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  1. Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) spring 2023

  2. Eco-Counter set installed and activated at Green and Goodwin

    A set of Eco-Counters were installed at the intersection of Green St and Goodwin Ave by Loomis Laboratory on Monday, May 9, 2022. This was a new set of counters with no groundbox, purchased in October 2021. This set of Eco-Counter was purchased using the SSC funding. These counters were activated on May 10, 2022, and they are now collecting and transmitting data. See attached the pictures of these counters.

  3. Eco-Counter set installed and activated at Armory and Sixth

    A set of Eco-Counters were installed at the intersection of Armory Ave and Sixth St on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. This is the last set of old counters that were purchased in 2019. These counters were activated on April 27, 2022, and they are now collecting and transmitting data. See attached to see the pictures of these counters.

  4. Bicycle Census spring 2021

    Associated Project(s): 

    Bicycle Census was organized on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 10-11 am. There were some technical difficulties and light drizzle during the event, due to which we were not able to cover everything on main campus. There were a total of 18 volunteers and we covered 21 map blocks. The remaining blocks will be covered by Sarthak Prasad and others in the next few days. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students transitioned to online classes, and the majority of faculty and staff established alternative work during the spring semester. This census data will provide a unique look at ridership levels during this period and offer important details about the traveling behavior of those remaining on campus.

    The volunteers collected information on the number of off-and-on-rack bicycles along with specific bike rack information, including the type, capacity, and how the structures are installed.

    Davis McGregor and Sgt. James Carter won the raffle and they will receive Illinois Coffee mugs.

    The information collected in this bicycle census will be updated to the F&S database once the new GIS support is hired.

  5. Bike Census volunteer opportunity (4/28) and TED Talk discussion (4/29)

    Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great Earth Week/Earth Month and have been able to attend a few (of the many!) activities this April. The Bike Census Spring 2021 is next Wednesday, April 28, from 10 – 11 AM. Bike Census is a collaborative, community-wide effort between Facilities & Services (F&S) and Champaign County Bikes that began in 2013 as part of ongoing improvement efforts to support the campus’ Bicycle Friendly University status.


    If you are available to volunteer next Wednesday morning, please sign up here. There will be a virtual training session beforehand at 9 AM. Two Illinois coffee mugs will be raffled off for student volunteers. I hope you are able to participate and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Sarthak Prasad (


    On another note, in celebration of Earth Month, the next iSEE TED Talk: Eco-Edition event will focus on environmental activism and individual versus corporate responsibility for climate change. On Thursday, April 29 at 7 PM, participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk presented in July 2020 by Xiye Bastida: "If you adults won't save the world, we will." Afterward, all are invited to participate in a guided discussion hosted by iSEE Communications Intern and ESES student, Maria Maring. Sign up here.


    As always, be sure to check out the iSEE Sustainability Calendar for upcoming events and programs and help spread the word. Have a great weekend!


  6. bike census postponed one week

    Associated Project(s): 

    The campus bicycle census encountered a hiccup today with the weather. Out of worries of a low count due to rain we are going to push the census back one week. Next week’s forecast is sunny and same temperature.

  7. Weekly Update

    Associated Project(s): 

    All, nothing major to report last week. Shop was open, people came in, same as usual. I coordinated with Working Bikes for our shipping event that happened yesterday. We packed up 317 bikes to go back to their warehouse in Chicago and then onto South Africa. There are still 67 bikes left that WB said they will return for later this fall. There is also a collection of the good bikes we are saving for ourselves. Those total about 50 or so.

    Our new policy of allowing for free used tubes hasn’t caused any problems. Maybe 5-10 people have taken us up on it. Surprisingly one person insisted on patching despite the free tube. That might change next Spring/Summer. It will also help to expedite peoples’ stand time, as it’s obviously quicker to grab a used tube than mess with patching.

    Tomorrow is the Bike Census. I will be helping Lily with that. I will also be shuttling the good bikes from the warehouse back to CBC and moving some over to the Urbana shop as well. CBC is currently packed to the gills with bikes.

    The numbers:
    Visitors: 91
    Sales (overall): $1,221.50

    Memberships: 11 for $330
    Bikes (refurb): 3 for $555
    Bikes (B-a-B): 0 for $0
    Tires/tubes: 18 for $132


    • Jake Benjamin
      Campus Bike Center Manager
  8. Bicycle Census 2017

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all!

    Tomorrow morning is the bike census and it is going to be a blast! The weather looks great and the campus will be very seasonally fall like.

    Tomorrow’s event starts at 10 AM and ends at 11 AM. You can finish early! But please finish your whole block or let me know! Training for the event is crucial, because as you start you might start asking some questions about what counts and other questions. Attached is the instructions we will be going over in training tomorrow. Event training starts at 9 AM-9:05-ish. I will have print maps for notes or problems.



    Download the app Collector by ESRI sometime today from your respective app store. It is free. There is a log in to the bike census. It is here:

    Username: BikeCensus

    Password: bikecensus2017


    Timeline for Tomorrow:

    9 AM to 9:45 AM will be training and answering all questions at the Illini Union, South Patio

    10 AM to 11 AM will be counting.

    11 AM – 11:45 AM if you can, please drop off paper maps for any racks that were not on the map and need to be hand entered. If you can’t, just scan or take a picture and email it to or


    Map Block Assignment

    Map link is here:


    Greg Briggs


    Aki Akhauri


    Aaron Hoyle-Katz




    Rand Hartsell


    Jeff Yockey


    Lily Wilcock


    Tom McGreary


    Marcus Ricci


    Kevin Garcia


    Ari Wolfe


    Daniel Dodinval


    Yazen Kashlan


    Colleen Williams


    Jake Benjamin


    Hila Kelly


    Lily Wilcock


    Lily Wilcock


    Saniya Rattan


    Honestly, I cannot thank all of you volunteers enough. Personally, I love technology and I love it when we can use it to make our communities better. Thank you for your hard work and James Whitacre at the Scholarly Commons and I will be typing away to process this information and get it in your hands and the hands of campus planners, engineers, architects, and administration.

    With all this being said, tomorrow have a good sense of humor, walk and bike quickly, and have fun counting every bike we can!

    Thank you,


    Lily Wilcock and James Whitacre


    Visiting Active Transportation Coordinator

    Facilities and Services

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    Give to the Campus Bike Plan Fund at

  9. Transportation SWATeam Meeting

    The Transportation SWATeam had it's first meeting of the year. They discussed progress on the Transportation iCAP objectives, the status of related projects and proposals, and their priorities for the year. The team identified the following three areas on which they plan to focus in the coming meetings: 

    1. Exploring options for offsetting air travel emissions

    2. Pursuing a comprehensive intermodal transit survey (one for students and one for faculty)

    3. Assessing the feasibility of various options to reduce emissions from the campus fleet

    The next meeting is on October 12th.

    Attached Files: 
  10. Bike Census 2016

    Associated Project(s): 

    Thank you for last year when you volunteered to count bikes with us!
    I am reaching out to let you know about this year coming Bicycle Census. Your help goes a long way each census.
    We are counting bikes from 10-11am on Wednesday, April 20.
    If you can't count then, we are looking for a few people to count the bike racks at a couple of residence halls at either 7 am or 7 pm on Wednesday April 20. If you are willing to count then, please indicate this at the bottom of the form. You will still need to come to one of the orientation sessions, so we can give you a map, instructions, and make sure you know how to use the GIS app for your smart phone.
    I've invited you to fill out the form April 20, 2016 U of I Campus Bicycle Census Volunteer Form. To fill it out, visit:

    If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out in Google Forms.

  11. Every Bike Counts 2015

    Associated Project(s): 

    Volunteers are needed for Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10-11 am to count bikes on campus.  (We also could use a few people who could count bikes at 7am or about 7pm at FAR/PAR and the SixPack/Ikenberry Residence Halls. So that’s an option if 10-11am doesn’t work.)   Volunteers will be going out in teams of 2-3, so recruit a friend to help you.  Orientation will be needed as this year we are using volunteers’ smart phones with a GIS app installed to count bikes.

    Volunteers can register here.

  12. email to participants

    Associated Project(s): 

    Happy Bike Census Day, 

    Thank you so much for participating in the April 2014 Bike Census!

    We are really excited to get a hold of the data you collected it and to tally the count. 

    Today (Wednesday) after 8PM and tomorrow (Thursday) before 6PM would be ideal. If you could please send me times when you know you will be at home or in an office, I will definitely try to stop by and pick it up then. I could also meet you at a specific time and place. Feel free to give me a call if that is easier. 

    If it's easy, you could also scan and email it to me. 

    Thanks again for participating! If you didn't get a t-shirt, please let me know and I will bring you one.


    Andy Kopp

    Campus Bicycle Planning Intern

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Facilities and Services