Haiku Safety Art Contest

Haiku Safety Art Contest- Sign examples

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 Submission

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

department of Mobility & Infrastructure and MoveForwardPGH