Families for Safe Streets

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Get Involved
Come to a meeting of Families for Safe Streets
We meet on the second Saturday of the month at noon.
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As families who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one or been injured due to traffic violence, we stand with others with similar experiences. We welcome all survivors at our meetings. If you have not suffered a loss but are interested in supporting the fight for safe streets, please contact Transportation Alternatives and we will be sure you are added to our update list.

Families for Safe Streets is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by aggressive or reckless driving and dangerous conditions on New York City’s streets. We represent the full breadth of New York’s diversity and demand an end to traffic violence.

We bear witness to our pain and suffering to press for the elimination of fatalities and injuries on our streets. Through our stories and advocacy, we seek cultural and physical changes on our streets and the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. We envision a city where pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles safely co-exist, and children and adults can travel freely without risk of harm – where no loss of life in traffic is acceptable.

We banded together in early 2014 to turn our grief into action and were instrumental in lowering the citywide speed limit in New York City, among other critical safety initiatives.

Families for Safe Streets receives support and guidance from Transportation Alternatives – New York’s most effective advocates for walking, cycling and public transportation – though our members make all decisions regarding our initiatives.


As families whose loved ones have been killed or maimed by reckless behavior and dangerous conditions on New York City’s streets, we demand an end to traffic violence. We are parents, children, partners and siblings and represent the full breadth of New York’s diversity. As survivors, we bear witness to our pain and suffering in order to press for the elimination of fatalities and injuries. We envision a city where pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles safely co-exist and children and adults can travel freely without risk of harm -- where no loss of life in traffic is acceptable.

We have come together to turn our grief into action, so that no one else has to endure the pain we have suffered. In February of 2014, we formally announced our creation as a force for change, to make sure Vision Zero is implemented rapidly in NYC.

Take Action Today
  • Zero on Queens Boulevard:
    Street redesign is critical to preventing traffic crashes that injure and kill New Yorkers. Arterial streets—wide, multi-lane roads—comprise 15% of New York City’s street network, yet it is on these streets that more than 50% of serious injuries and deaths involving vulnerable street users, pedestrians and bicyclists, occur. Families for Safe Streets is advocating for New York City to take a bold step toward realizing Vision Zero: transform the full length of Queens Boulevard into a street with zero serious injuries and fatalities. Sign the petition today.
  • Accountability for Drivers who Injure and Kill:
    New York City will never achieve Vision Zero until there is end to the law-breaking culture of driving on New York City streets. In 2014, 291 people were killed and 69,601 were injured in traffic crashes on New York City streets. Driver behavior, most notably, speeding and failure to yield, is the root cause of the majority of crashes that injure and kill New Yorkers. Yet, violators are rarely held accountable. The New York City Police Department, the District Attorneys and the Department of Motor Vehicles have to enforce the laws, get reckless drivers off the road and hold drivers who kill and injure accountable with every tool available. It is imperative that the NYC Department of Transportation rapidly implement the 140 cameras approved by the NYS legislature.
Support
As families who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one to reckless driving in New York City, we stand with others who have had similar experiences. Email familiesforsafestreets@gmail.com for support.

Donate
Donate to support Families for Safe Streets' and T.A.’s efforts to promote rapid implementation of Vision Zero’s street safety programs including a lower speed limit, enforcement of traffic laws, street redesign, and extension of the citywide network of protected bike lanes and pedestrian spaces.