The City of Urbana encourages the use of bicycles as a logical alternative to the automobile for access to local amenities. Bicycling provides for the public health and well being of Urbana’s citizens, contributes to good air quality, and reduces congestion. With a size of 11.6 square miles and flat topography, the City of Urbana is an ideal community for bicycle commuting. Bicycling is intended to be safe, efficient, and a practical travel option for all residents and visitors in the city for both recreation and daily needs.
In November 2014, Urbana was named the first Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community in Illinois by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Just 24 other communities have reached Gold or Platinum-level designations, so this is a huge accomplishment!
The Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation is the culmination of many years of hard, dedicated work from countless individuals who are too numerous to name here (You know who you are!). Thank you for all of your time and effort! Next step: Platinum.
A Little History Regarding the Designation...
Urbana first received Bronze-level designation from the League in 2010, and the efforts in the past four years to improve all "Five E's" that the League focuses on - Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation/Planning - have brought the City up to the Gold standard. Urbana has strong bicycle groups, a comprehensive bike plan (currently being updated), a very active Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a whole lot of bicycle parking, and most importantly, many people who are dedicated to biking for transportation and for pleasure.
Bicycle Master Plan Update The City of Urbana is currently updating its Bicycle Master Plan! A draft of the plan is currently being reviewed by staff and will be released for public comment in November or December 2015. Please contact Kevin Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be contacted when the draft plan is out for public review.
C-U Bike to Work Day takes place each year in May as part of National Bike Month. Hundreds of registered bicyclists visit bike stations throughout the community for refreshments and prizes on their way to work. Urbana and Champaign even have a healthy competition to see which City can get a higher percentage of their employees to bike to work on C-U Bike to Work Day (in 2014, it was Urbana, again). Stay tuned for information about C-U Bike to Work 2015...
2012-2014 Bike Projects
Main Street Two miles of bicycle lanes were added to Main Street, between Cedar and Vine Streets and Grove Street to University Avenue.
Broadway Avenue Broadway Avenue between Water Street and University Avenue received improvements summer 2013 that include .25 miles of bike lanes.
Washington Street One mile of bicycle lanes was added to Washington Street between Philo Road and Dodson Drive during a resurfacing project.
Race Street Between Washington Street and Michigan Avenue, Race Street was reconstructed to include bus pull-ins and .25 miles of share the road.
Cunningham Avenue An eight foot shared use path will be added to the east side of Cunningham Avenue between Kenyon and Perkins Roads.
Safe Routes to School Grant The City of Urbana received a $199,000 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to install a large bicycle network to benefit Urbana Middle School and five Urbana elementary schools. The network, which will facilitate more students biking to school, included 2.2 miles of bike lanes, 0.5 miles of shared bike/parking lanes, and 5.6 miles of bike routes. The project also included installation of 112 new bike spaces at schools along the bike network. Over 1,200 students at the six benefiting schools live within 1.5 miles of their school, giving this project a lot of "bank for the buck." Installation of the bike network began in Spring 2013.