2012 Safe Routes to School Bike Facilities Project
The City of Urbana received a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant to expand its bicycle facilities within 1.5 miles of Urbana Middle School to facilitate more students bicycling to school. The proposed bike facilities will also benefit five of Urbana’s six elementary schools – Martin Luther King, Jr., Prairie, Thomas Paine, Wiley, and Yankee Ridge. The proposed bicycle facilities include 2.2 miles of bike lanes, 0.5 miles of shared bike/parking lanes, and 5.6 miles of bike routes. The project will also include installation of new bike racks – 112 spaces – at all of the schools along the proposed bike facilities. All of the proposed bike facilities were recommended in the Urbana Bicycle Master Plan developed by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for the City of Urbana in 2008.
The proposed bike facilities are anticipated to be constructed in the summer of 2013.