About the Event

The sixth biannual Streets Alive! Ithaca event took place on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 1-5PM along Cayuga St. and Court st. in downtown Ithaca.

On a fairly sunny and cool day in September of 2012, Ithaca held its first ever Streets Alive! Ithaca. On Sunday September 23rd 2012, from 1-4pm, Cayuga Street was closed to cars and open to people for 10 whole city blocks.  Approximately 100 volunteers helped manage the intersections, take pictures and surveys, take care of event details, and offer bike repair.  Somewhere around 1800 to 2400 people enjoyed the open street: strolling, mingling, biking, rollerskating, chalking, dancing, eating ice cream and popcorn, learning new skills in the bike rodeo, talking transportation, doing tai chi, or four square, or hula hooping, or just hanging out. It was AWESOME!

May 5th 2013: Streets Alive! came back to Ithaca on Sunday May 5th 2013 for another brilliant day of ‘playing in the streets’, this time on a slightly longer route that included Cayuga Street and Court Street to GIAC.

September 22nd, 2013: Streets Alive! came to Ithaca on Sunday, September 22nd 2013, this time in the Southside of the city.

May 4th, 2014: Streets Alive! returned to Fall Creek neighborhood and also partnered with Ithaca Earth Day to hold joint events.

Sept. 7th, 2014: Streets Alive returned to the Southside of Ithaca and expanded the route down Wood St. to connect with Wood Street Park.

May 3rd, 2015: Streets Alive entered it’s third year and hosted its sixth event in the Fall Creek Neighborhood in partnership with Cultura’s Cinco De Mayo event. Over 5,000 people joined the fun!

The main event is simply a closed street or streets with space to walk, roll, bike, and move.  You can make up your own fun stuff to do, and we offer other fun stuff to do too:  bike rodeo, dancing in the streets, hula hooping, music, bike repair stations, and more.

Here’s a little glimpse from the first time around:

Check out this video from the Cornell Daily Sun:

View on the Sun’s website.

Check out this video from the Ithacan:

View on the Ithacan’s website

Learn about the inspiration behind and history of Streets Alive in other communities, cities, and countries around the world.

The Streets Alive! Ithaca steering committee thanks everyone who participated in these phenomenal days, particularly our dedicated volunteers. To learn more and receive future updates, please join our Facebook group or check back soon.

About the hosts of Streets Alive

Bike Walk Tompkins 501c(3) mission is to change the culture and infrastructure of the Ithaca area so that people embrace sustainable transportation, especially walking and bicycling, in their everyday lives. We work to advocate, educate, and motivate for more trips done by bike and foot. Bike Walk Tompkins is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA).

Way2Go, a program of Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, is transforming the culture of transportation among users, providers and decision makers, so that everyone can get where they need to go in a fair and sustainable community. Way2Go works collaboratively through events, workshops and education to help people save money, stress less, and go green on transportation.