California & Nevada Tribal Transportation Training & Technical Assistance Program
Grant Announcement
University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer Program

Tribal Transportation Safety Assessment (T2SA) for Califomia Native American Communities. Click on the logo to visit the program website.

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SafetyAssessments can help California Native American communities identify and implement transportation safety solutions that will lead to improved safety for all users of California’s roadways – motorists, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A tailored variation of these services can provide California Native American communities with highly focused, in-depth, expert safety reviews of problem areas and specific recommendations for safety improvements within their jurisdictions, as well as on the roadways accessing their sovereign land. The technical assistance services offered by Tech Transfer and funded by Caltrans will:

1. Help Tribal governments identify potential sources of funding to make the improvements, and establish the justification to use in future grant applications.

2. Provide California Tribal governments with a reliable, respected, independent, and credible source of information that fosters collaboration between the Tribes and local engineering, public works, planning or community development, and police/sheriff departments of neighboring agencies.

The ultimate goal of this project is to help to reduce injuries and fatalities on public roadways in California that serve Native American communities. This technical assistance program contributes to the following overarching strategy and priority actions for the relevant Challenge Areas from the current California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) for 2015-2019. Below are some of the Challenge Areas:

  • Roadway Departure Strategies: Address systemic risks on non-State roads with low-cost safety countermeasures. Target highest risk jurisdictions for funding and technical assistance.
  • Intersection, Interchanges, and Other Roadway Access Strategies: Increase understanding and collaboration among transportation system owners, operators, investors, and regional agencies regarding the effect of access-related decisions on safety and overall system performance.
  • Speeding & Aggressive Driving Strategies: Increase use of technology and engineering methods to reduce speeding and other forms of aggressive driving.
  • Pedestrians Strategies: Improve the safety of pedestrian crossings by using proven effective countermeasures. Increase pedestrian safety-focused coordination among State, regional, and local agencies including on transportation planning and land use efforts.
  • Bicycling Strategies: Improve roadway and bikeway planning, design, operations, and connectivity to enhance bicycling safety and mobility to all destinations. Develop safe, direct, and connected routes for bicycling.

To view the complete Project Description click here

Announcing the Roadway Departure Safety Workshop Series for Tribal Communities in California 

A “roadway departure crash” is defined as a “non-intersection crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled way.”

Many behavioral, environmental, and roadway infrastructure factors contribute to roadway departure crashes.  We believe that California tribal communities experience a large number of such events but data about the contributing factors is lacking.  As data becomes available to substantiate the number of collisions and crash factors on and near tribal roadways, it is important for tribes to be able to know the resources that are available to them to help them compete for funding and to select and implement safety measures that can be initiated quickly, cost-effectively and in alignment with state and national transportation safety initiatives. 

The Roadway Departure Safety Workshop Series is designed for tribal leaders, transportation personnel and community members who will learn about the causes of roadway departure crashes and the use of High Friction Surface Treatments, Safety Edge and other proven countermeasures and initiatives for reducing roadway departure crashes.  The Workshops will include presentations on the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), a web-based tool the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has implemented within the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center at the University of California at Berkeley (SafeTREC) to help local agencies prepare their own analysis of high crash corridors, make proactive assessments of low-cost systemic countermeasures and apply for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.

This workshop is funded by the FHWA - Accelerating Safety Activities Program and coordinated by the Western TTAP administered by the National Indian Justice Center.To view all the materials from the November 2015 workshop click here.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States. To go to the website click here.

New online tutorials are available to help you learn to use the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS™) more effectively. The tutorials assist users with navigation, searching, sorting and report generation through practice questions and sample reports, and they now feature American Indian/Alaska Native examples.
online tutorial includes lessons on:

    • Fatal Injury Reports,
    • Fatal Injury Mapping,
    • Leading Causes of Death, and
    • Years of Potential Life Lost.

U.S.DOT-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Monday Matinee-YouTube Video
Road Safety Audits: Improved Safety Saves Lives
This video showcases the Road Safety Audit. Have you ever watched one of those television crime dramas like "CSI," "Law and Order," or "The Closer" where a team of experts go over a crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, finding the most minute pieces of evidence to reveal exactly what happened...and why?

Subscribe to the NIJC Podcast Channel on iTunes!

The National Indian Justice Center has developed a podcast channel available through iTunes. Open iTunes, click on iTunes Store, click on Podcasts, search for National Indian Justice Center and subscribe to our podcast channel or individual episodes for free. Subscribers may view existing podcasts and will receive future podcasts automatically.

Pedestrian Safety Audit Podcastsand Curricula

The PSA Podcasts are approximately 5 minutes in length. The first podcast provides an overview of the steps in conducting a pedestrian safety audit (PSA) as well as profiling a PSA conducted at the LaJolla Indian Reservation in partnership with PedSafe, Caltrans and FHWA. This important information is part of an online curriculum that may be accessed by e-mailing and requesting a username and password to access the online course.

It's Up to All of Us

“It’s Up to All of Us” is a creative new public education campaign that seeks to reduce pedestrian injury and death. Campaign materials are available free of charge and include a series of 18 media templates. Materials can be used “as is” or customized to address local needs. The National Justice Center has adapted some of the campaign templates to include tribal and culturally relevant graphics and text. “It’s Up to All of Us” is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through a collaborative project with the Pedestrian Safety Program of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The campaign draws on CDPH’s longstanding work in the use of public education campaigns to influence individual and community behavior through norm change -- an approach that is well proven in public health and has contributed to reduced tobacco use, better control of disease transmission, improved cancer screening, and better dietary habits. “It’s Up to All of Us” is one of several services and supports offered by CDPH’s Pedestrian Safety Program and grows directly out of CDPH’s work with communities across the state. In 2009, CDPH produced a comprehensive workbook, “Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response and Change” (available below) which provides communities with a “how to guide” for applying risk communication and norm change principles and practices to pedestrian safety. In 2010-2011, CDPH conducted workbook trainings – and used that training – to inform the development of “It’s Up to All of Us.” It’s up to all of us to make a difference.

It's Up to All of Us

Visit CDPH's It's Up to All of Us website to download the campaign Template Materials (available in Spanish and Bilingual forms as well).

Link to the California Department of Public Health PedSafe Program website.

It's Up to All of Us campaign template materials adapted for tribal communities and organizations.

Link to the Workbook Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response & Change (pedestrian safety messaging curriculum).

Link to the NIJC workshop handout showing how tribes may use the steps outlined in the safety messaging portion of the curriculum to improve pedestrian safety in their communities. (Powerpoint File) (PDF File)

Link to the Native Child and Youth Pedestrian Safety in California Fact Sheet.

Link to NIJC's Survey of Tribal Communities and Organizations (regarding culturally relevant secondary-messages pertaining to pedestrian safety for potentially tailoring the It's Up to All of Us educational templates for California tribes).

Link to the new Podcast describing how tribes may use the steps outlined in the safety messaging portion of the curriculum to improve pedestrian safety in their communities. (iTunes Podcast), (MP4 format) or (WMV format).

Evaluating Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Western Michigan University - The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of new pedestrian countermeasure installations on pedestrian safety to assist in informing future pedestrian safety initiatives.

Safe Journeys: Tribal Road Safety Audits

The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) will partner with experts from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to create educational resources for California tribal communities to provide them with guidelines and processes for conducting Road Safety Audits (RSA).  FHWA demonstrates how to conduct an effective RSA in a training video that is designed to cultivate other trainers within tribal communities.  A companion online course has been developed to reinforce information and concepts from the video and to foster better awareness among tribal community members of the benefits of RSAs for increasing roadway multi-modal safety. NIJC produced a video and online course using its permanent staff and involving the FHWA and tribal transportation safety experts as informants. To access these resources, go to the Safe Journeys webpage at

As part of this project, NIJC will conduct a survey of California Tribal Communities about their interest in and experience with road safety audits. To take the survey, please click the link below:

Highway Work Zone Safety on Tribal Lands

This course addresses the need for tribal leaders (employers) and tribal transportation personnel (employees) in California and Nevada to develop competency in OSHA and state standards and requirements and be better able to recognize hazards and integrate work zone safety considerations in planning, managing, and field operation of roadway/highway construction projects on tribal lands. This material was produced under grant SH-17819-08-60-F-6 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


(The CD Rom is a collection of handouts and informational materials available from NIJC, please contact us for your order.)

Bison on the road
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