Whether it's for environmental, social, or economic reasons, people of all ages and abilities in Ithaca and Tompkins County want safer and more convenient ways to get around by walking, biking, and rolling. Bike Walk Tompkins was formed to advocate for the needs of active transportation users, encourage more people to walk and bike more often, and inspire the community to consider walking and biking as everyday modes of transportation.

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Our Story

BWT at Streets Alive

Bike Walk Tompkins (BWT) grew out of the organizing group for Streets Alive! Ithaca and provides a central push for active transportation (i.e. biking and walking) in Tompkins County. We work collaboratively with other people and organizations to influence and change the culture and infrastructure for biking and walking in Ithaca and Tompkins County so that more people can embrace active transportation in their everyday lives. By making walking and biking more prevalent, our community will reap the multiple health, environmental, economic and social benefits associated with strong active transportation networks.  

Bike Walk Tompkins was formally organized in May 2014 as a project of the Center for Transformative Action, and in July we hired our first program director. In 2016, BWT moved to our current home at Ithaca Carshare, a local non-profit with the mission of enhancing community access to transportation while reducing the negative environmental and economic impacts of car use. BWT has been generously funded in part by the Park Foundation.

PROJECT STAFF

VICTORIA ARMSTRONG, PROGRAM DIRECTOR Victoria joined the team in 2015 after being the coordinator for the Creating Healthy Places (CHP) project at the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County. At CHP, Victoria served as event director for the first three editions of Streets Alive! Ithaca, launched Bike To Work Day with Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, co-wrote the Tompkins Priority Trails Strategy, and coordinated two annual Streets Alive! Film Festivals. Much of this work continues today under the banner of Bike Walk Tompkins. Victoria has been a longtime bike enthusiast and advocate, a contra dancer and singer, as well as a proud mother of two (now grown) children. Contact Victoria at director@bikewalktompkins.org

VICTORIA ARMSTRONG, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Victoria joined the team in 2015 after being the coordinator for the Creating Healthy Places (CHP) project at the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County. At CHP, Victoria served as event director for the first three editions of Streets Alive! Ithaca, launched Bike To Work Day with Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, co-wrote the Tompkins Priority Trails Strategy, and coordinated two annual Streets Alive! Film Festivals. Much of this work continues today under the banner of Bike Walk Tompkins. Victoria has been a longtime bike enthusiast and advocate, a contra dancer and singer, as well as a proud mother of two (now grown) children.

Contact Victoria at director@bikewalktompkins.org

HECTOR CHANG, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER Hector joined the team in 2017 to launch a community-led vision and action plan for better bicycling in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Previously, he worked at Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as a Transportation Research Assistant, where he provided community and stakeholder educational outreach through the SmartTrips Ithaca and Move Together NY projects. Hector graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies; walks, bikes, or takes TCAT wherever he goes in Ithaca; and is a proud Canadian. Contact Hector at hector@bikewalktompkins.org

HECTOR CHANG, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER

Hector joined the team in 2017 to launch a community-led vision and action plan for better bicycling in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Previously, he worked at Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as a Transportation Research Assistant, where he provided community and stakeholder educational outreach through the SmartTrips Ithaca and Move Together NY projects. Hector graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies; walks, bikes, or takes TCAT wherever he goes in Ithaca; and is a proud Canadian.

Contact Hector at hector@bikewalktompkins.org

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STEERING COMMITTEE

FERNANDO DE ARAGÓN Fernando is the Director of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council, and has been since 1998. Through his work, he has helped expand services that provide alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use, such as carsharing, multi-use trails, bike and pedestrian facilities, and expanded transit.

FERNANDO DE ARAGÓN

Fernando is the Director of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council, and has been since 1998. Through his work, he has helped expand services that provide alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use, such as carsharing, multi-use trails, bike and pedestrian facilities, and expanded transit.

KARIM BEERS Karim is the Program Coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins and a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca. He has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He yearns for a community in which he feels comfortable allowing his two sons to ride their bikes.

KARIM BEERS

Karim is the Program Coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins and a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca. He has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He yearns for a community in which he feels comfortable allowing his two sons to ride their bikes.

JENNIFER DOTSON Jennifer is the Executive Director of Ithaca Carshare and has led the organization through launch as the first independent non-profit carsharing organization in New York State. Jennifer also serves on the TCAT Board of Directors. She believes that bikes and gardening just might save the world.

JENNIFER DOTSON

Jennifer is the Executive Director of Ithaca Carshare and has led the organization through launch as the first independent non-profit carsharing organization in New York State. Jennifer also serves on the TCAT Board of Directors. She believes that bikes and gardening just might save the world.

KENT JOHNSON Kent is a Transportation Engineer in the City of Ithaca’s Department of Public Works. His work includes a variety of transportation-related issues with a particular focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects such as Safe Routes to School and the City of Ithaca's bike boulevard network.

KENT JOHNSON

Kent is a Transportation Engineer in the City of Ithaca’s Department of Public Works. His work includes a variety of transportation-related issues with a particular focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects such as Safe Routes to School and the City of Ithaca's bike boulevard network.

MARGARET JOHNSON Margaret is a Lecturer for the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, where her teaching and research work focuses on best practices for government evaluation. In her off-work hours, she is the Vice-president and Secretary of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club and is passionate about getting more women cycling.

MARGARET JOHNSON

Margaret is a Lecturer for the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, where her teaching and research work focuses on best practices for government evaluation. In her off-work hours, she is the Vice-president and Secretary of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club and is passionate about getting more women cycling.

TOM KNIPE Tom is a Senior Planner for the Tompkins County Tourism Program. He is also a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca, wrote the Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways Plan, and previously directed Portland's Safe Routes to School and hands-on bicycle programs.

TOM KNIPE

Tom is a Senior Planner for the Tompkins County Tourism Program. He is also a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca, wrote the Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways Plan, and previously directed Portland's Safe Routes to School and hands-on bicycle programs.

TIM LOGUE Tim is Director of Engineering Services for the City of Ithaca's Department of Public Works, with responsibility in areas including multi-modal transportation engineering and planning, trail development, traffic signal systems, traffic calming, and capital project management.

TIM LOGUE

Tim is Director of Engineering Services for the City of Ithaca's Department of Public Works, with responsibility in areas including multi-modal transportation engineering and planning, trail development, traffic signal systems, traffic calming, and capital project management.

SUE POWELL Sue has 15 years experience as Active Transportation Coordinator for Cornell University. She is the staff advisor for Big Red Bikes, Cornell's student bicycle advocacy group, and works with university staff to implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

SUE POWELL

Sue has 15 years experience as Active Transportation Coordinator for Cornell University. She is the staff advisor for Big Red Bikes, Cornell's student bicycle advocacy group, and works with university staff to implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to our first Program Director Rena Scroggins, website designer Mary Buehler, logo designer Jess Confer, photographers Edna Brown and Simon Wheeler, and previous Steering Committee members Phoebe Brown, Lois Chaplin, Daniel Keough, Jeanne Leccese, Jonathan Maddison, Davi Mozie, and Steven Powell.

We'd also like to give a big special thank you to our donors and supporters. Thank you!