Bike Walk Tompkins

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Bike Walk Tompkins is an Ithaca, NY-based nonprofit dedicated to creating a community where walking, biking and rolling are safe and convenient for all people. We may be best known for our signature event, Streets Alive! Ithaca, which is an open streets event where the streets are closed to cars and open to people and local organizations to host activities and simply walk, bike, roll, dance, and play. As part of the nonprofit Center for Community Transportation, we work with other local nonprofit, government and business partners by providing education, advocacy and services to support and promote active transportation for reduced emissions, better health and greater equity.

We advocate for safe, convenient and accessible sidewalks, streets, and trails for the most vulnerable users: pedestrians and cyclists of all ages, abilities, socio-economic status, race and ethnic backgrounds. We invite peoples’ input on and collaborate with local and state elected officials about the benefits of particular policies and infrastructure approaches that support safe biking and walking, such as protected walkways and bikeways and lower speed limits.

We teach comprehensive bike safety and skills education through our seasonal bike skills courses available to youth and adults at low-to-no cost. We collaborate with local elementary schools, youth programs, and colleges to bring bike education on site in a variety of settings and to support educators as they implement bike safety and skills within their curriculums.

We offer free access to quality bike mechanic services and on-going education to ensure our community has affordable options to purchase and maintain their bicycles while increasing their employability skills and social connection. From our community bike shop location (803 Cascadilla St, facing the Waterfront Trail), we accept local bike donations & refurbish them to donate or sell at affordable prices. We also sell and donate bike helmets, lights, locks, and other bike parts and components. The shop has become the central location where we offer mechanic workshops, open shop and walk-in hours, and a meeting spot of local group rides and a place for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy conversations. /communitybikeshop

Lastly, we produce collaborative community events to promote bicycling as not only a fun and active way to move  but also a vital and viable transportation option in our county. We co-host recreational group rides like the Lighted Full Moon rides with Vie Cycle, the Fall Creek Halloween Lighted Rides, and the annual Winter Solstice Ride as family-friendly introductions to riding on Ithaca’s streets and multi-use paths. Historically we’ve hosted Streets Alive! Ithaca twice a year, but we are looking to reimagine how this festival is produced in order to expand open streets events to more neighborhoods and more frequently throughout the year.

Bike Walk Tompkins is looking for people interested in engaging with our work as participants, volunteers, fellow advocates and supporters. Will you join us?

A Note from GreenStarBike Walk Tompkins is one of 10 local nonprofit organizations voted among GreenStar’s membership to be a 2023 Partner for Change. They are also GreenStar’s July 2023 featured Positive Change recipient. Read more about our Partners for Change program here.