Online Program

Catalyzing Partnerships for Safe & Walkable Communities: Lessons Learned from the Community Pedestrian Safety Training Program

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 :

Tony Dang, BA, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Jill F. Cooper, MSW, University of California, Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, Berkeley, CA
Wendy Alfsen, JD, California Walks Youth Leaders, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Claire A. Quiner, BS, University of California, Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, Berkeley, CA

Studies have consistently documented that unsafe roadway conditions deter people from taking more active forms of transportation, such as walking and biking, and across the United States, these vulnerable road users disproportionately comprise traffic fatalities. To address pedestrian safety in California, UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks partnered to deliver 27 Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings (CPST) throughout the state. The CPST convenes community members and agency stakeholders to work together to help improve safety and “walkability,” equipping local neighborhood residents with multi-disciplinary strategies based on research and best practice and providing a forum for dialogue with health and transportation professionals to develop action steps to improve pedestrian safety in their communities.


Twenty-seven trainings were conducted in California between 2009-2014. Training site selection criteria include statewide collision data and GIS mapping to identify communities with disproportionate injuries and fatalities; underserved communities; and local stakeholder readiness. Facilitators teach participants about advancing pedestrian safety and walkability strategies through a site-tailored curriculum, a walking assessment, and, outreach strategies for educating elected officials and health and transportation professionals. Finally, facilitated small-group planning identifies and prioritizes pedestrian safety interventions and implementation strategies.


Follow-up surveys reveal that after trainings, most sites have furthered local health and safety policies, sought and received funding to improve the built environment, and conducted broad-based programming supporting pedestrian safety from engineering, enforcement and education disciplines.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain key elements of a broad-based community-based training for pedestrian safety and walkability based on research and best practice. Discuss lessons learned from convening stakeholders from diverse disciplines to strengthen pedestrian safety interventions. Identify potential policy, systems, and environmental changes that can stem from a community-based training intervention.

Keyword(s): Partnerships, Transportation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Wendy Alfsen is Executive Director of California Walks—a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to making communities healthier and more equitable through policies, programs, and activities that encourage walking for everyday transportation. Wendy works to empower community leaders and organizations to engage in local, regional, and statewide healthy and active transportation advocacy and policy making through workshops, coalition-building, and technical assistance.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.