Hello, we’re CityStreets. Founded by Harris Silver in 1996 as a pedestrian safety organization, putting a people-centric lens on urban transportation issues in New York City. The mission was to make our city safer and more livable by shifting the balance from moving cars through streets to safely accommodating all the people on them; we were called crazy and told that our ideas would take forever to implement. Cut to several years later, under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg, the city is on its way to being transformed and pedestrian safety is no longer a mere afterthought. It took a long time and there’s a lot more to be done, a lot! But we feel encouraged by what we helped start, and a sense of responsibility to take on something even more impossible. This time we’re putting a lens on driver behavior across the country. It’s time to put an end to a culture of careless and dangerous driving. Please watch the video introducing The DUI Project and help us begin to change the world, again.
About Our Logo
Our logo is based on the pedestrian sign that is used in Amsterdam. A city that is light years ahead of us on the issue of pedestrian safety and transportation in general. We liked it because it has an extra layer of symbolism than the pedestrian sign we use in America. Compare the two. The Symbol for a Pedestrian in New York City is a yellow reflective warning sign with a pictogram of one black man mid-stride. The symbol for a pedestrian in Holland is a blue reflective round sign with the pictogram of an adult holding a child’s hand.
Think about that for a second. What it says, what it means, and how people instinctively respond differently to the messages.
Both signs attempt to communicate the same thing, and are posted in the same context of social and legal responsibility, but the sign with the adult holding a child’s hand communicates a more urgent and universally understood message. This subtle symbolic difference should not be dismissed as an insignificant factor for pedestrian safety.
One of the many things we would like to make happen through Citystreets is the adaptation of the European Pedestrian Sign for American cities.