Building walk-able communities
Make a green break. Champaign-Urbana residents already think outside the four-door box. In the 2000 US Census, the percentage of workers walking, biking, and taking the bus was 25 percent in Champaign. And thanks to these multi-modal transit folks, our community has a reputation for being less congested than other downstate cities.
Since 2000, MTD has been working to encourage biking and walking conditions in the Champaign-Urbana community. With the constant repair and installation of new bus shelters, walking to your next bus stop can have multiple benefits. MTD is working along with the cities, county, and school districts to make walking and biking safer and easier in our community.
Safe Routes to School Supporter
Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, school districts, and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, supporters are working to reduce traffic congestion, improve community health and the environment to make communities more livable for everyone. This C-U Safe Routes to School video is a great way to learn all about biking and walking to school safely.

MTD is a Co-Chair of the Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School Project that received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a communitywide education and awareness campaign that includes the following activities:
Promotion of National Bike to School Day in May
Co-sponsor of Bikefest 2008
Conduct Bike Rodeos to teach children safe cycling skills and rules
Sponsor of International Walk 'n' Roll to School Day
Workshops, trainings and clinics to improve safety for children walks and biking to school.
Develop publicity for school zone enforcement by local law officials
Billboard and advertising campaign to raise awareness of roadway safety issues
Join kids and families around the globe to walk and bicycle to school in October! Register for this year’s Walk to School Day or register to be a resource person for your area. Start a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school. Find ideas and share experiences at the Walk to School Day forum. You can even go global and find other countries that are joining the movement.
Healthy communities are ones in which people have choices in transportation. Being able to safely walk, bike, and take the bus allows residents to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lifestyles.

Finding ways to integrate physical activity into daily life by changing our environment to include sidewalks, walkable neighborhoods, bike lanes and paths, more parks, and increased options in transportation can make a difference in our community's health.

Evaluate your neighborhood's walkability! In addition to helpful questions, you can use this Checklist to provide both immediate answers and long-term solutions to your neighborhood's potential problems. Examine a route you frequent and use this Checklist to identify problem areas and things to change. We all must take heart in improving our sidewalks, roads, and paths. There are always improvements that can be made!
Talk the Talk. Walk the Walk.
If you’d like to encourage walking and other healthy lifestyle choices within our communities, you may find the following resources helpful.
The Active Living Network is a gateway to tools and resources for promoting active living and healthy community design.
A leader in promoting urban sustainability, CNT seeks to find effective uses of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change
Learn about the benefits of walking, get crash and safety facts, and learn how to address community problems.
From the Illinois Department of Transportation and Center for Neighborhood Technology, this handbook is a great resource to learn about driver and pedestrian responsibilities.
APA provides leadership in the development of vital communities.
The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership Action Network is a diverse, nationwide coalition, working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity and protect the environment.