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Why Bike?

A bike can be a fantastic way to get around Ithaca!

Yes, we know it's hilly and cold, but don't let that stop you! You might want to visit a waterfall off the bus route, do some quick shopping downtown, or simply enjoy the early days of spring with a lakeside leisure ride.

If you don't want to ride up the hill, take the bus and stick your bike in the rack on the front. Drivers are generally patient while you figure it out for the first time. Fun fact, the tcat was the first bus line in New York state to install bike racks on all their buses. Tip from Bomber Bikers: The racks are often full by the Green Street stop so you'll have better luck catching the bus at Seneca.

Here's a demonstration video on how to use the tcat bike racks!

 The hills of Ithaca provide for some great off-road rides in the parks and gorges. If paved roads are more your style, check out the Cayuga Waterfront Trail currently in expansion.

 

For a longer weekend ride Bicycle Magazine Recommends

Get Dirty Shindagin Hollow State Forest, a mountain bike haven cut into 2,000 acres of dense woods, has 18 miles of berm-filled trails and is about 31 minutes from Ithaca. It features fast, fluid doubletrack, mild but sustained climbs and curlicue descents. Downhillers can opt to dip down the gnarly Bitch Ditch—park management knows it as B7. stateparks.com

Vine Hopping A bike-friendly wine trail that's not in California? Believe it. New York ranks third in the nation in grape and wine production, and the Finger Lakes region is its most bountiful. The 100-mile route around Cayuga Lake tours wide-open farmland, historic areas, shoreline parks and the 16 sloping vineyards that comprise the state's first wine trail. cayugawinetrail.com

Art Ride Held this year on October 10-11 and 17-18, the Greater Ithaca Art Trail guides visitors to a series of folk-art studios under the canopy of upstate New York's brilliant fall foliage. Don't forget to pack cold-weather gear. arttrail.com

The Benefits of Biking

Bikes are sustainable transportation that are better for the environment than gas-consuming and pollution-exuding cars and act as a healthy alternative.

Bikes give you freedom to go where you want when you want. You beat traffic instead of making traffic. Cities with more bike commuters are healthier and happier places to live since pedestrians are put first and residents engage more with their city, which is good for businesses and for community building.

- 49% of trips Americans make are less than 3 miles.

- For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved.

- 3 hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

- Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.

- The average person will lose 13 lbs in their first year of riding to work.

- Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S.

- One mile on a bike is $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.02 loss. Read more here!

Source: Bikes Belong