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.
Urbana is a Bicycle Friendly Community!
In December 2018, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Urbana with a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining 464 visionary communities from across the country. In achieving this distinction, Urbana is again recognized a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community in Illinois and part of a select group of communities nationwide to attain this status. With the announcement of 61 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities today, Urbana joins a leading group of communities in every state that are transforming the American landscape. 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 approved an updated Bicycle Master Plan in December 2016. The final plan can be viewed and downloaded here:
C-U Bike to Work Day
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 2019, it was Urbana, yet again).