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.
The 2018 municipal election presents a critical opportunity for our leaders to commit to putting the safety of our loved ones first.
In June 2018, we launched #BuildtheVisionTO, as part of a coalition of road safety advocates including TCAT, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, and 880 Cities. This campaign is all about building streets where people of all ages and abilities can get around actively, sustainably and safely. To that end, we have laid out 15 priorities that we demand from our elected officials to make safe and active streets for all. From reducing speed limits city-wide to designing for traffic calming, the strategies have been tried and tested in cities around the world - now, we need action in Toronto. Here are our three priorities:
- Implement a city-wide default speed limit of 30km/h on all residential streets and 40km/h on all arterial and collector roads.
- Substantially increase the use of automated safety cameras for speeding and red-light running
- Match New York City's per-capita funding for Toronto's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- Find out more about our three asks.
- Review the #BuildTheVisionTO Call to Action
- Share the #BuildTheVisionTO One-Pager
- Want to see a network of safe cycling infrastructure across Toronto? Sign the pledge to #BuildtheGrid.
- Ask your candidates: Will they work to reduce traffic speeds and red-light-running and properly fund the Vision Zero road safety plan so we can redesign our streets for safety?
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 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:
- August 12, 2018
- September 9, 2018
- October 14, 2018
- November 11, 2018
- December 9, 2018
Our Friends and Families for Safe Streets advocacy working group meetings are held periodically 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.
For inquiries, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main contact number.
We do not have any Advocacy Meetings coming up at this time. Check our Facebook page for updates.
Join Friends & Families for Safe Streets as we periodically hold vigils to recognize people killed due to road violence.
We do not have any vigils coming up at this time. Check our Facebook page for updates.
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The latest coverage
Drivers vs. cyclists - who's at fault? New study reveals who Canadians blame for road dangers, CBC News, June 28, 2018
‘People are fed up’: Coalition aims to make road safety a major Toronto election issue, Toronto Star, June 19, 2018
Toronto Mayor John Tory vows more funding for road safety after wave of traffic deaths, Globe and Mail, June 15, 2018
‘It’s time to declare a state of emergency’: Anger, calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets, Toronto Star, June 13, 2018
Die-in at City Hall for Safe Streets, Dandyhorse, March 27, 2018
Toronto council to vote on potential changes to Yonge Street in North York, Global News, March 27, 2018
Background: our three priorities
- Get serious with penalties for dangerous driving behaviours
- “Speed Kills”: Reduce the speed limit in Toronto to 30km/h
- Language Matters: Say “Crash” Not “Accident”
Click here to learn more about our three priorities.