City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, NY State Department of Transportation: Pave a sidewalk on 96B
  • Petitioned Eric L. Ophardt P.E.

This petition was delivered to:

NYS Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager
Eric L. Ophardt P.E.
Regional Pedestrian Coordinator
Jeff Sterly
NY State Department of Transportation
Commissioner Joan McDonald

City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, NY State Department of Transportation: Pave a sidewalk on 96B

    1. Charlotte Roberts
    2. Petition by

      Charlotte Roberts

      Ithaca, NY

Every year, we hear about another initiative to try to get the city and town of Ithaca to work together to put in a sidewalk between IC campus and downtown. Students and residents try to drink responsibly, be environmentally friendly, or simply use the transportation they were born with, and walk to the commons every day, but it's just not safe to walk from South Hill to downtown. Whether along the most direct route, 96, or Coddington/Hudson, there is no fully paved sidewalk for Ithacans to use. The well-tread cow paths that mark the treck made by thousands of students and Ithaca residents should be evidence enough that there is a need for this sidewalk. Few seem to have noticed the history of multiple hit-and-runs along 96. The City has claimed that, since campus technically falls under the Town's jurisdiction, there is nothing they can do. The Town has claimed that there isn't enough room in the budget, unless we can convince those who own the property to pay for the paving themselves, and both have said this is really DOT territory. This tricky situation has been a problem for the thousands of IC students who contribute to both the Town and the City of Ithaca every day, as well as all the residents of South Hill. Our needs have been neglected for too long

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Event: Pedestrian Protest

      Charlotte Roberts
      Petition Organizer

      On Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4 years after an IC student and the officer who came to his aid were hit by separate cars on 96B in the same night, we'll be walking from the entrance of IC campus to the commons along the very same route, to tell our government that they've dawdled long enough, and that it's time for action. Check out the link below and invite your friends, so we can make a big impact that can't be ignored any longer.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Monica Weimer ITHACA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I go to Ithaca College and I have joked around with my friends about "almost getting clipped by cars while walking on Danby". I have recently learned that people have actually gotten hit by cars while on this road because there was not a safe place to walk. Please, don't let the students of IC joke about getting hit by cars. We think it's just a joke, but there have been so many accidents.

    • Brendan Kimball ITHACA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a 2011 alum of the college, and 3-year resident within the city, I agree with these petitioners.

    • Eric Machan Howd ITHACA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      For walking back and forth to work.

    • Madeline Clark DUXBURY, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's really unsafe for kids to be walking on the road without a sidewalk.

    • Kelli Grant BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      '04 alumna


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