Attending: Emmy Koponen; Gail, Cornell; Jennifer Dotson;
Yael Levitte, CRP; Barry Goldman; Michael Smith, Ithaca College
Sustainable initiative for Tompkins County; Fernando D’Aragon,
ITCTC;Dwight Mengel, TCAT; David Kay, City Bike and Pedestrian
Advisory Council; Margot Brinn, notes
Early odds and ends:
--Fernando handed out “Safety Analysis of Marked Vs
Unmarked Crosswalks” and “City of Seattle and
--We’ve got a date for Jeff Olsen, former state bike
coordinator, to come to town . He has funding for healthy
infra-structure project. We’re hoping he’ll do
something with T.C. David will contact him about time and
place. Fernando, when he gets that info, will reserve a county
room, probably the library. He’ll talk on biking, walking,
and health issues.
--report on Green party meeting: it was a good meeting, big
ideas, info on TCAT was given to its members, good connecting.
--Fernando: there’s money to educate people, motorists
and cyclists, on the rules of the road. Police are behind
it. From the governor’s traffic safety council commission.
Fernando will keep watch for the application.
--Yael got the Faculty Fellows and Service Grant. This is
part of a class she teaches called Planning for Sustainable
Transportation for both under grad and grad students. She
has 18-20 students. They picked projects:
1. Smart Growth Index, with GIS component.
2. feasibility study for car-sharing in Ithaca.
3. origin to destination trips, using various modes of transportation.
4. pedestrian bike map.
The information will be available to the public. We need to
figure out how to publicize it. A suggestion for Gail: study
incentives: changing people’s wants.
CYC & Ithaca Festival:
--should we sign up for Ithaca Festival parade? Yes! David
will sign us up. Idea: alternative transportation dance. Suggestion:
concentrate on this activity instead of a spring CYC Day.
A ready-made large audience.
--We should look at the City of Toronto Car-Free/Bike week,
and their incentives. Question: when is National CYC day?
Last week in April (around Earth Day?) Ride your bike to work
week is in May? Maybe we can do a smaller CYC Day.
--David’s suggestion: publicize its existence—Ithaca
Journal will do it for us, and have people register what they’ve
done on the web.
--Last year, we had walkable community workshops and did a
lot with the leaders; but maybe it’s better to have
fewer events. Maybe we should have a few events in September.
--We should contact schools for CYC Day, ask them if they
want to participate. We could buy pedometers for the classroom.
[people need 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy.
--contact the organizations putting on things last year [?]
--have a health presentation/ bus washer[?]
--Do bike rodeos.