The City of Urbana is working hard to make Urbana the most bicycle friendly community in the Midwest. In 2008, the City adopted a goal to “get Urbana bicycling”. Since then, the City wrote and adopted an award-winning bicycle master plan and began implementing dedicated bicycle infrastructure. Then, in 2010, Urbana worked with Champaign and the University of Illinois to host a community-wide ‘C-U Bike to Work Day’ to encourage residents to try biking to work or school for one day instead of driving. In 2012, the City supported a staff member in becoming a League of American Bicyclists certified bicycle instructor.
All of these initiatives are working on the “Five E’s” of bicycle friendliness: