Safety Sign Project - Respect is Correct

  • The traffic sign created by the student artists now hangs in their school, to remind students to respect street traffic and the shared space of the road.

Project Description

Groundswell and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) designed the Traffic Safety Sign Residency Program to engage public school students in exploring traffic safety information through the creation of original street signs. Signs designed collaboratively by students at each of our partner schools are digitally rendered by Groundswell artists, fabricated by NYC DOT’s Sign Shop, and temporarily installed in local locations students identify as in need of traffic signage. Through this program, students learn how signs and symbols can work to communicate ideas and explore visual art techniques to develop graphic images. These signs then help increase safety awareness and prevent accidents in locations around each school community.  PS 186 students emphasized the importance of respect between pedestrians and vehicles when sharing the streets.They integrated what they learned about concise and effective language to create rhyming slogans for their sign in order to help their schoolmates remember the message of street safety.  

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Project Info

Location: 7601 19th AVENUE Brooklyn, NY 11214

Safety Sign Initiative

Livable Streets


PS 186
New York City Department of Transportation

Lead Artist(s):
Yana Dimitrova



Printed Metal Sign

Dimensions: 30" Diameter

Fun Facts

Suggested Activity
Think about areas in your neighborhood that may be in need of a traffic sign. Do people drive too fast near your school? Do people roll through stop signs by your house? Design a traffic safety sign that reflects traffic issues in your neighborhood.
Even when pedestrians have the right of way, it is important that they look for oncoming traffic. In 2011, half of all pedestrians killed by a moving vehicle in a crosswalk had a green light to cross.
Fun Fact
Research shows that chartreus (a green-yellow color seen in this sign) is the most noticeable color to the human eye. Yellows and greens are often used in traffic signage because these colors get people's attention easily.