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.

Join us for World Day of Remembrance and Sermons for Safe Streets - sermonsforsafestreets.org.

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Families for Safe Streets Events

November 2018

  • Sermons for Safe Streets


    Places of workshop citywide - all weekend
    New York

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    SERMONSFORSAFESTREETS.ORG Join religious leaders of every faith in every borough on the weekend of November 16 - 18 to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Imagine if all peoples and all religions come together as one, to pray for a day when there are no more senseless deaths and injuries due to reckless driving. All faith leaders can use their pulpits, prayers and programming to remind communities it is up to each and every one of us to make sure this happens, that we are all responsible for each other and must: slow down pay attention and  support solutions…
  • World Day of Remembrance


    Brooklyn Borough Hall
    New York

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    Join Families for Safe Streets as we remember those killed and seriously injured in traffic crashes in NYC, the United States and around the globe.  Roads have stories: Together we mourn, together we remember and together we demand solutions that save lives.

December 2018

  • Healing Sound Bath


    111 John Street, 2nd Fl (subject to change)
    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?  Let's join together before the winter chill sets in and the holiday bells start ringing.  Relish in this unique opportunity to be immersed in beautiful sounds - and learn how sound can be an important relaxation and healing technique for our minds, bodies, and souls. As always, we'll have ample time for meeting new members, chatting about resources and sharing support, especially before the holiday season. Healing Sound Bath by local sound practitioner Samer Ghadry. 

January 2019

  • Therapeutic Writing


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

    Families for Safe Streets Injury Support Community. Been injured in a crash? Join us for a facilitated workshop as we explore writing as a powerful tool for healing.  Not a writer? This evening is meant for you too!  No writing experience necessary and exercises can be done in whatever language you prefer.  Appropriate whether your crash was recent or long ago. 

February 2019

  • Creating Meaning After Loss


    111 John Street, 2nd Fl (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Loss Support Community. Have you lost a loved one in a traffic crash?  For many people, the aftermath of losing a loved one can bring moments (or months, maybe even years) of confusion, depression, anxiety and hopelessness.  Whether our losses were recent or long ago, we gain tremendous strength and power from each other. Join us for this facilitated workshop where we will explore re-experiencing joy and meaning after loss and trauma. 

March 2019

  • Wellness Retreat Night


    111 John Street, 2nd Fl (subject to change)
    New York

    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.  Featuring an array of wellness practitioners.   

April 2019

  • Post Crash Body and Mind


    111 John Street, 2nd Fl (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Injury Support Community.  Have you been injured in a traffic crash? Ever find yourself referring to life BC (before crash) and PC (post crash)?  Please join us for a facilitated workshop addressing this major life event, including guidance, tips and resources.  Appropriate whether your crash was recent or long ago. 

May 2019

  • Nature and Mindfulness


    Outdoor location TBD (weather permitting)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Loss Support Community.  Have you lost a loved one in a traffic crash?  Re-experiencing joy after loss and trauma isn't always easy.  Join us for this experiential workshop where Mother Nature will nurture us with her many gifts.  We will explore the power of nature and mindfulness as we strive to honor our loved ones' memories and maintain our own self care.  

June 2019

  • Activism as a Way of Healing


    111 John Street, 2nd Fl (subject to change)
    New York

    Families for Safe Streets Injury and Loss Support Community.  Have you been injured or lost a family member in a traffic crash?  Do you agree.... it's about time we stop having to welcome new members to this community?  That it's time for our streets to be designed for people? And that reckless drivers who injure and kill pedestrians, cyclists and others should be held accountable?  Turning anger, frustration and grief into action is not just a healing tool - it can truly make our streets safer. Join us for this chock-full presentation and hands-on workshop to learn about and become active in…

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.