Friends and Families for Safe Streets

 

FFSS is working to end traffic violence in Toronto by changing laws, enforcement, street design, public attitudes and traffic culture to make our vibrant streets safer and more equitable for all road users, while supporting those who are survivors. Our members are survivors of traffic collisions and friends and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by careless drivers and dangerous conditions on Toronto's streets. We work with legislators, planners, police, transit authorities, active transportation advocates, public health professionals, and the travelling public to improve the design of our streets, the enforcement of safety laws, and the traffic culture that influences how we view serious injuries and fatalities. Our goal is to end traffic violence in Toronto.

 

Campaigns

Our three priority asks for 2017-2018 are:

  1. Get serious with penalties for dangerous driving behaviours
  2. “Speed Kills”: Reduce the speed limit in Toronto to 30km/h
  3. Language Matters: Say “Crash” Not “Accident”

Click here to learn more about our campaigns.

 

Vigils

Join Friends & Families for Safe Streets as we hold our February vigil at Mel Lastman Square in North York, followed by a wake/social with members & friends of FFSS.

Vigil: 6:00-6:20PM  |  Mel Lastman Square (south-east corner, near the trees)
Wake: 6:30-8:00PM  |  Location TBD

This month, FFSS will hold our vigil in the heart of North York, near Yonge and Sheppard. The following day, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will be voting on the future of Yonge Strreet, to rebuild it either as a safe and vibrant street for people or as a highway for cars. The choice is clear to us.

Already nine people have lost their lives on Toronto roads so far this year. FFSS vigils serve as a reminder to residents and city officials that there is an alarming need to make the streets of Toronto safer for everyone. 

If you've been affected, we invite you to bring signs calling for safe streets and photographs of your loved ones. Together we will observe a moment of silence for the victims of traffic violence in this city. Open flame is not permitted so if you would like to bring candles, please bring LED candles only.

 

Support Services

For people who have survived a collision with a vehicle, and for people who have experienced having a loved one – whether friends or family - killed or injured in a traffic crash, peer support can be an important tool in processing the complex situation they find themselves in.

We will offer support group meetings each month for adults over the age of 18.  Peer Support Group meetings are closed to the public and are solely for people bereaved through the death of a family member or friend by road violence and for those who are recovering/have recovered from traumatic injury in a collision with a vehicle.

Support Group meetings in 2018 will be held on the ​2nd Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm in a fully accessible space at Metro Hall, at 55 John St, near the King St Subway Station and King streetcar.

Upcoming Support Group meeting dates:

  • February 11, 2018  (Location: 45 St. Clair West, 3rd floor)   **Note that this is a temporary location for February's meeting only.**
  • March 11, 2018
  • April 15, 2018
  • May 13, 2018
  • June 10, 2018

Support Group Contact Information:
Email: support@ffsafestreets.ca
Phone: 416-642-9395

 

Advocacy Meetings

Our Friends and Families for Safe Streets advocacy working group meetings are held quarterly in a fully accessible space at City Hall. If you have been affected because you or a close friend or family member was killed or seriously injured by road violence, please attend a meeting to learn more.

How to get to City Hall by transit:

TTC
Subway Line 1: Walk west along Queen Street from Queen Station, or walk east along Queen St from Osgoode Station.
Streetcar/Bus: #301, #501, or #502 Queen (get off at the Queen and York Stop); #6 Bay (get off at the Bay and Queen Stop)

GO Train
Union Station. Connection to TTC or walk walk from Union Station, either above ground or using the PATH underground walkways.

For inquiries, you can email advocacy@ffsafestreets.ca or call our main contact number.

 

Media

Contact us with media requests at advocacy@ffsafestreets.ca

Media release for October 25 launch available here

Coverage:

Hundreds of pedestrian, cyclist deaths preventable, road safety group says, CTV News Toronto, Tuesday October 25 2016Victims' families band together to comabt 'road violence', Toronto Star, Tuesday October 25 2016VIDEO: New advocacy group putting 'a human face' on Toronto's deadly streets, Toronto Metro, Tuesday October 25 2016​Un nouveau regroupement veut réduire les accidents de la circulation, CBC, Mardi Octobre 25 2016AUDIO: Road Safety, CBC Metro Morning, Wednesday October 26 2016Group takes aim at 'road violence', Globe and Mail, Wednesday October 26 2016New group offers advocacy, support for safe streets, Inside Toronto, Wednesday October 26 2016Kasia Breigmann-Samson speaks to Zoomer Radio, Zoomer Radio, Thursday October 27 2016Toronto pedestrian advocates take issue with Sunnybrook Hospital's new road safety campaign, Monday October 31 2016Advocates push to change the way people talk about car ‘accidents’, Toronto Star, Monday December 12, 2016

 

 

Friends and Families for Safe Streets is supported by Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, Safe Streets: Kids at Play, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Bike Law Canada.


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