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Pedestrian and bicycle safety visualization tool in Chula Vista, California

Location: Chula Vista, California

Active transportation to school is highly associated to provide numerous physical and mental health benefits for children. Given the rising rate of obesity in children, waling, and cycling to school can provide their daily recommended dose of exercise.

The City of Chula Vista is the second most populated city in San Diego County, and home to approximately 278,000 people, 25% of which are children under eighteen. Traffic accidents are the 4th most common cause of death in the United States. As a result, identifying safe routes for walking and cycling to school can be a key mechanism to enhance active transportation. An interactive dashboard was developed to identify and visualize the contributing factors to bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and deaths in the City of Chula Vista.

The project is part of a larger initiative led by PI, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez, Co-PI’s Dr. Arash Jahangiri, Dr. Sahar Ghanipoor-Machiani, and Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, and Researchers Bita Etaati and Christian Mejia.

Bita Etaati is a Master of Science in Big Data Analytics Student in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. Funded by Safe-D National – University Transportation Centers Program in collaboration with San Diego State University, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech.




Dr. Gabriela Fernandez
Graduate Course
Smart Cities and Sustainability. Data Science Methods for Smart City Applications
Master of Science in Big Data Analytics Program,
Department of Geography, College of Arts and Letters, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, Spring 2022
Schedule Number #20470