August 31, 2014
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University Bicycle Ordinance (Completed)
The University is updating the Bicycle Ordinance, which enforces safe cycling behavior on all off-road university property, including sidewalks, shared use paths, and bicycle paths.
Public comments were collected on the Draft Bicycle Ordinance during September, 2013. Additional comments can be submitted on a continuing basis through the Online Bicycle Feedback Form. Comments will be addressed with future updates of the Bicycle Code.
The Draft Bike Code can be downloaded here.
The existing Bicycle Code for the University has been effective since May 1, 1989, (read the 1989 Bike Code here) although enforcement of the code has varied greatly. The 2013 draft update of the Bike Code resulted from several conversations about bicycle enforcement and the need for better policies, beginning in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013.
The updated code is more comprehensive and detailed, and is an important part of aknowledging the rights and responsibilities of cyclists on campus. The draft code was released for public comment in early September. The following timeline outlines the key dates going forward for having the new bike code to officially replace the 1989 version, before enforcement can begin.
- September, 2013: The new draft bike code is available for public comment/feedback (submit feedback here)
- October-November, 2013: The new bike code will be finalized for adoption into the Campus Administration Manual
- September, 2013-March, 2014: Increased educational efforts will inform campus cyclists about the policy changes before enforcement begins
- Fall 2014: Enforcement of the new Bicycle Code will begin Fall 2014.
University Bicycle Ordinance
The university’s Bicycle Ordinance is being updated for campus-specific rules such as bicycle parking and registration, as well as riding bikes on campus property. New increased enforcement will begin for the updated Bike Code in Spring 2014.
Traffic Citations for Cyclists
The State of Illinois Vehicle Code states that bicyclists “shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” Bicyclists breaking motor vehicle laws such as riding the wrong way on a one-street or failing to stop at a stop sign can receive a state traffic citation under the Illinois Vehicle Code. In addition, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana each have municipal ordinances under which cyclists can receive traffic citations. The University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD) is authorized to write traffic citations under the Illinois Vehicle Code as well as Champaign and Urbana municipal ordinances, in addition to the University Bicycle Code.
To further promote education and awareness of safe bicycling behavior, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana and the University of Illinois are offering an educational diversion program for cyclists who receive municipal or university ordinance citations. Under all three jurisdictions, traffic citations for cyclists may be reduced or forgiven by completing an online educational tool produced by the League of Illinois Bicyclists called the Bike Safety Quiz, available at http://www.bikesafetyquiz.com.