The Sunland-Tujunga Independence Day Parade Wednesday included a float seeking to make safer Foothill Boulevard, where the parade was held.
The float, #GetHomeSafe, was entered by the nonprofit organization Streets Are For Everyone, which seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities.
The float was financed by a grant from Southern California Association of Governments and the California Office of Traffic Safety, according to Damian Kevitt, the executive director of Streets Are For Everyone.
Kevitt founded the organization after he was hit by a car while bicycling in Griffith Park in 2013, causing his right leg to be amputated.
In the past two years, 14 people were killed on or near the stretch of Foothill Boulevard the parade is held on, making it one of Los Angeles’ most dangerous streets, Kevitt said. Four of the fatalities occurred in April, according to Kevitt.
“I know people who now refuse to even use Foothill Boulevard because it’s so dangerous,” said Jennifer Knopp, whose husband Jeff was killed while cycling on Foothill Boulevard on Nov. 1, 2016. “That’s when you know something needs to change.”