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Fire Safety and Safe Streets: Understanding Conflicts between Safe Streets Improvements and Emergency Response

Project Description

In this project we propose to address the following questions related to conflicts between fire departments and safe streets efforts: When and why do fire safety and street safety goals come into conflict? What institutional arrangements, design processes, and other practices are emerging to reconcile these conflicts to improve overall community safety? How might best practices for avoiding conflict and finding synergies be replicated from city to city?


The project includes four main components: 1) assembling a national Community Advisory Committee of 8-12 members from across a range of relevant areas of expertise; 2) a review of existing scholarly and gray literatures on conflicts between bike and pedestrian safety and emergency response; 3) construction of a national database of conflicts between street safety upgrades and emergency response demands from 2010 to 2024; 4) development of 3 to 5 in-depth case studies of street safety / emergency response conflicts drawing on stakeholder interviews, local media, project documentation, and public meeting records. Deliverables include: the conflict database, a research paper, and a public report.

Outputs

Conflict database: database of conflicts between street safety interventions and emergency response demands across the US in the years 2010-2024.


Research paper: one peer-reviewed research paper summarizing findings, identifying areas of common areas of conflict and tradeoffs as well as strategies for overcoming conflict.


Public report: one public-facing white paper summarizing key findings for a wider audience.

Outputs

Conflict database: database of conflicts between street safety interventions and emergency response demands across the US in the years 2010-2024.


Research paper: one peer-reviewed research paper summarizing findings, identifying areas of common areas of conflict and tradeoffs as well as strategies for overcoming conflict.


Public report: one public-facing white paper summarizing key findings for a wider audience.

Outcomes / Impacts

Our hope is that, by identifying patterns of conflict and methods for overcoming those conflicts, we will enable advocates, planners, and emergency response officials to institute better co-design processes to avoid conflicts and to resolve them effectively when they do arise.

Dates

06/01/2024 to 05/31/2025

Universities

University of California at Berkeley

Principal Investigator

Zachary Lamb

University of California at Berkeley

zlamb@berkeley.edu

ORCID: 0000-0001-6701-3728

Research Project Funding

Federal: $86,736

Contract Number

69A3552348336

Project Number

24UCB02

Research Priority

Promoting Safety

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