Champaign “Bicycle Friendly Community” Recognition Event

Champaign “Bicycle Friendly Community” Recognition Event

July 9, 2013 / 6:15 PM

Corner of Neil Street and Chester Street, Downtown Champaign

This past May, Champaign was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bicycle Friendly Community.” This national recognition adds Champaign to the list of 259 BFCs in 47 states across America. The award highlights the significant advances the City has made to promote bicycling in the community as a safe and viable option for commuting as well as for recreation. Since 2008 the City has added nearly 15 miles of new bicycle lanes on city streets, added to the amount of bike parking in the Center City and has promoted safe cycling through numerous events in partnership with the other jurisdictions and Champaign County Bikes. Events include Bike To Work Day, Light the Night, and efforts in partnership with the Safe Routes to School Coalition.

A public event will be held on July 9, 2013 beginning at 6:15PM at the corner of Neil Street and Chester Street to recognize the Bicycle Friendly Community designation. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to ride their bike to the event. At the event, there will be a sign unveiling with remarks for Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and others. Light refreshments will be available and information on bicycling in the community will also be available.

Immediately following the event at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers, 102 North Neil Street Champaign, IL, the Bicycle Friendly Community award will officially be presented to the Champaign City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting.

To learn more about the free BFC program, visit