Given the opportunities and potential issues, Bike Walk Tompkins encourages the City to take a cautiously optimistic approach to e-scooters in line with the recommendations provided by members of the Mobility, Accessibility, and Transportation Commission. Cities that proactively establish rules and regulations for e-scooters and partner with companies on pilot programs generally see more positive outcomes, and we applaud the Commission and the City for moving in this direction.
Bike corrals provide more space for pedestrians by moving bicycle parking off narrow sidewalks and allow on-street parking to accommodate more people. After approvals from the City of Ithaca, 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. However, 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.