“We bear witness to our pain and suffering to press for the elimination of fatalities and injuries on our streets. Through our stories and advocacy, we seek cultural and physical changes on our streets and the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. We envision communities where pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles safely co-exist, and children and adults can travel freely without risk of harm – where no loss of life in traffic is acceptable.”
Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets began organizing in Fall 2015, with support and guidance from The Street Trust and Oregon Walks. FFSS members make all decisions regarding their initiatives.
Darla Sturdy After her son, Aaron, was killed riding his bike across a light-rail track, Sturdy successfully fought in the Oregon Legislature for safer foot and bike crossings. Now she wants to take the cause nationwide.
Eighty crosswalks and 45 light-rail stations made safer. That’s how Darla Sturdy sums up her proudest accomplishment to date. Sturdy, a Gresham mother, and career bookkeeper, never imagined a second life as a transportation engineer, much less as a lobbyist. But this is the work she threw herself into after her boy was run over and killed by a MAX train.