California Local Speed Management Trainings
Is your California community eager to explore and implement strategies to effectively manage speed for safety?
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Vision Zero Network (VZN), with support from the University of California, Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), are now accepting Expressions of Interest to select three California communities to participate in virtual speed management training workshops.
This series of workshops is designed to help communities in California initiate and sustain effective speed management programs to improve roadway safety for all users. The workshops are expected to cover the core elements of an effective local Speed Management Program, discussion on how those elements can be applied in the specific community, group problem-solving, and support in developing the next steps toward action.
Applicants should be California public agencies that have the desire and ability to develop and implement a Speed Management Program in their community. ITE and VZN will conduct custom-designed workshops in each of the three communities selected. Timing is planned for Spring/Summer 2021. There is no financial cost for participants. More details and answers to commonly asked questions can be found below.
Interested public agencies should apply to be considered to participate in virtual Speed Management Training Workshops by completing the linked form by January 27, 2021.
Note that there is a requirement of a letter of support from an appointed or elected official from the agency applying. And the application process is expected to take about an hour to complete. You must have or create a Google account to access the application.
Support for this project is provided by the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS).
Frequently Asked Questions
There will be 2-3 virtual workshops for a few hours each. Overall, we expect about 8 hours of workshop time, spread out over several sessions. The lead contact from the community will need to provide some additional preparation and coordination time.
There is not a predetermined number of participants. We imagine the community will suggest 12-25 participants; the final number is flexible depending on the size and needs of the community.
This depends on the makeup of the agencies and the community that applies. Including transportation professionals, public health team members, elected officials (and/or their staff), enforcement personnel, other partner agencies, and relevant advocacy organizations in your community may be valuable, as these groups have insights on speed limits and speed management strategies in your community.
Selected workshop participants will be able to contribute to shaping the agenda. Generally speaking, the workshops will focus on goal setting and creating a speed management plan and program in partnership with the participants. The aim is to set the agency up for success toward implementation upon conclusion of the workshop, so the agenda will be designed according to the community needs.
The selected workshop communities will contribute to shaping and depth of the specific content, and some modules may be similar to those shared on the ITE’s Speed Management for Safety resource hub. Elements include: speed as a safety problem, setting speed limits, measures for managing speed, and/or creating a speed management program.
By late February.
All levels of public agencies are eligible, including municipalities, counties, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
We will work with selected communities to schedule the workshops. We expect them to occur in late Spring through Summer 2021.
Communities will be selected based on a range of factors, including the level of need and interest represented in their application, as well as diversity based on geography, community size, etc.
“The Speed Management Workshop helped our team build up the up-to-date knowledge of speed management concepts, while providing the on-site communication with other professionals to share the experience. The handy reference and examples of Durham - our neighbor city - shared during the workshop are worth learning. It also provides us a wonderful opportunity to link with the hub of additional resources of speed management ‘tool box’ and get a connection with other transportation professionals for future conversation."
– Yuan Zhou, PhD., Transportation Planning Engineer, Greensboro DOT/MPO
“I was able to be a presenter on our efforts surrounding speed enforcement both at the National Vision Zero Cities conference and a Speed Management Workshop with Austin, TX via video chat. I felt these experiences were helpful both for me as well as the other presenters and participants. I am always interested to see how other agencies are addressing this problem of speed as it relates to crashes, injuries and fatalities. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate.”
– Sgt. Ty D. Engstrom, Portland Police Bureau