Streets Are For Everyone Fundraiser
To Support SAFE’s Programs
With the holiday season upon us, we are reminded of the joy of spending time with loved ones. We gather to share meals, exchange gifts, and create lasting memories. But amidst the festive spirit, let’s not overlook the safety concerns that arise on our bustling streets.
In California, the holiday season brings a surge in traffic, increasing the risk of collisions and posing a grave threat to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. According to the California Highway Patrol, 310 motor vehicle traffic fatalities occurred during the 2022 holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s). This represents a 12.5% increase from the 278 fatalities recorded during the 2021 holiday season.
This holiday season, join Streets Are For Everyone in our mission to make California streets safer for everyone. Together, we can make a difference!
Donate to enter SAFE’s giveaway to win amazing prizes or donate directly to SAFE’s programs.
Win Incredible Prizes:
- Two-Night Staycation at the Westin Hotel Pasadena
- 2 Knotts Berry Farm Admission Tickets
- 2 Santa Monica Pier Pacific Park All Day Unlimited Rides.
- 2 Two-Month Curves Fitness Membership
Funds raised from this campaign will be used to support SAFE’s programs:
- SAFE Support: free support for those who need a helping hand after a traffic collision or for family members who have lost a loved one due to traffic violence.
- Legislative Advocacy: supporting sensible legislation to make our roads safer and educating legislators on policies that could harm vulnerable road users.
- Advocacy & Activism: improving our streets takes an army of activists and advocates to change minds and roads to make them safer, especially when elected officials think the status quo on our streets is acceptable.
- Streets, Art, SAFE Film Competition: a unique high school film competition where Hollywood filmmakers help mentor students to make creative and impinging road safety public service announcements.
- Research, Documentation, and Reporting: holding elected officials accountable for safer roads and changing their minds requires work to research, document, and report on road safety inequities.
- Faith for SAFE Streets: a coalition of faith leaders passionate about road safety issues in their communities and who fight for change through their congregations and with elected officials.
SAFE is getting it done! This year alone, SAFE reached over 900 million people through its advocacy, media, hard-hitting reports, research, and PR work. Here are just a few examples of SAFE’s recent accomplishments:
- We successfully lobbied for the passage of AB 645, which allows California to use speed cameras in a pilot program in six cities, including Los Angeles, Glendale, and Long Beach. AB 645 has the strongest equity and privacy protections of any speed camera legislation in the United States.
- We co-sponsored two bills (including AB 645) and supported 12 other bills. Nine of these bills were passed into law, and we successfully opposed one bill that would have made our roads more dangerous.
- In 2023, we expanded the reach of our Streets, Art, SAFE Film Competition from Los Angeles County to five counties in Southern California, reaching even more schools and students with messages about responsible driving, biking, and walking.
- We launched a campaign to raise awareness of the need to reduce speeding, which has reached over 1 billion impressions in the media so far.
- As part of the campaign against speeding, we launched the Ghost Tires initiative — a roadside memorial for those who have been struck and killed by speeding drivers, with the message of the deadly consequences of speeding and the need to slow down, reaching millions across California and the United States.
- SAFE Support, our program providing support to victims of traumatic traffic collisions, has continued throughout the year, helping numerous people through the recovery process after such collisions turn their world on its head.
- SAFE, working with the County of Los Angeles, is well in progress on the community outreach needed to update the Bicycle Master Plan to create an improved bicycle network across the county.
- After the horrific tragedy of 4 Pepperdine students being hit and killed by a speeding driver on the Pacific Coast Highway, SAFE has been working with the community as part of the group Fix PCH to bring about real, tangible change by Caltrans. We are working to hold Caltrans accountable and will not stop until that change has been made.
- The Clean Ride Crew was born this year! In collaboration with People Powered Media, this volunteer group seeks input on the bike lanes most in need of cleaning and mobilizes to these areas. Thanksgiving morning saw us cleaning the Venice Blvd bike path!
This Holiday season, please consider donating to SAFE. Your donation will help us to make our streets safer for everyone. Together, we can make a difference!