Promoting Transportation Safety Planning Through the Safety Planning Boot Camp

National Cooperative Highway Research Program


Cambridge Systematics developed a unique boot camp approach to help state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and others integrate safety into the transportation planning process. Transportation planners play an important role in safety. When people travel by personal vehicle, public transit, walking, biking, or riding, they expect to reach their destination safely. Transportation planners are the people to make that happen.

The interactive Safety Planning Boot Camp workshop provides a framework and tools for addressing safety in the long-range planning process and other planning activities. Workshop participants learn strategies for incorporating safety into the planning process; brainstorm and identify methods for better integration; and practice implementation skills.

Our Approach

  • Teach basic concepts such as the difference between safe transportation projects (any transportation project inclusive of safety benefits) and safety projects (addresses a specific safety need on the transportation network);
  • Increase understanding of the historical context of safety integration into the transportation planning process;
  • Develop a greater understanding of the transportation safety planning challenges;
  • Provide recent research results;
  • Present the seven transportation safety principles that lead to successful safety integration; and
  • Examine how and where to integrate these principles.

Project Results

The end result is greater integration of safety into the transportation planning processes. Planners use the seven transportation safety principles to collaborate with safety professionals; identify goals, objectives, and performance measures; identify available data and gaps; utilize analysis tools; establish safety as a decision factor in the prioritization process; and monitor the safety benefits of current and future infrastructure.