A shared goal
We all want safer streets
“I do the wave because it’s a very good way to make sure motorists know that I’m there” – Tyson
On a path to stop avoidable roadway crashes
RI Waves is a public awareness campaign working to encourage all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, and others – to acknowledge one another with a wave. Waving is a simple exchange and confirmation that we notice each other before proceeding or crossing – so we can all get to wherever we are going safely.
How we got here
The origins of RI Waves started with our introduction of Newport Waves in 2015. Our message was simple: to encourage all road users to stop, look, and wave at intersections.
We hit the streets with a grassroots campaign consisting of banners, posters, and video. We mobilized community partners–from businesses to non-profits and public officials.
Building on the success of Newport Waves, and with the support of Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we’re bringing this critical – and friendly! – message statewide.
We can make huge strides toward reaching more people and encouraging all road users to stop, look, and wave.
I see you
Do you see me?
Work. School. Errands. No matter the reason, we all have places to be. Let’s make sure we get there safely.
RI Waves is spreading the message that we can prevent avoidable roadway crashes together. When we cross paths, let’s leave nothing to chance.
Stop. Look. Wave.
Okay, good to go.
Why we wave
“I do the wave generally at pedestrian crossings to make sure that they see me and to let them know that I see them, too.” – Graham
“I wave at every single intersection. I ride my bike often. Waving is kind of saying, ‘You see me, and I see you.’ It’s an important step in safety.” – Regina