Bicycle Friendly Community
The City of Urbana is proud to announce that we were named the first Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in Illinois by the League of American Bicyclists in May of 2023. With the announcement, Urbana is proud to be one of the communities in Americato achieve Gold-level status.
“One of the goals of the Bicycle Friendly America program overall is to encourage communities, businesses, and universities to continue improving conditions for people who bike. Every time we update what it takes to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community award, we see communities respond by building bigger partnerships, investing in infrastructure, expanding their outreach, and more,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud the 45 Bicycle Friendly Communities that committed to the evaluation process and are striving to build a more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone alongside us.”
The City of Urbana recognizes that Bicycle Friendly Communities are places with a high quality of life, where people want to live, work, and visit. Working to make Urbana more bike-friendly means we're making it a more connected, physically active, and environmentally sustainable community that enjoys increased property values, business growth, tourism, and more transportation choices for citizens.
The application process to update our Bicycle Friendly Community status was rigorous. The City was greatly assisted in putting together the 2023 application by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (RPC). Many thanks go to the RPC and countless other people who helped Urbana achieve Gold status.