Bike, walk, and roll, but don’t drive: North Cayuga closed this Sunday for car-free Streets Alive fair

North Cayuga Street, which runs from the heart of Downtown Ithaca north through Fall Creek towards Stewart Park, and West Court Street from Cayuga Street to GIAC, will be closed Sunday afternoon to motor vehicles, and open for everything else, for a twice-annual street fair. The “Streets Alive!” event runs from Boynton Middle School to GIAC, from 1-5pm on May 1st.

Streets Alive, this Sunday afternoon in Fall Creek and Downtown.

Streets Alive, this Sunday afternoon in Fall Creek and Downtown.

It’s the ninth such street fair; similar spring events have been joined by fall events on Ithaca’s southside. Organizers encourage participants to leave behind their cars and “Bike, Walk, Roll, and Move.” In addition to North Cayuga Street, Court Street will be closed between Cayuga Street and Plain Street, near the Greater Ithaca Activities Center.

The event will feature “activity hubs” at GIAC, at Thompson Square Park at the corner of Cayuga and Cascadilla Streets, and at the Ithaca High School. Those interested in exploring car-free transportation options will have an opportunity to practice using TCAT’s bus bike racks, as well as get biking advice. There will be bands playing, nature walks, food trucks, dancing, free ice cream, tai chi, a youth bike rodeo with a helmet give-away, and more. A full schedule is on the Streets Alive web site. Rest rooms will be available for public use at the Tabernacle Baptist Church at the corner of Cayuga and Lincoln Streets.

“Westbound traffic on Court Street will be able to turn left onto Cayuga, and northbound traffic on Cayuga will be able to turn right onto Court Street,” City of Ithaca transportation engineer Tim Logue told us. “West of that intersection, traffic will have to go around the event using Plain Street.”

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