Families for Safe Streets

FSS members at a rally


As individuals who have lost loved ones or been injured in traffic crashes, we give New Yorkers the opportunity to receive support services and channel their grief into action.

We bear witness to our pain and suffering in order to eliminate fatalities and injuries on our streets. We seek to make it socially unacceptable to drive recklessly and press for solutions to prevent other loved ones from enduring injury or harm. We envision a city where pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles safely co-exist by encouraging the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. We encourage others to join our advocacy work.

We gain strength from the emotional support we share from each other’s experiences because traffic crashes can be unimaginably difficult. We offer a wide range of support services because no one should have to endure this alone. Also, building upon our collective knowledge, we created a resource guide to help others through this painful and complex process. Our Peer Support and Resource Guide can assist you.

We came together in 2014 as a project of Transportation Alternatives and build on TransAlt’s longstanding commitment to amplify the voices of people affected by traffic crashes.

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Families for Safe Streets Events

June 2019

  • Wellness Retreat Night


    The New York Open Center
    New York

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    Families for Safe Streets Injury and Loss Support Community.  Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic crash? We hope you'll join us for an evening of well-deserved pampering.  Nourish your mind, body and spirit with an array of wellness practitioners -- and share snacks, stories, resources and more with members of Families for Safe Streets. Ideal for first-timers and long-time members. We hope you can join us! Located at the New York Open Center 22 E. 30th Street New York, NY 10016 *this event is not affiliated with the Open Center
  • Post-Crash Justice & Accountability…


    111 John Street
    New York

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    Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a crash? Please join us for a discussion with Brooklyn College and criminal justice expert Alex Vitale on what it means to achieve justice after a crash. We will also be holding elections for new FSS Steering Committee members.  

July 2019

  • Drumming thru Trauma


    111 John Street, Suite 260 (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Injury and Loss Support Community.  Have you been injured or lost a loved one in an traffic crash (recently or long ago)?  Did you know that drumming can reduce tension, stress and anxiety?  Some say it can even help control chronic pain and boost the immune system!  Join us for this hands-on workshop where together we will explore drumming as a therapeutic tool for personal transformation, community building and joy!  No music or drumming experience necessary.

August 2019

  • Picnic in the Park


    A NYC Park TBD (weather permitting)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Injury and Loss Support Community.  Have you been injured or lost a family member in a crash?  If so, you surely know that life's not always a picnic.  All the more reason for us to come together as a community .... and have a summer picnic!  We'll meet in a NYC Park (TBD), surrounded by nature's wonder.  Bring your blankets, sheets, chairs, food, drinks, family, games and more - or just bring yourself!  

September 2019

  • Nature and Mindfulness


    111 John Street, Suite 260 (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Injury Support Community.  Have you been injured in a traffic crash?  Some days feel great and others not so much?  Join us for a social evening with other crash survivors coupled by an experiential workshop where Mother Nature will nurture us with her many gifts.  We will explore the power of nature and mindfulness for enhancing our self care practices.

October 2019

  • Healing Through Movement


    111 John Street, Suite 260 (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Loss Support Community.  Have you lost a loved one in a traffic crash?  Whether you're someone who loves to dance or can't can't stand the thought of busting a move in front of others, this workshop is for you!  Join us for an opportunity to meet and chat with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, recently and long ago.  Together we'll explore the benefits of movement as a holistic approach to healing, based on the theory that mind, body, and spirit are inseparable and interconnected. No experience necessary.