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
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.
Why Focus on Bikes?
Bicycling is a low-impact exercise for any age that can be weaved into every day life as you move around town.
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.
To attract and retain talent and tourists, our bicycle amenities must be competitive to other cities such as Buffalo, Burlington, and Syracuse.
Transportation is the second biggest contributor to your carbon footprint; using a bicycle for short trips reduces that.
Bicycling is space-efficient, so more people biking means more road space and parking for people who need to drive.
Phase 1 (January–March):
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.
Phase 2 (April–June):
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.
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.