Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Berkeley
Compared to other cities, Berkeley has a high number of bicycle and pedestrian injuries. The main reason for this is because so many people walk and bike in Berkeley, not because it is a dangerous place.
When the rate of pedestrian injuries per walker (not per capita) and bicycling injuries per cyclist are considered, Berkeley ranks as the safest city in California with a population greater than 60,000 for walking and bicycling. The two charts below, generated from data from Peter Jacobsen's Safety in Numbers study, show how Berkeley compares to other California cities with respect to walking and bicycling safety.
Share the Road Bicycling Safety Tips (PDF)
Pedestrian Safety Resource Guide