The following is a republished press release from Bike Walk Tompkins and is NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements directly to The Ithaca Voice, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Tell your neighbors and bring your friends to walk, roll, bike, and dance down the streets! On Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 1:00-5:00PM, the streets will be closed to cars and open to people for Streets Alive! South Plain Street will be closed from Green Street to Elmira Road and part of Clinton Street will also be closed. Since the first Streets Alive! in 2012, thousands of people have enjoyed the open streets during this twice yearly event, which takes place on the Northside of town in the spring and on the Southside in the fall.
“Streets Alive is everything good – fresh air, fun, seeing neighbors and friends, getting exercise, meeting new people, all without worrying about cars. The first time I went with my kids they literally laid in the middle of the street just because they could! And we laughed and laughed and laughed. I wish every weekend could be Streets Alive, or at least once a month. That’s the kind of town I want to live in,” says Asha Sanaker, resident of S. Plain Street.
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 join in the planned and unplanned activities along the entire route or to create their own. Explore the whole route and enjoy Circus Culture by Baker Park at the corner of Elmira Road, intergenerational games at Titus Towers, and the Latino Multicultural Festival at Southside Community Center. There is something for everyone as you travel along. Pump up your bike tires at RIBs’ Quick Fix Bike Repair and ride through the Ithaca Youth Bureau Bike Rodeo. Or, join in for Zumba dancing, double-dutch jump rope, and street games along the way. Travel the route in style with the New Orleans inspired street band “Ryan Zawel and Haiti Horns”.
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/.
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.
Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, resident of W. Clinton Street looks forward to Streets Alive! every year, “As busy as I am, I rarely get the opportunity to meet and greet my neighbors or chill with them. Streets Alive gives me the opportunity to do just that and more. It’s a great way to build community. I love that in one afternoon I am able to learn about, and enjoy the rich people and product resources we have in Ithaca. As an added bonus, I get to let my hair down and dance in the streets – judgment free.”