HEAL partnering with local community organizations to host screening of The Street Project: The Fight to Make our Streets Safer

Bicycling and pedestrian fatalities in the United States are skyrocketing. The National Safety Council reports that 1,260 bicyclists were killed in 2020, an increase of 16% from 2019 and an increase of 44% over the past 10 years. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just released in May, cycling fatalities rose another 5% in 2021.

On May 22, 2024 a new documentary screened at Museum London will highlight the global, citizen-led fight to make our streets safer: The Street Project. Created by the multiple Emmy-winning team at Boyd Productions, The Street Project takes viewers across the globe in an uplifting narrative, from cycling-friendly meccas in Europe, to New York City and Phoenix, Arizona – one of the most dangerous cities in America for pedestrians – for a deep dive into how America views our streets and how they can be made safer.

Four years in the making, The Street Project looks at how we got here, including the history of street use and how it has changed, what makes effective street design, how the automobile changed the way we use our streets, the misguided use of victim blaming (jaywalking), the impact of zoning laws on street transportation, and much more.

“America’s streets started out as bicycle and pedestrian friendly, however, the advent of the car-culture changed everything,” said the film’s Director/Executive Producer Jennifer Boyd. “More recently, we have experienced a reawakening of sorts, due to the massive spike in fatalities, the pandemic lockdowns that forced our communities to rethink how they use their streets, as well as the passing of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which makes the safety of all users, including cyclists and pedestrians, a priority. We created The Street Project to raise awareness that cars, pedestrians, and cyclists can coexist, and that we need to examine our history so we can create a future with better alternatives.”

The Street Project is A Boyd Productions film. Director/Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd; Producer/Writer: Lindsay Thompson; Director of Photography: Joseph Brunette; Editor/Writer: Chad Ervin; Composer: Michael Bacon, Motion Design & Animation: Rena Debortoli & George Sherman.

The HEAL is excited to partner with the City of London, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance at Western University, the London Environmental Network, London Bicycle Cafe, London Cycle Link, the Urban League of London, and the ELMO Active & Safe Routes to School Committee to bring this documentary to London. Whether you drive, bus, bike or walk (all of the above?!) — join us for an eye-opening and inspiring deep dive into our streets and how they can be made more welcoming for everyone. Film screening followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with special guests Tom Flood, Cedric Richards, and Sheryl Rooth.

Join us at Museum London Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm.

Door prizes to be won! Free bus passes will be available! Check out the Little Urban Library book selection and other fun swag on display!

Bike parking onsite and at nearby at London Bicycle Café (320 Thames St, 5 min walk)
Multiple bus routes within a block: 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 19, 20, 94, 102
Please consider car-pooling if coming by motor vehicle, lot and street parking available nearby

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