Ithaca area cyclists will urge Board of Public Works to install protected bike lanes on North Cayuga Street

May 11, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The City of Ithaca is repaving North Cayuga Street this summer, and the local cycling community plans to urge the Board of Public Works to install protected bike lanes. The Board of Public Works is meeting at 4:45pm on Monday, May 11th, at City Hall.

According to a petition on change.org, organizers say protected bike lanes, with two-way bike lanes separated from motor vehicle traffic by flex posts, would keep cyclists safer and help to slow traffic in general. Typical unprotected bike lanes on both sides of the street "place cyclists in the 'door zone,' the area where parked car doors swing open," the petition says.

Organizers hope Ithaca can "join a growing number of cities seeing a huge increase in cycling" by placing two-way protected bike lanes on one side of the street. "Flex-post protected bike lanes can fit in the exact same space that the proposed unprotected bike lanes would require but will be dramatically more effective and safer," organizers say.

National Bike to Work Day features breakfast stations around Ithaca and the Cornell campus. Photo courtesy of Ray Weaver.National Bike to Work Day features breakfast stations around Ithaca and the Cornell campus. Photo courtesy of Ray Weaver.Area cyclists are also gearing up for National Bike to Work and School Day, which is this Friday, May 15th. Local organizations are sponsoring several stations around town and on the Cornell campus with free breakfast and giveaways from 7-10am. Cyclists can also stop at the Friends Bike Clinic at the Quaker Meetinghouse on Third Street or at Boxy Bikes in Press Bay Alley to pump up their tires and have their bikes checked out.

Free breakfast stations on Friday morning will be available at Press Bay Alley on West Green Street, the Cornell Business & Technology Park on Brown Road, Helen Newman Hall at Cornell, Cornell Vet School, Johnson Museum of Art, Teagle Hall and Lynah Rink parking lot, Tabernacle Baptist Church on Fall Creek, Quaker Meetinghouse on Third Street, Dewitt Building in Downtown Ithaca, CISER near East Hill Plaza, and 120 Maple Avenue. In addition to a free breakfast, participants will get a $5 coupon good at The Cornell Store.

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