DIY Complete Streets - Tactical Urbanism & Street Painting

Cleveland needs safe roads if we are going to see more people biking and walking. We believe that physical changes to our roadways are the best way to improve safety and promote alternative forms of transportation.

Inspired by the street painting projects in Slavic Village and Asiatown last summer, several resident groups approached Bike Cleveland interested in doing street painting projects in their neighborhood. Some applied for and received funding through Neighbor Up grants; all groups lead community engagement efforts. These projects have finally received permits from the City of Cleveland & will be installed over the next couple of months! We recognize that these projects are not geographically diverse and plan to reach more neighborhoods in 2024. Read more about each project below and sign up to volunteer here:


What is tactical urbanism?

Tactical Urbanism is all about action. Also known as DIY Urbanism or DIY Complete Streets, this approach refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to catalyze long-term change.

What is decorative street painting?

Street painting can look different depending on the project, neighborhood, or city. In some cities, street murals involve commissioned artwork similar to a wall mural. In others, paint is used to take up excess road space or to make high-visibility crosswalks. 

Projects slated for 2023 involve painted crosswalks and curb extensions

Will paint help?

We recognize that paint is not as effective as physical traffic calming, but there is still evidence that street art can improve safety. One study found that street art can reduce crashes involving pedestrians & cyclists by 50%.

Who is paying for this?

These projects were funded through a combination of Neighbor Up Community Grants and matching funds from Bike Cleveland. Some materials & supplies will come from the NOACA Street Supplies Program – a lending library of street materials for projects like this one. No tax dollars are funding this project.

Who will maintain it?

These projects are meant to be temporary with the hope that the city can include some permanent elements of traffic calming in these neighborhoods in the long-term. Still, Bike Cleveland & the resident leads will maintain these crosswalks throughout the permit period of one-year. Residents may apply for a renewal of the permit.



Site prep: Thursday 8/31 | 6pm-8pm

Painting: Saturday 9/2| 10am-2pm


Site prep: Friday 9/8 | 5pm-7pm

Street painting: Sunday 9/10 | 2pm-7pm



Site prep: Friday 9/15 | 5pm-7pm

Painting: Saturday 9/16 | 1pm-6pm