining expectations during the planning and design process.

Interview condensed for length and clarity.

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Stories from the Field with Esther Rivera

For this video installment of Stories from the Field, we're excited to share a recent conversation with Esther Rivera, Deputy Director of California Walks, an organization that partners with state agencies, organizations and communities to establish and strengthen policies and practices that support pedestrian safety and healthy, walkable communities. In this safety story, Rivera shares her passion for social justice, public health and creating...

Safety Story with Diana Meehan

What is your current role?

I’m a Senior Program Planner/Administrator, Active Transportation Coordinator and also manage our Travel Demand programs for the Napa Valley Transportation Authority.

What inspired you to work in active transportation?

I’ve been a life-long lover of the outdoors, especially cycling. I had some significant life changes and returned to college to finish my degree in my 40’s. Transportation wasn’t really on my radar, but I landed an internship at the agency I am now working for just prior to finishing my degree in Environmental Studies and...

Safety Story with Noel Pond-Danchik

What is your current role?

I’m currently the Pedestrian Program Coordinator on the Bike & Pedestrian section of the Safe Streets Division at Oakland’s Department of Transportation.

What inspired you to work in active transportation?

I fell into it as a mix of my two passions: urban planning and environmental sustainability. My dad also had an electric bike when I was a teenager and being able to get myself places before I could drive gave me a sense of autonomy and freedom I later wanted to share with everyone who doesn’t drive.

How...

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...