Urbana Bicycle Master Plan Recognized
Urbana's Bicycle Master Plan was recognized by the the Chaddick Institute and was featured in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal that past fall, 2018. The Chaddick Institute evaluated over 1,400 Illinois communities outside of the Chicago metropolitan area with regard to promoting non-automotive forms of travel. Their research was featured in an article in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. Click here to read the article.
Urbana and Charleston were featured for their work promoting bicycle travel, Peoria for its transit service, and Galesburg and Rock Island for promoting walkability.
- Data from the American Community Survey showed that 6.7 percent of Urbana's population used bicycling as their primary mode of transportation in 2016, more than twice as high as most other cities of its size.
- The Mulitmodal Corridor Enhancement project (MCORE) displayed Urbana's willingness to work collaboratively with the City of Champaign, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and the University of Illinois to improve non-motorized travel on several key corridors throughout both cities.
- A three-way agreement between Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois allowed for the launching of a dockless bike program.
- Planning for the extension of the Kickapoo Rail Trail into Urbana was cited as future improvement that will promote bicycling within Urbana.
- Bicycling is a prominent part of Urbana's culture. In 2014 and again in 2018, Urbana was named Illinois' first and only gold-level bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists.