What's up with the on-street bike parking I saw for a moment?

Three BWT volunteers installing the temporary bike corral on College Ave by Sheldon Court.
From left: Harold, Sabrina, and CJ helped install the (temporary) bicycle corral at College Ave by Sheldon Court in Collegetown.

On Sunday, August 12, a crew of Bike Walk Tompkins volunteers carefully installed four on-street bicycle parking "corrals" to increase the number of bike parking spots in Collegetown and outside Greenstar Oasis. Bike corrals provide more space for pedestrians by moving bicycle parking off narrow sidewalks and allow on-street parking to accommodate more people. After the Board of Public Works expressed support in June, Bike Walk Tompkins chose the specific locations with City staff to proactively accommodate the bicycle parking crunch that comes as students return to Ithaca. This need is expected to be more critical as LimeBike begins to serve Collegetown, one of Ithaca's least car-dependent neighborhoods. There has been a lot of confusing information going around about this. Bike Walk Tompkins secured funding for and acquired the equipment and insurance, and had all the required City permits and permissions, but neither Bike Walk Tompkins or the City of Ithaca did a lot of public communication in advance. Key City officials were taken by surprise by the appearance of the corrals, as were some Collegetown merchants. The City is hitting "rewind" on this so that a new vetting process can include more input from the community. Public Works has expressed full support of increased bike parking.  The City chose to remove the rack installations while the process unfolds. 

Volunteers at Streets Alive!

Volunteers needed for Streets Alive! Ithaca on the Southside – Sunday, September 16, 2018

Streets Alive! is four weeks away and we need your help! Join a superstar group of 80+ volunteers that will help close South Plain Street to cars and open them up to people. Get a FREE t-shirt as well as warm, fuzzy feelings as you help people of all ages and abilities walk, bike, roll, dance, and play on the streets one last time this summer!

Sign Up to Volunteer
Volunteer sign up is open at If you want to organize an activity along the route, our activities sign-up is available here.

Find out the latest on biking and bikeshare in Ithaca and tell us what you think could improve!

We're rolling out various ways for you to plug into our Blueprint for Better Bicycling project, a community-built plan to make Ithaca and surrounding communities a more bike-friendly community. Learn about the results from a local bicycling survey and find out the latest stats from LimeBike. Then, tell us what you think!

Tell Us What You Think

Whew! It's been a little busy here...

With the new Ithaca Bike Champions program and Blueprint for Better Bicycling work, we haven't been able to share as much of our work with you as we would've liked. Here's a small taste of what's been going on!

GIAC Seniors group with BWT, Lime, and Ithaca Bike Rental partners. Photo: Edna Brown.
People of all ages enjoying a temporary protected bike lane at the Fall Creek Bike Party.
Person enjoying a recumbent tricycle at the GIAC Seniors event. Photo: Edna Brown
Group picture of the seven Ithaca Bike Champions at the last Streets Alive Photo: Edna Brown.
City Tree Bike Tour organized by Ithaca Bike Champion Gretchen and the City Forester.
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