Cal Walks Newsletter
August 2017

Caro Jauregui, Senior Manager, Policy & Programs, continues our blog series,  Walking Instersectionalities , with a post on the walking and sexual harassment:

" I made the decision to learn how to drive earlier this year. But I am not learning how to drive because of the heat or because the bus schedule doesn't align properly with my life.

I am learning how to drive because I am tired of being harassed on the street and I am tired of feeling unsafe when I take up public space."

Focus Cities California Project

Have you heard of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Focus Cities? From FHWA:

"Since 2004, FHWA's Safety Office has been working to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the cities and states with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. The states and cities were revised in 2015 to include bikes and to what you currently see in this  map ."

It's likely no surprise that California is a Focus State, or that seven of our largest cities are Focus Cities: Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Ana. 

Over the past year, we have been working in partnership with  UC Berkeley SafeTREC to provide each of our Focus Cities technical assistance, education, data, and outreach. Some of that work is in direct partnership with local pedestrian and bike advocacy organizations, and we're highlighting a handful of their blog posts in our Focus Cities series:
This series has been made possible by the grant-funded Focus Cities California program, a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks, which supports increased safety in walking and biking.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Caltrans has adopted "Toward an Active California," the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan . This document is California's first statewide plan that lays out the policies and actions that Caltrans and its partner agencies will take to achieve the department's ambitious statewide goals to double walking and triple bicycling trips by 2020.

Upcoming Events

August 30 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PT | Hosted by  Active Transportation Resource Center

September 27 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT | Hosted by  America Walks

Conferences & Summits
September 13-15, 2017 | 
October 30-November 2, 2017 | Chicago, IL | Hosted by National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)