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  1. Traffic Skills 101 Course to be Offered on May 4, 2013

    Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) will be offered May 4 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the C-U Mass Transit District, 1101 E. University, Urbana. The course is designed to give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques will be covered. The curriculum is fast-paced and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. It is recommended for children and adults over the age of 14.

    Pre-registration is required. Contact Cynthia Hoyle at choyle@cumtd.com or (217)278-9059.

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  2. Free Cycling Savvy Course to be Offered April 25, 2013

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    Another Cycling Savvy course will be offered April 25. The course will take place in the Natural Resources Building, Room 101, 615 E. Peabody, Champaign, IL. There’s no charge for Cycling Savvy, which is open to anyone 15 years and older. No amount of cycling experience is required.

    Cycling Savvy will use a guided discussion, photos, illustrations, animations, and videos to educate attendees about safe and effective biking. The course will be divided into three sections: Knowledge of the Law, Knowledge of Bicycling Safety, and Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving. Knowledge of the Law will cover the legal rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Knowledge of Bicycling Safety will discuss the causes of bicycle crashes and how to avoid them. This portion will also show that cycling is safe. The third portion, Knowledge of Traffic Cycling Problem Solving, will assess several traffic cycling situations and how a savvy cyclist negotiates such situations.

    More information is available at https://docs.google.com/a/illinois.edu/document/d/1P2umXx0QhfWODK0jFhZ4B4pwp60bf03a5Idqj2WhwI0/edit.

    Register for the course at https://docs.google.com/a/illinois.edu/forms/d/1SMNljDSM33Ps420aPNx9ZNroRuKiTSNYzkcmtgiA9b8/viewform.

  3. CUUATS reported Grainger lighted crosswalk not recommended

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    The Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) prepared a report on the efficacy of the Grainger lighted crosswalk on Springfield Avenue at the Engineering Quad.  Due to high maintenance needs, difficulty with the light activation system, and a false sense of security for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Springfield Avenue, this system is not recommended for future locations on campus.  Safety for people crossing high-traffic streets can be enhanced with alternative lighted crosswalk systems that are more effective and provide more consistent safety improvements.

  4. Bicycle Project Updates: bike racks, bike parking, bike sharing, bike to work day, campus bike project

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    The SSC bike parking award is for $225,000 to install approximately 1,000 new bike parking spaces on existing concrete throughout campus. 

    The SSC and the Illini Union agreed to support improvements at the southwest corner of the Illini Union, where there are existing “donut-hole” bike racks.  These will be removed over the summer and replaced with stainless steel U-loops.  Additionally, the F&S Grounds division has agreed to plant an additional tree in that area, which will increase shading for the bike parking.

    Through Champaign County Bikes, the University has acquired 22 Varsity Bicycle Racks (which will hold a total of 44 bicycles) from Park-a-Bike in order to run a year-long pilot test of the racks. 10 of these racks will be installed for the year near the Union and the remaining 12 will be distributed in various high-visibility locations on and near campus, to be determined.

    The graduate student working on sketches for the Campus Bicycle Network improvements has completed a majority of the campus owned pathways.  In some cases, this has included site visits to specific areas, with the Transportation Coordinator and the Landscape Architect for campus.

    The SSC-supported Bike Sharing Feasibility Study student intern held a review meeting with the Bike Sharing Steering Committee.  The report is substantially complete and will be available this summer.  As part of the Feasibility Study, F&S released a bike sharing survey to the campus and surrounding community in late March, and accepted responses throughout April. The Survey received 1,168 responses from students, staff, faculty, retirees, visitors and members of the community. F&S is working with the UI Bikes section of Engineering 315, Learning in the Community (LINC) course, to analyze the data from the survey responses. Students from the LINC course also conducted a focus group with undergraduate students in conjunction with the survey in order to dive deeper into the topic of bike sharing with focus group participants.

    In preparation for the third annual C-U Bike to Work Day (BTWD), staff organized fundraising, publicity, volunteers, bike stations’ supplies, registration, and riders’ incentives. The University led the efforts to organize BTWD this year, in partnership with local governments and other agencies. BTWD is an opportunity to encourage and support new bicycle commuters across C-U, including students, staff and faculty of the University, in an effort to create a mode shift toward more bike commuting and less automobile commuting.

    SSC granted a funding request from the Campus Bike Project (CBP) which will allow the current part-time hours of the CBP shop manager, a University employee reporting directly to F&S, to be expanded to full-time. The grant also includes a small stipend for part-time student employees to help staff the CBP.  Sustainability Staff have been working with CBP representatives to develop the position description and conduct a job search, which attracted over 30 applications. The search committee, which included sustainability staff from F&S, as well as Bike Project volunteers and members, is currently in the process of narrowing the pool down to select a qualified candidate.

     

  5. Bicycle Facilities and Programs Projects Continue

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    Student intern met with employees at Christopher Hall to make recommendations for new bike parking.

    Submitted additional information about bike parking to the SSC, and were granted an award for $250,000 to revamp existing bike parking areas at various key locations throughout campus.

    Campus Transportation Committee met and reviewed all bike related iCAP projects. 

    Bike sharing survey went live from the LINC course, as described above.

    Staff met with employees at the Arboretum to make recommendations for new bike parking near the parking lot between the Idea Garden and the Japan House.

    Staff met with Housing representatives to discuss a potential pilot trial of distributed bike parking enforcement.  This would allow F&S to train and authorize certain key facility managers in proper procedures for impounding bikes parking improperly.  Housing will draft a proposal in the next few months, then F&S will discuss the merits with appropriate campus representatives (such as Legal Counsel, the Parking Department, and Campus Planning) and determine how to proceed.

    Sample Varsity Bike racks were provided for a one-year free trial to Champaign County Bikes.  The Architecture Review Committee approved testing them at the east side of the Illini Union.  The Union’s approval is pending an approval from SSC for the bike parking improvements at the southwest corner, with FY10 SSC funding.

  6. Progress with MTD, Zipcar, and Chilled Water extension project

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    There is a Chilled Water extension project planned for this summer and fall along Springfield Avenue from Mathews to the Grainger Crosswalk.  The Crosswalk pavement and ramps will be upgraded at that time, for enhanced pedestrian safety.

    Met with the Parking Department and MTD about the costs for transit service and faculty/staff access for the University in the new MTD contract for FY13-15.

    Met with the Zipcar partners in town about the status of the Zipcar program in the community.  Our account rep will be changing for the first time in a couple of years, and we are eager to keep the program running strong.

  7. MTD Contract Renewal and Car Sharing Promotions

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    Continued contract renewal work for the University and MTD three-year contract form FY13-FY15.  The students approved recommended transportation fees which will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees this spring. 

    Staff held weekly conference calls with Zipcar about promoting car-sharing on campus, and provided input to the University of Iowa and Eastern Illinois University regarding their car sharing plans.

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