Haiku Safety Art Contest

Haiku Safety Art Contest- Sign examples

Thank you for participating in the haiku safety art contest. Friday, July 16th was the last day to submit your haiku poem/art piece. Winners will be announced on the Haiku contest page on Friday, July 30th.

Help the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) spread the word on pedestrian and bike safety, by submitting a safety-related haiku art piece. Selected winners will receive a Safe Routes to School and Move Forward PGH gift pack, and the grand prize winner will receive a copy of their haiku street sign and have it displayed on signs around the city! The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 16th.

Write a haiku that draws attention to the shared responsibility pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists have in keeping Pittsburgh’s streets safe.  Find inspiration in one of many Department programs including:

What is a haiku?

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry made of short, unrhymed lines that can evoke colorful imagery and short stories. Haiku can come in a variety of different formats of short verses, but the most common is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

  • The first line is 5 syllables
  • The second line is 7 syllables
  • The third line is 5 syllables

Example of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety haiku:

  • To adverse to risk (5 syllables)
  • To chance the lottery, yet (7 syllables)
  • Steps into traffic (5 syllables)

Haiku Winners!

  1. Mark Flaherty
  2. Jacob Patalive
  3. Kali Wentling
  4. Patricia Tsagaris
  5. Mary Weidner
  6. Angelo Ross
  7. Emily Persico
  8. Lori Kantor
  9. Evonne & Adrianne Henry
  10. Valarie Sullivan

Haiku Winners - Group Photo


For more information or questions, please contact: Harriet Jackson at or Cassandra Leopold at

department of Mobility & Infrastructure and MoveForwardPGH