North Cayuga Street, which runs from the heart of Downtown Ithaca north through Fall Creek towards Stewart Park, will be closed Sunday afternoon for a street fair. The "Streets Alive!" event will close North Cayuga Street from Court Street to Lake Street and East Shore Drive from 1-4pm on May 4th.
It's the fifth 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.
City of Ithaca transportation engineer Tim Logue says motorists will be able to drive across the intersection of Cayuga Street at Tompkins Street for east-west travel. Drivers may need to wait for an opportunity for staff to clear the intersection. All other intersections along the Streets Alive stretch will be closed to traffic.
"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," Logue says. "West of that intersection, traffic will have to go around the event using Plain Street."
Last spring, additional intersections were open for vehicle crossings. "We hope these change will make for a safer and more enjoyable experience for the public and the volunteers," Logue adds. "And we hope that drivers will be patient and understanding."
Logue encourages area residents with questions to call Streets Alive organizers at 607-272-2292, "or look for one of the 100 volunteers on the day of the event."