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

January 2019

  • Therapeutic Writing


    Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Leon Levy Information Commons Lab room, Main Floor
    New York

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    Families for Safe Streets Injury Support Community. Been injured in a crash? Join us in exploring 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. Short periods of writing will alternate with periods of discussion and optional sharing (no reading aloud or turning in of work required). As always, there will be ample time for meeting others and sharing resources too. Facilitated by psychotherapist, author, and…

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.

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.