About the Event

The fourth biannual Streets Alive! Ithaca will take place on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 from 1-5PM along Cayuga Street 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!

Streets Alive! came back to Ithaca on Sunday May 5th 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. Streets Alive! came to Ithaca on Sunday September 22nd 2013, this time in the Southside of the city.

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. Click here for a schedule and map.

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.