Community Planning

California Walks works to actively connect to and engage communities as leaders of change who drive decision-making processes in genuine ways that are based on their own expertise. We see and treat local communities as legitimate experts in their own lived experiences and operate a number of programs to help them leverage these experience to direct community-based planning processes.


Community Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Training Program (CPBST)

The CPBST program is a joint project of California Walks and UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC). Cal Walks and SafeTREC staff work with local residents and safety advocates to develop a community-driven action plan to improve walking and biking safety in their communities and strengthen collaboration with local officials and agency staff.

The training provides participants with a multidisciplinary approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety including guided walking and biking assessments along local streets, interactive education on pedestrian and bicycle safety strategies and best practices through the 6Es framework: Evaluation, Equity and Community Empowerment, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement


California Focus Cities


Cal Walks and UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), in coordination with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), are working to support seven Focus Cities throughout the state to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The seven California Focus Cities are: Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Ana.

The Focus Cities—including agency staff, local non-profit and community-based organizations, and interested community residents—have access to free resources and technical assistance from Cal Walks and SafeTREC.