Public Outreach, Engagement, & Publicity

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The City of Davis promotes safe and active transportation in a variety of formats, including education campaigns, public media, and special programs and publicity opportunities. Here are some examples:

We use public education to build awareness, provide safety tips, and remind us all to take responsibility for our actions on the road so our streets, bike ways, and highways are safer and friendlier for everyone who uses them. We are always working on new and innovative ways to increase active transportation! Below are some of our ongoing campaigns and events, stay tuned for updates and check out our main-page for more information! 


Poster Contest

Aspiring artists showed off their Street Smarts in the City of Davis Street Smarts Poster Contest – Pollution Solutions. Elementary school students were asked to create original artwork illustrating the importance of proper helmet use, safe bicycle riding, crossing the street safely, and safe driving—including awareness about distracted driving and the dangers of talking or texting while on the road. Continuing with the success of previous art shows, all entries in the contest were on display in an exhibit at the Davis Arts Center. Some entries were even chosen to be made into posters and displayed at bus stops around Davis! For more information, including lists of finalists and winners, check out our Contests page. Keep tuned for this program to happen again in 2017!Poster Contest Artwork

Bus Stop Shelter Program

In 2013 Street Smarts replaced all of our old bus shelter posters with a brand new set of graphics and messages.These were created with winning artwork from our elementary school traffic safety poster contest, in partnership with students in the UC Davis Department of Design. We are pleased to have the support of both Unitrans and Davis Downtown in making this new educational safety messaging available in bus stops and downtown business locations throughout Davis.

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School Zone Banners

Slow down and keep an eye out for students near school zones. Street Smarts banners remind parents and other drivers to proceed with caution when they are driving or riding near schools. Whimsical artwork by student artists Esther Sun and Ella Obegi is featured on the banners, designed by 2407graphics.




StreetSmarts has bookmarks! 8 new bookmarks were designed by local graphic design firm 2407graphics using winning artwork from our elementary school traffic safety poster contest. The fun new designs promote some our most important safety messages like wearing a helmet, paying attention, and never using your phone on the road. Student artists whose great artwork is featured include: Zachary Hoblit, Nu Ri Lee, Ella Obegi, Arianna Rosenberg , Arami Colman , Rachel Fort , Liam O’Neill, and Margo Fenton. Bookmarks are available for your school or event. Please contact us at 530-757-5640 if you are interested in distributing them.


These articles are a great source of information to learn about programs and activities organized by the City of Davis and our partners.These articles are primarily from the Davis Enterprise, the California Aggie, Cool Davis, and other nonprofit and research organizations. 

If you are a journalist and recently wrote a piece that features us or our work, please let us know here!