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  1. Weekly Update: Busy, M-F hours after Spring break

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Business as usual last week. We were especially busy on Friday with a wait for stand time. Today will probably be hopping, too. Warm weather and all. Should cool down by end of week and allow us to finish some for-sale bikes, as spring seems to be coming sooner this year. Only a couple more weeks before we’re open M – F. Be good to get the Tue/Thurs crew some public facing time, as they’ve been squirreled away working on our off-days.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 38
    Sales: $764.50
    Bikes (refurb): 2 for $350

    Memberships: 5 for $150
    Tires/tubes: 11 for $85


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  2. Weekly Update

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Most surprisingly, we sold a bike on Friday during the snowy times. Odd timing but if you need a bike, you need a bike! Can’t argue there. Got a new hire in pipeline, gearing up for some warmer weather this week. Probably means some busyness around here.

    Been working with my staff on lacing up wheels. Can’t speak highly enough of the instructional book and the staff have taken to it admirably.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 21
    Sales: $493.50

    Bikes (refurb): 1 for $160

    Memberships: 5 for $150

    Tires/tubes: 9 for $95


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  3. Weekly Update

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Run of the mill week here. Thanks to Todd for grabbing scrap over the weekend. This week I’ll grab some more bikes from the barn to fix up and/or scrap. Had a few sneaky ones that look good at first glance and are junk in the end. We’re getting a good stockpile of overhauled wheels ready for when folks’ bikes need new-to-them wheels.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 35
    Sales: $388.50
    Bikes (refurb): 1 for $200
    Memberships: 3 for $90
    Tires/tubes: 2 for$8


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  4. Weekly update

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Sneakily busy last week. Warmer weather this week will likely keep visitors darkening the doors. Still plugging away at the abandoned bikes. Had an interview last week for another student worker to bolster our team in advance of the really warm weather.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 43
    Sales: $615.50

    Bikes (refurb): 2 for $260
    Bikes (B-a-B): 1 for $50
    Memberships: 3 for $90
    Tires/tubes: 2 for $5


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  5. Weekly Update: Kid's Bike Giveaway, Busy in cold weather!

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    Happy New Year! Since my last email, we hosted our annual Kid’s Bike Giveaway. It was terrible weather with a steady cold rain, but we still gave away 70+ bikes in about 20 minutes. There was supposed news coverage with WCIA but I wasn’t able to track down the actual footage. Not an hour after we’d given away all the bikes, someone showed up with a couple kids bike donations. Already started on next year!

    The semester started last week, and we were surprisingly busy—even on Friday when it was a snowy mess out there, which meant it was a melting snowy mess in our workshop, too. A good problem to have.

    We’ll see how we fare this week with the freezing rain.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 21
    Sales: $283
    Bikes (refurb): 1 for $170
    Memberships: 1 for $30
    Tube/tire: 1 for $4


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  6. Weekly Update: Kids bike giveaway, Staff, Winter break

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, We’re down to a skeleton crew here as a lot of staff have departed for the semester. We’ll be fielding/repairing donations for the Kids Bike Giveaway this week, as a few last-minute folks have been reaching out thanks to mentions in E-week and the like. We’ll close after hours on Friday for the semester and reopen Tues, January 16th.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 23

    Sales: $264
    Memberships: 4 for $120
    Tires/tubes: 7 for $40


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  7. Weekly Update: Thanksgiving break, Kids bike donation

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Hope everyone had a good holiday break! Mine extended into Monday, so this is a day late.

    We got a few more kids bike donations come in the Friday before we closed for the break, so we are full steam ahead in soliciting donations and fixing them up. With the nippy weather we should have plenty of time to work on the donations we have so far and tackle some cleaning/organizing that always gets pushed to the slower and colder months. We’ll also continue to make progress on the barn bikes.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 24

    Sales: $476.50
    Bikes (refurb): 1 for $180
    Memberships: 4 for $120
    Tires/tubes: 6 for $61


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  8. Daily Illini article: UI updates partnership with Veo Cosmo trial

    Associated Project(s): 

    Read the article online at: This article was published on November 14. 2023.


    UI updates partnership with Veo Cosmo trial By , November 14, 2023 Veo+bikes+sit+in+front+of+Wohlers+Hall+on+Nov.+10.     Anh-Khoi Pham Veo bikes sit in front of Wohlers Hall on Nov. 10.    

    After the positive feedback surrounding Veo’s campus pilot program introduced in May, the University will continue its partnership with the transportation service and promote e-bike safety on campus.

    The University began its partnership with Veo Micromobility, a bike-share company promoting the availability of clean transportation, in 2019. The partnership allowed students to pay to use bikes and scooters through the Veo app.

    Over the summer, stemming from community demand, Veo launched a campus pilot project to introduce motorized class 2 e-bikes. Also known as Cosmo models, these bikes were meant to expand upon the University’s existing rideshare program.

    According to an article posted by the bike company Aventon, class 2 e-bikes differ from the previously offered bikes and scooters by providing “assistance when pedaling” and having “a maximum speed of 20 mph with a throttle.”

    Sarthak Prasad, sustainable transportation assistant at Facilities & Services, said that the partnership has improved transportation accessibility both on and off campus.

    “Veo is providing a service to campus for our students, whether it’s for general use, recreational use or fun,” Prasad said. “For the community outside the University, they have added a value for lower-income families.”

    However, Aidan Joyce, sophomore in LAS, said that the pricing of Veo rentals prevents him from using the service more.

    “I think that if (Veo) actually lowered the prices, then more people would use the new bikes,” Joyce said.

    Since the introduction of the Cosmo e-bikes, Prasad said that minimal safety and vandalism issues have been noticed by the University administration. Despite this, certain questions about e-bike safety for pedestrians on campus have arisen. 

    “There have been a few minor safety concerns, and we’re working with Veo on those things,” Prasad said. “It’s not just Veo — it’s with the increase in the number of e-bikes and e-scooters that we see on campus.”

    Prasad emphasized that the University is currently working on educational campaigns that promote bicycle, e-bike and e-scooter safety, including how to safely ride your bicycle while being aware of your surroundings. 

    Another issue that has arisen from the introduction of the Cosmo bikes has been the protection of public spaces for non-Veo cyclists. 

    Geofencing, the GPS technology Veo uses to ensure bikes do not enter specific “no-ride zones,” has also failed to prevent certain inconveniences for typical bikers on campus.

    “There are a couple of issues that we have seen with the geofencing restrictions,” Prasad said. “If Cosmo e-bikes are taking up all or a lot of the spaces, then there’s not enough room for people with personal bicycles to park in that area.”

    However, despite these minor issues resulting from the introduction of class 2 e-bikes, Prasad said that the response surrounding the campus pilot program was overall favorable.

    “There was a community feedback request back at the end of summer, and the response was very positive from the community towards this program,” Prasad said. 


  9. The Urbana Campus Renews Its Bicycle Friendly University Certification

    Associated Project(s): 

    Please see announcement online here:


    Campus Renews Its Bicycle Friendly University Certification

    Nov 16, 2023 | 11:54 am

    The Urbana Campus Extends Its Bicycle Friendly University Status Through 2027

    For over a decade, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) for its unwavering devotion to promoting and providing a bike-friendly environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

    Recently, the LAB renewed the university’s designation through 2027, based on continued efforts and achievements in advancing and enabling safe, accessible, and transformative bicycling opportunities on campus. The Urbana campus is among a select group of 221 colleges and universities in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are taking action to address the health and environmental challenges facing the nation by creating campuses more welcoming to people who bike.

    Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Facilities & Services Ehab Kamarah said, “We want to encourage even more individuals to regularly ride their bikes on our campus as a primary means of transportation. Being a Bike Friendly University exemplifies our commitment to making that possible by enhancing safety for active transportation modes, modernizing infrastructure, and supporting programs that make it easy, affordable, fun for everybody to bike.”


    Highlights of the university’s significant accomplishments include the following:


    • Completed 100 percent of the high-priority and 72 percent of the medium-priority infrastructure projects outlined in the 2014 Campus Bicycle Master Plan.
    • Installed an enclosed bicycle shelter that accommodates 96 bicycles near student residence halls in 2021.
    • Established automatic pedestrian and bicycle counters (Eco-Counter) at five traffic locations to better assess current bike land and pathway usage trends.


    • Created new bicycle educational videos with closed-captioning that are available for the entire campus community to view.
    • Organized a free “Learn How to Ride” bike rodeo class for university students.


    • Launched a community-wide dockless bike share program, operated by Veo, which currently provides 750 bicycles on campus and in the cities of Champaign and Urbana.


    • Partnered with the U of I’s Disability Resources and Educational Services unit to review all new construction, renovation, or maintenance projects to ensure that there is an accessible path available in and around impacted areas, including for bicycle navigation. Information about closures is also posted at and shared by university social media accounts.

    Education & Planning

    • Joined a national bicycle registration system (Project 529) in July 2020, which is now available to all university faculty, students, and staff, as well as Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy residents.
    • Collaborated with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), City of Champaign, and City of Urbana to improve mobility in the core areas of the community through a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The $47M MCORE Project transformed key corridors into “complete streets” with redesigned street configurations that emphasized dedicated bike lanes, added access to public transformation, and reduced multimodal conflicts.
    • Incorporated bike objectives and metrics into the Campus Landscape Master Plan in 2022.

    The university’s bike efforts and outreach are chronicled at More information about the BFU program is available at For questions, contact Sarthak Prasad, 217-300-9575.

  10. Weekly Update: Kids bike giveaway, Cranksgiving

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Busy week on the sales floor as the weather warmed up and we sold a few bikes. Also, got a half dozen or so kids bikes repaired for the KBG event in December.

    Over the weekend the Bike Project held their Cranksgiving bike food drive. Riders were able to collect ~400 lbs of donations to Faith UMC Food Pantry!

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 43
    Sales: $1,173.75
    Bikes (refurb): 3 for $530
    Memberships: 7 for $210
    Tires/tubes: 26 for $229


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  11. Weekly Update: Cranksgiving, Halloween last week

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Halloween was last week, and we are still awash in candy and Halloween-themed cellophane.

    Weather bumped back up, too, and we had a wait for stands on Friday. As the mercury goes, so do we. Accordingly, Monday and Wednesday project to be busy. 

    Getting some bikes on the sales floor and tackling some organizational projects; will continue to do so this week. Will also tackle some more kids bikes as we ramp up production for that.

    This coming Saturday (11/11) the Bike Project is hosting Cranksgiving, a bicycle ride/food drive to collect donations for a local food pantry. I’ll mention it to my staff and patrons this week.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 43
    Sales: $484
    Memberships: 9 for $270
    Tires/tubes: 8 for $59


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  12. Weekly meeting with Ethan

    Sarthak & Ethan Meeting 11/3

    Campus landscape master plan 

    • where there is a map, see if there is anything related to trails or sidewalks, see where they are mentioned, try to include that in our plan 
    • Include: Implement campus landscape master plan
    • Page 25
    • Main quad district (we can use the image on page 66)
    • On Monday, begin process of pulling out data from landscape plan 
    • Work in person on Wednesday at 1pm

    Evaluation section

    • Add implement campus landscape master plan 


    • put projects on the list from landscape plan 
    • Can use the images from the plan

    Wednesday we will organize the document 

    Equity and accessibility section

    • only talk about how we want Ada accessible

    Existing Conditions

    • can minimize words, do not need as much details 

    Crash Data

    • update graph 

    Landscape plan excel:

    • Look at bike factors in its goals/recommendations 
    • Any bike related projects, take note of them, and where they are located
  13. Weekly Update

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, Made some headway on the abandoned bikes and already have six on the sales floor. We tabled at the Green Quad Day last week as well. This week I’ll work on tallying inventory--and the marketing/publicity—for the Kids Bike Giveaway as well as getting regular bikes up for sale.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 47
    Sales: $862
    Build-a-Bike: 1 for $40

    Memberships: 14 for $420

    Tire/tubes: 17 for $131


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center

  14. BFU award notification

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Sarthak,

    Thank you again for applying to the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program! After careful review of your 2023 application, and in consultation with local cyclists and advocates, I am pleased to inform you that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is awarded a Silver BFU designation. Congratulations!  You should take great pride in the bicycle friendly campus you have created for your students, employees, and visitors!

    The official announcement of the 2023 BFU Awards will be made next Thursday, October 26, through the distribution of a national press release and online at We appreciate you keeping the news of your award private until then so that we may have a more effective and impacting message. We hope that you too will announce your designation on October 26th. 

    Included below are links to an announcement toolkit for your use, along with the 2023-2027 Silver BFU award seals. 

    2023 BFU Award Announcement Toolkit:

    2023-2027 Silver BFU Award Seal image files:

    We love to showcase our new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities on the League's blog and social media platforms! To help us highlight your campus as a Bicycle Friendly University, we invite you to submit photos and quotes about bicycling on your campus through our BFU Story Form!

    In the coming weeks, detailed feedback on your application will be sent via email and you will receive a Bicycle Friendly University award letter and certificate in the mail. If you would like to order additional materials to promote your BFU designation, please visit our online store here.

    Your award designation is good for four years, through 2027, after which time you will be reminded to renew. You are welcome to renew before then if your campus makes considerable improvements and would like to be considered for a higher designation.

    Congratulations again on your efforts, and I look forward to our continued work!


    Amelia Neptune
    Director, Bicycle Friendly America
    League of American Bicyclists

  15. Weekly Update: Abandoned bicycles, new staff

    All, Big news of last week is the abandoned bikes. Bike Project folk and I were able to take an inventory of the bikes that are available and given the number of bikes—fewest in my tenure!—we are not partnering with Working Bikes this year. I communicated as much last week and no hard feelings. If anything, they’re happy to hear we have less bike waste—and they would know, they’ve got a 3 story building full of bikes.

    This week we have a couple new staff members starting here. We’ll do some off-hours training with them.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 40
    Sales: $1,030.50
    Memberships: 18 for $540

    Tires/tubes: 27 for $212


    Jacob Benjamin
    Coordinator -- Campus Bike Center