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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Published on April 20, 2020. Last modified on June 23, 2020

Program Overview


Active Transportation Program (ATP)


California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)

 ATP encourages increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

  • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking
  • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users
  • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals, pursuant to SB 375 (of 2008) and SB 341 (of 2009)
  • Enhance public health
  • Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

To learn more on ATP click here. 

The OTS mission is to effectively administer traffic safety grants that deliver innovative programs and eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries on California roadways. 

OTS Program Areas:

  • Alcohol-Impaired Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Drug-Impaired Driving
  • Occupant Protection
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
  • Traffic Records and Roadway Safety
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Police Traffic Services
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Public Awareness and Education

To visit the OTS website click here.




Poster Contest at Oak Avenue Elementary in Greenfield


Walk N'Roll Day at La Gloria Elementary in Gonzales



Safe Routes to School 

One of the programs utilized to increase active transportation and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety is Safe Routes to School (SRTS).  SRTS has a focus of 6 E's that summarize the key components of a comprehensive, integrated approach. The six Es framework includes: 

E's  Framework Activities 
 Education  Providing students and the community with the skills to walk and bicycle safely, educating them about benefits of walking and bicycling, and teaching them about the broad range of transportation choices.
  • Class Presentations
  • Presentations to parents
  • Attend community events
  • Open House/Back to School
  • Safe Route plotting 
 Encouragement  Generating enthusiasm and increased walking and bicycling for students through events, activities, and programs. 
  • Walk to School Days
  • Walking School Bus
  • Walk N'Roll Events
  • Contests
Engineering  Creating physical improvements to streets and neighborhoods that make walking and bicycling safer, more comfortable, and more convenient.  
  • Partner with city and county Public Works Departments for:
    • Sidewalks
    • ADA Ramps
    • Flashing Beacons
    • Bike Lanes
    • Visible Crosswalks
Engagement Listening to students, families, teachers, and school leaders and working with existing community organizations, and build intentional, ongoing engagement opportunities into the program structure.
  • Presentations to parents
  • Presentations to community
  • Presentations to school staff and administration
  • Participate at community events
  • Partner with local agencies
 Evaluation  Assessing which approaches are more or less successful, ensuring that programs and initiatives are supporting equitable outcomes, and identifying unintended consequences or opportunities to improve the effectiveness of each approach. 
  • Conduct Surveys such as:
    • Walkability Checklist
    • Parent Surveys
    • Observational Surveys for helmet usage, pedestrian and bicycle behavior
  • Student Tallies
  • Walking Audits
Equity Ensuring that safe Routes to School initiatives are benefiting all demographic groups, with particular attention on ensuring safe, healthy, and fair outcomes for low-income students, students of color, students of all genders, students with disabilities, and others. 
  • Apply for grants such as:
    • Office of Traffic Safety
    • Active Transportation Program
  • Partner with cities to provide education component
  • Work with school districts



Current Projects

 Current Grants and Partners  Life of Grant  City and School of Service

Active Transportation Program

Cycle 3:

Project Description: 

 2 years 


  • City of Salinas
    • Fremont Elementary
    • El Sausal Middle School
  • City of Gonzales
    • La Gloria Elementary
    • Fairview Middle School
  • City of Soledad
    • Main Street Middle School
  • City of Greenfield
    • Oak Avenue Elementary
    • Vista Verde Middle School
  • City of King
    • Del Rey Elementary

Active Transportation Program Cycle 4: Every Child Grant

Project Description: Install twelve (12) traffic gardens countywide in coordination with start-up safe routes to school evaluation, education, encouragement and enforcement activities at schools. 

Partners: Transportation Agency for Monterey County & Monterey County Health Department

 3 Years 


  • City of Salinas
    • Kammann Elementary
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy
  • City of Gonzales
    • La Gloria Elementary
  • City of Soledad
    • Gabilan Elementary
  • City of Greenfield
    • Oak Avenue Elementary
  • City of Marina
    • Crumpton Elementary
  • City of Seaside
    • Ord Terrace Elementary
    • Del Rey Woods Elementary
  • City of Monterey
    • Bay View Academy
  • North County
    • Castroville Elementary
    • Prunedale Elementary
    • Pajaro Park
  • City of King
    • San Antonio Park
 California Office of Traffic Safety 

1 Year 


  • City of Soledad
    • Rose Ferrero Elementary
    • Jack Franscioni Elementary
    • Frank Ledesma Elementary
  • City of Greenfield
    • Cesar Chavez Elementary
    • Mary Chapa Academy Elementary




Potential Future Projects: 

Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 Applications:

  • Resource Management Agency - Public Works
    • Castroville
    • Chualar, San Ardo, San Lucas
  • Transportation Agency for Monterey County
    • Marina
    • Seaside
  • City of King




 Surveys  Children   Parents
  •  Walkability Checklist
  • Parent Survey
  • Student Tally Sheet
  • OTS Activity Book
  • OTS Crossword Puzzle
  •  OTS Infographic




Contact Information:


Jessica Perez - Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator

Email: perezj7@co.monterey.ca.us

Phone: 831-755-8975

 Janet Vaughan - Health Program Coordinator

Email: vaughanJC@co.monterey.ca.us

Phone: 831-796-2866 


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