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"Bicycling is an environmentally sound and affordable
mode of transportation, with the potential to improve the physical and mental health of this nation while reducing traffic congestion and pollution." 


Welcome to the Community Traffic Safety Coalition (CTSC)

Whether you are a cyclist, a pedestrian, a motorist, or all three, the CTSC is for anyone who is interested in transportation safety issues in Santa Cruz County. This website will introduce you to the many CTSC programs. Come to a monthly meeting. Follow us on Facebook. Learn how you can get involved in safe and active transportation issues in your neighborhood or throughout the county.

Please click here to be redirected to the Mailchimp Newsletter platform where you can sign up to receive both newsletters. Newsletters include the CTSC and Safe Streets Saves Lives: Vision Zero Task Force Newsletters. Check your Spam box if you do not receive the monthly newsletters. Thank you for your interest!

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a new vision for traffic safety that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. The CTSC has been focused on Vision Zero since 2016, committing to making Santa Cruz County safer for all road users. Click here to read our 2017 report, The Impact of Traffic Violence On Santa Cruz County, explore interactive maps showing our high-injury corridors and other crash data, and view our current Vision Zero workplan.

Our Mission

The mission of the Community Traffic Safety Coalition is to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities for all road users, with a focus on people bicycling and walking. The CTSC envisions safe, accessible and equitable transportation for all.

About the Community Traffic Safety Coalition

The CTSC is a creative and collaborative partnership formed in 1992. Members include community organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals representing law enforcement, transportation, public works, education, health and injury prevention, parents, bicycling advocates, retailers, and manufacturers. The CTSC is staffed by employees of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA). Our programs are supported by public and private grant funding.

In 1995, the CTSC formed a group in Watsonville, now called the South County Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Group (SCBPWG) to address the unique strengths and needs in this part of the county. Both the CTSC and SCBPWG are exceptional examples of the power of collaboration to accomplish a community’s goals.

Participating CTSC Organizations

  • Bicycle Trip
  • Bike Santa Cruz County
  • Cabrillo College
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Caltrans District 5
  • Capitola Community Center
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Ecology Action
  • Fitness for Life
  • Healthy Start Resource Centers
  • Live Oak Family Resource Center
  • Local Public Works Departments
  • Local Law Enforcement Agencies
  • United Way of Santa Cruz County
  • Mission Pedestrian
  • Open Streets Santa Cruz County
  • Santa Cruz County Cycling Club
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Santa Cruz Metro Transit District
  • The Bike Church
  • The Bike Shack
  • Trips for Kids Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Santa Cruz


The CTSC and SCBPWG hold meetings every other month, usually on the first Tuesdays, according to the schedules below. The public is welcome to join us!

2020 CTSC Meetings
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

1060 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Solarium Meeting Room at the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Campus

  • February 4
  • April 7 *(Conference Call: please dial 831-454-2222 Meeting ID 655908)
  • June 2
  • August 11 (2nd Tues)
  • October 6
  • December 1



2020 Safe Streets Save Lives: Vision Zero Task Force Meetings
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

275 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Location: Upstairs Meeting Room at the
Watsonville Public Library
  • January 7
  • March 3
  • May 5 *(Conference Call: please dial 831-454-2222 Meeting ID 655908)
  • July 7
  • September 1
  • November 3


Contact Info

Community Traffic
Safety Coalition

Safe Streets Saves Lives: Vision Zero Task Force

Lauren Freeman
Phone: (831) 454-5477
Send an Email

Ride n' Stride Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program

Kithy Chavez
Phone: (831) 454-4317
Send an Email

Office Location
and Mailing Address:

1070 Emeline Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
FAX: (831) 454-5048

Bicycle Traffic School

1070 Emeline Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 454-7551
Information and Class Schedule