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Urbana Seeks to Increase Bicycle Safety with Bicycle Enforcement Campaign

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:

C-U Area Medicine Take-Back Program

Available immediately residents can safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Through an initiative called the C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program, the project provides collection boxes to allow residents to properly dispose of pharmaceuticals in an effort to help prevent drug abuse, to reduce the accidental poisoning of children and pets, and to limit the impact on the environment.

Residents may drop off unwanted or expired medications in the collection boxes located at:

  • Champaign Police Department, 82 East University Avenue in Champaign
  • Urbana Police Department, 400 South Vine Street in Urbana
  • University of Illinois Police Department, 1110 West Springfield Avenue in Urbana

The program accepts the following:

CU Gun Buyback

August 4, 2012 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Save a Dream - Secure Tomorrow

The CU Gun Buyback program will take place on August 4, 2012 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign. 

This event, open only to Champaign County residents, will give out a $50 VISA cash card for every functional gun turned in (limit of two guns per person, no gun dealers).

For more information or to view a list of frequently asked questions, please visit