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Bicycle Counts (Ongoing)

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To better understand the demand for bicycle infrastructure, programming, and services, as well as to better track the impact of past improvements, regular bicycle counts are recommended for the University to know exactly how many bikes are on campus at any given time throughout each school year. 

The University, in partnership with Champaign County Bikes, has conducted two counts. The first count took place on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The University District was divided into 25 quadrants, and 30 volunteers were assigned a quadrant. From 10AM–11Am, volunteers counted both on- and off-rack bicycles (i.e., bikes locked to lamp posts, fences, railings, the bike itself, etc.). 5,574 bikes were counted, and of those, 17% were found off-rack.

The second census took place on Wednesday, April 23. It was conducted in a similar fashion to the October count, with the same quadrant designations and timing. With only 23 volunteers, some participants conducted counts for multiple quadrants. Volunteers counted 4,739 bikes (11% of which were off-rack).

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Bicycle Counts at Armory and Sixth


  • Apr 22:

    The Eco-Counter was installed and activated on April 27, 2022

Bicycle Counts at Green and Goodwin


  • May 22:

    Counter installed and activated on May 10, 2022

Bicycle Counts at Illini Union


  • Aug 21:

    Bicycle sensor was set-up wrong. Sensor was not counting bicycles. It was corrected on September 1, 2021

  • Sep 21:

    Bicycle sensor fixed on September 1

  • Jan 22:

    Sensor battery of the Illini Union South Side counter. Counter sent for repair

  • May 23:

    North Counter non operational. Sent for repair. Data from South side only

  • Sep 23:

    North counter repaired and reinstalled.

Bicycle Counts at Wright & Healey


  • Sep 21:

    Counter installed and active since August 31, 2021

  • Sep 22:

    West side counter non operational and sent for repair.

  • Sep 23:

    West side counter has been repaired and reinstalled

Bicycle Counts at Wright & John (Bookstore/Transit Plaza)


  • Jul 23:

    Counter installed on July 19, 2023

Bicycles Counted

Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Lily Wilcock


  • Started October 23, 2013
    Started by Amelia Neptune