People from all walks of life in our community want safer and more convenient ways to get around by biking, walking and rolling, so BWT’s primary project is advocacy. We communicate with public officials and decision makers, we speak up publicly as needed and we invite others to do so. We encourage networking and learning together. When issues and opportunities arise that will improve conditions for biking, walking and rolling, BWT aims to get the word out. Stay in the loop and sign up for the e-newsletter. Read past e-newsletters. Contact BWT with your ideas. Explore the resources page for other places and ways to plug in.

Streets Alive!

Streets Alive! is an open streets event held twice yearly since September 2012, where together the community has the rare opportunity to experience streets closed to cars and open for people to walk, bike, dance, roll and play. It’s also a great way to come together and find others who would walk and bike more on a regular basis if it felt more inviting to do so.


Every March since 2014, we screen short films about bikes, livable streets, and moving beyond the automobile as a community building event. The films are selected for their relevance to Tompkins County residents and are drawn from, and other sources. The films inspire all of us to continue to do what we can to improve conditions for biking, walking and rolling in our community. The film festival rescreening series was first brought to Ithaca in September 2011 as the Livable Streets Film Festival as part of the Upstate Transportation Forum. The energy generated from that forum and film festival helped launch Streets Alive! in May 2012 as well as numerous initiatives for improvements to sustainable transportation in the area.


BWT works with other members and organizations in the community to help find best practices and prepare plans for improved conditions for biking, walking and rolling.


BWT recognizes that simple measures can be effective for safety. We hand out reflective stickers as our “brand” stickers, and make reflective bands available at Streets Alive! We encourage all road and sidewalk users to remember to be visible.


Bike to Work Day is a nationally celebrated event in the month of May, when scores of people are recognized for commuting by bike. It’s an excellent way to encourage new riders and to address perceived barriers to cycling. Bike to Work Day typically includes free breakfast and has been happening consistently in Ithaca and Tompkins County since 2012. Way2Go and Cornell Transportation are the lead organizers now and Bike Walk Tompkins participates and cheers everyone on.


Alliance for Biking and Walking
Black Girls Do Bike
Go Bike Buffalo
League of American Bicyclists
New York (State) Bicycle Coalition