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.
The Art of Distraction Campaign
In 2018, Friends and Families for Safe Streets partnered with the City of Toronto on “The Art of Distraction”, a series of stories and installations intended to remind drivers to pay attention behind the wheel. We hope this campaign can provide some purpose to our senseless losses.
As difficult as it is to bring memories of our loss to the forefront, we hope the audience for Art of Distraction will find it difficult to look away and ignore the campaign’s message. Although there will never be justice for the victims of crashes and their families, the Art of Distraction takes an important step towards doing justice to our experiences of road violence.
Installations invited passersby to consider the devastating impacts of distracted driving. You can view the stories and installations on the City of Toronto's Vision Zero Education Campaigns page.
Our Friends and Families for Safe Streets advocacy working group meetings are held periodically in a fully accessible space. 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 [email protected] or call our main contact number.
We do not have any Advocacy Meetings coming up at this time. Check our Facebook page for updates.
Position Statements and Open Letters
July 15, 2019, To save lives, we need a 40 km/h speed limit on arterial roads. Read the statement