The New York Coalition for Transportation Safety is a non-profit, statewide organization originally established in 1982 as the New York Coalition for Safety Belt Use, Inc. The Coalition was founded jointly by the Medical Society of the State of New York and the American Association for Automotive Medicine.

Initially the Coalition was a single focus group that sought to reduce motor vehicle related trauma in the State of New York by increasing the use of safety belts by motorists. In time it became apparent that many factors contribute to the complex picture that is motor vehicle injuries. We expanded our scope to include safety programs for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motorists, and changed our name to the NY Coalition for Transportation Safety to better reflect our expanded our efforts. The following list serves as a guide to the types of grant funded activities we conduct:

  •  Assembly programs for children in grades K-12

  •  Bicycle safety programs

  •  Pedestrian safety programs

  •  School bus safety programs

  •  Mature driver and pedestrian programs

  •  Bilingual (English/Spanish) programs

  •  Programs for children with special needs (conducted in concert with NY City Department of Education, District 75)

  • Classroom instruction in travel training for young people with disabilities


During its thirty-eight years of operation, the NY Coalition has received grants from federal, state, local and private agencies. Grant funds are used to develop and conduct public information and education campaigns in a variety of locales.