Street Story is a tool that creates a way to share your input once – your comments will be saved over time, and can be used by any agency or planning process – whether it’s Caltrans, City of Redding, Shasta Lake, or Anderson, Shasta County, or a consultant group or researchers.
Make your comment once – your input is saved for future safety and access considerations
Share stories about where you’ve been in a crash or near miss, or where you feel safe or unsafe traveling using our Street Story tool.
You can also share with us your story by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Story features a survey where people can record travel experiences. Once a record has been entered, the information is publicly accessible on the website with maps and tables that can be downloaded.
The data will be available for years to come to help develop local projects and transportation improvements – for use by any and all planners looking to identify safety issues and community hopes for improved access for walking, biking, and transit.
The program was created by a team of city planners, public health professionals, engineers, social welfare experts and computer scientists at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center. SafeTREC continually evaluates how it is used and exploring what changes may need to be made to strengthen it.
Street Story can be used in any city or county in California.
Street Story FAQ
What is Street Story?
Street Story is a community engagement tool where individuals can anonymously report collisions, near-misses and places they feel safe or unsafe. Organizations can use the tool as qualitative data for transportation safety advocacy, outreach, education, planning and evaluation.
Street Story is not a substitute for reporting collisions to the police.
Street Story is a community engagement tool that allows residents, community groups and agencies to collect information about transportation collisions, near-misses, general hazards and safe locations to travel. To promote access to the tool, SafeTREC conducts technical assistance with communities and organizations on using Street Story. Street Story is free to use and publicly accessible.
Community organizations and agencies can use this information as part of qualitative information gathering approaches for local needs assessments, transportation safety planning efforts, safety programs and project proposals.
Why Street Story?
Stories can provide rich and important qualitative information about transportation safety issues that we may not be able to learn about from traditional data sources.
Street Story allows individuals to record narratives, geographical and categorical information about their transportation experiences, and then stores this information in publicly accessible maps and tables. Entries can be easily recorded and shared with community partners.
How was Street Story created?
SafeTREC researchers recognized that community members have a wealth of information about transportation safety. Street Story is designed to help residents and community organizations record and understand this kind of information. Street Story was created with significant input from members of the public, community organizations, city and county agencies, and industry experts.
How will the information be used?
The information collected on Street Story is publicly accessible, and is designed to be used as qualitative input for transportation safety needs assessments, program development, grant writing, planning efforts, evaluations, etc. SafeTREC may use the data for transportation safety research.
Is Street Story available in multiple languages?
The online version of Street Story is currently only available in English. A paper version of Street Story is available in Spanish. SafeTREC hopes to create an online version of Street Story in Spanish.