Active Choices: the Champaign County Greenways & Trails (GT) Plan has been finalized, and can be found on the CCRPC website here: http://www.ccrpc.org/greenways/documents.php.
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Increase Bicycle Use (In Progress)
The University Libraries department of facilities is launching a small feasibility study to determine weather it would be cost effective to use bikes as a materials transportation medium.
Alex Bragg, Distribution Clerk
Encourage Active Transportation
- Increase Walking
- Multi-Modal Transportation Study
- Increase Public Transportation Use
- Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project (MCORE)
- Increase Bicycle Use
- Appropriately Staff Sustainable Transportation Efforts
In order to reduce transportation-related emissions, the University must encourage and enable alternative modes of transportation, including bicycling.
The campus is home to an estimated 10,000 cyclists, including students, staff, and faculty. In order to increase ridership and the safety of all roadway users, the University recognizes that it must take a number of steps to improve both the culture and infrastructure around cycling on campus. For example:
- The Campus Bike Plan is being finalized and will be approved in 2014.
- Educational courses, events, and materials are being created and promoted to ensure that cyclists know the rules of the road and are respectful of pedestrians and drivers
- The Campus Bike Center provides a central location for bicycle advocacy, education, and encouragement, through hands-on experiential learning that empowers visitors to maintain their own bicycles and help others in the community.
- A number of new tools are being implemented to allow bicyclists to share input and feedback with the University.
- Bicycle parking is being upgraded and expanded across campus.
- The University Bicycle Code is being updated to ensure that safe cycling behavior is enforced on all areas of campus, both on and off-streets.
With these and many other tactics, the University hopes to encourage more members of the campus community to choose bicycling as a preferred method of transportation, and in doing so help us to reach our goals to reduce transportation-related emissions.
Bicycling is an excellent mode of transportation in Champaign-Urbana. The roads are laid out in a grid system along cardinal directions, so it is difficult to get lost. The terrain is very flat, so there are only rare locations where you will be pedaling up a steep slope. The community is working to embrace bicycling throughout town, so be patient and you will see the bicycle infrastructure steadily improving.
Based on survey data from 2007 and from 2011, there are increasing numbers of people on campus using bicycling as their primary mode of travel.
|Mode-choice surveys||Percentage that commute by bicycle|
|2007 miPlan surveys||9%||4%||4%|
|2011 CUUATS survey||12%||6%||18%|