To recognize California Pedestrian Safety Month (September), National Pedestrian Safety Month (October) and Walktober (October), SCAG celebrates Go Human’s local traffic safety efforts through its 2022 Go Human Mini-Grants Program.
Since 2017 this program has funded dozens of safety and engagement projects in Southern California. Most recently in 2022, the program supported 26 projects and events across 25 communities, in each of SCAG’s six counties. Awardees implemented a diverse range of creative projects, including street safety pop-ups, film productions, and artistic engagement strategies, among others.
The Go Human Mini-Grants aimed to build street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of people most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities, including without limitation Black, Indigenous and People of Color; people with disabilities; and frontline workers, particularly those walking and biking. The program emphasizes community-driven co-creation and community engagement.
Who are the 2022 Mini Grant Awardees?
Congratulations to all the Mini-Grant Awardees, organizations, community members and stakeholders involved in this year’s Mini-Grants.
Learn who the awardees are in this blog post, announcing and introducing the awarded projects. Read about their creative strategies and successes by reviewing the 2022 Mini-Grant reports. And finally, watch these Awardee produced videos for an even deeper dive into these incredible projects.
Here’s What the 2022 Awardees Implemented
The awardees implemented engagement strategies to develop street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of people most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities. A sample of the most common strategies used include:
- Temporary traffic safety improvements using Go Human’s Kit of Parts Lending Library;
- Public artwork such as sidewalk art, street murals and art on bus benches;
- Virtual and in-person safety educational campaigns and community workshops;
- Community events such as bike rides, festivals, open streets events, and block parties;
- Distribution of bicycles, helmets, bike lights and other safety items to build skills and awareness;
- Youth engagement activities;
- Community-led walk audits; and
- Door-to-door canvassing and surveys of local safety needs.
2022 Awardee Projects by the Numbers
Across each county and numerous communities in the SCAG region, Go Human Mini-Grants provided project funding and co-branded materials to organizations, supporting safe streets education and awareness. This program reached over 300,000 people and provided over 600 bicycle helmets with helmet fitting guides to residents.
Kit of Parts Deployments
The Go Human Kit of Parts, created as a “lending library” with materials to borrow, is used to showcase temporary safety installations in conjunction with existing or standalone community or neighborhood events. This year, partners across the region utilized the Kit of Parts in 13 temporary safety demonstrations throughout the region. Four (4) of these demonstrations were led by Mini-Grant Awardees to support their projects by temporarily showcasing safety improvements. Learn more about these demonstrations and the awardee organizations that led them:
- Arts Council for Long Beach
- Public Matters
- Central City Neighborhood Partners
- Santa Ana Active Streets
Check out the video below on the power and impact of using the Kit of Parts for demonstration projects, featuring past partners, and highlighting built projects.
Learn More & Stay Connected
An exciting season of traffic safety activities just came to a close, but Go Human resources are available for your efforts year-round! Request co-branded digital materials or reserve the Kit of Parts at no cost by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay connected by following Go Human on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @GoHumanSoCal and signing up for the Go Human newsletter.
Funding for Go Human is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).