Our partnership with senior advocates has been particularly fruitful as we met with Caltrans officials to discuss how best to strengthen  the design of intersections for the safety and accessibility of pedestrians in the draft Highway Design Manual. As a result, the newly released (announced at the Pedestrians Count Conference) Highway Design Manual now includes significant recommendations for improved intersection designs for pedestrian safety. In early 2012, we expanded our partnerships with senior organizations–most notably the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA)–with whom we are working to develop a community advocacy program in San José, CA (also with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County), as well as advancing a senior pedestrian bill of rights. Our San José STEPS project will focus developing a cadre of community leaders to work on pedestrian safety issues, and in early April 2012, we jointly co-sponsored a leadership training program for this group. Over the next two years, we will be advancing specific neighborhood improvements in the low-income community of East San José, as well as advancing a city-wide coalition.

Older Adult Pedestrian Safety Workshops
California Walks was selected as one of 12 national demonstration sites by the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Program. In the summer/fall of 2010, we partnered with the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County to provide four pedestrian safety workshops focused on older adults through a program offered by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. For a summary of workshop outcomes and results, please see our case study report. The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center hosts the NHTSA modules for both instructors and the courses themselves here:

This GIS map locates the four workshops, has the VideoVoice segments embedded, shows age and parks/open space in Oakland by zip code. Thanks to HealthyCity for hosting!