Grandmother and grandchild bike at Streets Alive!

30-40% of residents in Ithaca would bike more often if it felt safer.

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins (2016)

Join the Conversation!

The goal of the Blueprint for Better Bicycling is to double the number of bike trips in and around Ithaca. To get there, the project will engage all Ithacans (including you!) to identify barriers to biking and ways to address them. Together, we will build a 5-year action plan that will make bicycling a safe, comfortable, and convenient way to get around town. Learn more about the project by downloading the info sheet.

Tell Us What You Think

Southside Feedback

We need your experiences and ideas to inform this project. Participate in the project by completing the Blueprint Online Survey, which will be released soon. Sign up for our e-news to get a reminder when it is released.

We will also be present at all the events on our Events Calendar so you can meet us in person. You may also contact us through our regular channels.

Why Focus on Bikes?

Biking at Stewart Park

Community Health

Bicycling is a low-impact exercise for any age that can be weaved into every day life as you move around town.

Young girl and senior woman biking

Access to Opportunities

Bicycling opens up the city to people of all ages and incomes for trips that are too long to walk but too short for transit to serve well.

Bike Parking at Farmers Market

Economic Vitality

To attract and retain talent and tourists, our bicycle amenities must be competitive to other cities such as Buffalo, Burlington, and Syracuse.

Bike Carshare Bus

Carbon Emissions

Transportation is the second biggest contributor to your carbon footprint; using a bicycle for short trips reduces that.

Cayuga St Bike Lane


Bicycling is space-efficient, so more people biking means more road space and parking for people who need to drive.

Project Timeline

Advisory Committee Meeting

Phase 1 (January–March): 

Stakeholder Outreach

We are working with community leaders to plan our outreach efforts in the spring and summer, and to kick off some exciting projects that we'll announce soon.

Public Meeting at Southside

Phase 2 (April–June):

Community Outreach

We want to know what the biking issues are for you and your neighborhood, so we'll be out and about at various community events so you can tell us what you'd like to see.

Group Meeting

Phase 3 (July–September): Review & Feedback


We will hold focus groups to review and refine the Blueprint for Better Bicycling and you'll get to see the results of your input during another round of community outreach events.