Wide shot of Streets Alive taken on Cayuga St next to Thompson “Bell” Park

The following is a republished press release from Bike Walk Tompkins and NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. Click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or email tips@ithacavoice.com.

Tell your neighbors and bring your friends to walk, roll, bike, and dance down the streets! On Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00-5:00PM, the streets will be closed to cars and open to people for the 10th edition of Streets Alive! Since the first Streets Alive! in 2012, thousands of people have enjoyed the open streets during this biannual event.

Ethan Stephenson, Cayuga Street resident states, “This is the event I most look forward to each year. Twice a year, we get to reclaim the streets with bikes, strollers, skates, dogs, and more. The journey becomes the event.”

The magic of Streets Alive! is seen in the rare opportunity to freely roam, stroll, and walk the streets for an afternoon. All residents are encouraged to participate in the planned and unplanned activities along the entire route or to create their own. From the Ithaca Youth Bureau bike rodeo and Boxy Bikes at Ithaca High School to the GIAC Jumpers and Cultura’s Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), there is something for everyone as you travel along the route.

New additions this year include performances by Circus Culture on Cayuga Street, a Taste of Muslim Culture near GIAC at BJM Elementary School, and Fall Creek Brass Band adding their musical flair to the day as they play along the entire route.

It takes a village to make the streets come alive and there is a great team of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to making this event safe and fun. Volunteers are always needed and anyone age 16 and up can join the Intersection Superheroes. Sign up for a shift at https://www.streetsaliveithaca.com/. Please consider donating to join the movement and support Streets Alive! at https://www.streetsaliveithaca.com/sponsor.

Bike Walk Tompkins (BWT), the lead organizer for Streets Alive!, is the local advocacy group for active transportation in Tompkins County. “Bike Walk Tompkins is proud to organize this event because Streets Alive is a happy and positive way to bring awareness to the need for better biking, walking, and rolling conditions in Ithaca and Tompkins County every day, all year long; not just two afternoons a year,” states Vikki Armstrong, Director of BWT.

Bike Walk Tompkins advocates for safer, more convenient and more widespread walking and biking as transportation for people of all ages and abilities in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Bike Walk Tompkins is a project of Ithaca Carshare.

(The event will take place on North Cayuga St from E. Shore to Court St., and on W. Court St from Cayuga to Plain Street. For more information and a detailed list of what events are where, visit www.streetsaliveithaca.com.)

Featured image by Sam Scott/Ithaca Voice

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.