Ithaca's sidewalk network is an integral and well-used part of its transportation system. Walking is a relevant, appealing alternative to vehicle use and a personal investment in sustainability, health, well-being, and neighborhood safety. Ithaca has the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in US cities with populations of ~10,000 utilizing the 80 miles of sidewalk within the City, even though it has challenging terrain and a full winter season.
Public sidewalk serves 80% of the properties in Ithaca and approximately 1,600 curb ramps improve accessibility. Improvements and additions are made to the sidewalk network each year. In 2010, the City budgeted $409,000 for pedestrian programs and routine sidewalk construction.
The Sidewalk Program exists to help property owners repair their sidewalks.
Here are some standard documents that are given out to property owners and contractors, along with helpful links:
-Street Permit Application Instructions and Form
-Sidewalk Rules and Regulations
-City Code related to Sidewalks
-Current List of Contractors
-Sidewalk Specifications Details (pdf document)
-Sidewalk Plans (pdf document)
-Sidewalk Condition Inspection Criteria (pdf document)
-Driveway Plans (pdf document)
-Curb Ramp Plans (pdf document)
-Concrete Patching Instructions (pdf document)
-Sidewalk Detours and Diversions (pdf document)
-FAQs for Notice of Defect (pdf document)
-FAQs for Notice of Complaint (pdf document)
-Stone Sidewalks in the City (pdf document)