May Step of the Month: Get Your Bike Back!
May is a great month to dust off your 10-speed, and use it to get to school, to get to work, to get to all the wonderful events around the County, and to Get Your GreenBack!
Come out Sunday, May 5th for Streets Alive! Walk, bike, roll, or dance down Cayuga Street in Ithaca from 1 to 4 pm, and enjoy the safety and freedom of streets that are closed to cars, and open to healthy, family
Join 100s of others for Bike to Work/School Day on Thursday, May 16th. Look for breakfast stations around the City of Ithaca.
Going to the International Youth Arts & Culture Festival, Spring Garden & Plant Sale, Ithaca Festival? Check out your transportation options to those festivals, and get your greenback by getting there!
For help getting to other events and other transportation questions, call 2-1-1 or Way2Go at 272-2292.
Register Your Step this month and win prizes from The Bike Rack, Cayuga Ski & Cyclery, and Swan Cycles!
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"As clouds gave way to sunshine on Sunday, 9/23, Cayuga street came alive as around 2,500 children and adults enjoyed a car-free opportunity to walk, bike, dance, hula-hoop and meet new people. Some c... hildren rode their bike for first time. Others roller skated. Many walked up and down the whole 1.5 mile stretch. “The only bad thing about Streets Alive!”, one participant said, “is that it’s ending”." more
Streets Alive! - September 25, 2012
"I have two bicycles. My favorite is a third hand convertible bike that I bought from a former 80 year old resident who moved to Ohio. It has a flat tire now and I haven’t had a chance to go to RIB... S (Recycle Ithaca Bikes) and repair it. So, I’ve been riding my other bike this summer which I got at a police auction 3 years ago. Biking and walking downtown in Ithaca is one of my favorite activities, and frankly what I love about Ithaca.
There are charming neighborhoods from the South to Northside including Fall Creek and Washington Park, to explore and the scenery changes daily. Mostly I like to ride my bike for exercise and fresh air. It’s a different world downtown from life on the hill at Cornell where I work. So many different types of people, some are characters really, including the cats and dogs, interesting homes, which are not designed in the same mold, with wild colors or interesting architectural types and invite the curious to learn more about the history of these neighborhoods.
I’ve lived in the Northeast and on South Hill, but nothing compares to a day riding my bike downtown to the Commons, Fall Creek, around Stewart Park, Cass Park trail, to the business district past the supermarkets as far as Home Depot, the Farmers Market on Saturday, to garage sales, a quick ride to a meeting downtown, the public library or many of the local neighborhood parks.
I know I’m alive and pumped full of energy every time I ride my bike. I learned to ride a bicycle as a child but did not ride a bike after 12 years old for another 40 years or so. Hopefully I’ll keep on biking well into my 80’s, like John Firebaugh who sold me the 3rd hand bike. Finally, I save gas during the spring, summer and fall and may not have to feel my car tank for 3 weeks. Ithaca is biking and hiking!" more
Francine Jasper - November 1, 2012
Friends Bike Clinics are free weekly bike repair gatherings in Ithaca NY April to September on:
--Tuesdays 4pm to 6pm at Pressbay Alley (Green and Geneva in Downtown Ithaca)
--and Sundays 1pm to 3pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse ( Third and Madison in Northside Ithaca)
YOU bring your bicycle and a willingness to get your hands dirty. WE bring air pumps, chain oil, tools and expertise. See friendsbikeclinic.org for a calendar of events.
Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles is an education and support program of the Southside Community Center. We are a community bicycle program that has operated in Ithaca for over 20 years. RIBs accepts donations of unwanted bicycles, effectively rerouting them from landfills. RIBs staff and RIBs members refurbish the bicycles to good working condition and redistribute them to community members. We do this by ‘gifting’ (donating) refurbished bicycles to local non-profit organizations and/or human service agencies that serve low to moderate income individuals in the City of Ithaca and/or Tompkins County. RIBs does not donate bicycles to individuals! RIBs provides City of Ithaca youth and adults alike with a safe, structured environment where people of all ages can learn about bicycle repair while working cooperatively and constructively with others.
The Fingerlakes Cycling Club hosts a slow ride each Thursday night spring through fall, with beginning cyclists in mind. The rides start at 5:30 pm, near the Cayuga Medical Center, and takes a tour around low traffic roads with gentle terrain, offering an opportunity for new riders to get comfortable riding their bikes. Cycling club members are there to answer questions and help new cyclist form safe riding habits. On Thursday, May 17, the ride will start with a short session on safe cycling on city streets. Contact Andrejs Ozolins for details. (email@example.com)
Bike Ithaca is an informal group of people interested in getting around by non-motorized means and committed to making Ithaca more hospitable to that kind of travel. Among us are recreational cyclists, bike commuters, car-less families, and lots of people who, while remaining members of a car-dominated society, are working toward a greener vision. And, of course, people whose way of decreasing dependence on motor vehicles is to walk or take the bus rather than drive.
Supporting the communities of Ithaca, Lansing, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Trumansburg, Cayuga Heights, Caroline, Danby, Newfield, Enfield and Ulysses in taking energy-saving steps.