Multi-Modal Planning

The MTD conducted a study regarding safety issues in University District locations where buses and bicycles intersect. The study was conducted in coordination with the development of the U of I Campus Bicycle Plan (see draft plan below.) T.Y. Lin International, who conducted the study, reviewed existing community and university documents, plans, and proposed bicycle facilities, analyzed existing conditions and safety concerns, and conducted workshops and surveys. Links to many of the documents reviewed can be found below.

The study included collecting input to help identify key issues and concerns. Feedback was solicited from students, staff, members of the faculty, and others involving buses, bicycles, and pedestrians on and around campus.

The final report includes collision and bikeway conditions assessments, additional education and enforcement measures needed, proposed changes to the campus bikeway network plan, and identifies the most critical safety problems and available funds to correct those problems.

Plans

This master plan for Boneyard Creek contains recommendations to improve recreational opportunities to and along the creek, including bicycle facilities.

The 2013 Campus Bike Plan proposes a safe, contiguous bikeway network that connects the existing and proposed bicycle facility networks in Champaign and Urbana. The plan also includes recommendations in the areas of bicycle education, encouragement, enforcement, and continued evaluation and planning to help the campus become more bicycle friendly.

Comprehensive plan for the City of Champaign addresses long-term recommendations in land use and transportation capital and policy improvements.

The Downtown Plan for Champaign recommends the establishment of a "bicycle route system into downtown and consider striping streets for bicycle lanes where appropriate."

Plan and maps for off street bicycle trails in Champaign.

Long-range transportation plan that recommends a "system of trails, lanes, and routes that would promote a network of bicycling opportunities." The bicycle vision chapter addresses short-term and long-term improvements, including land use and policy improvements to further integrate bicycle infrastructure into development and maintenance practices.

The University Avenue Corridor Study, prepared by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for the Cities of Urbana and Champaign, University of Illinois and CUMTD, includes the goal to "provide bicycle connections from the corridor to the rest of the community. Additionally, this study provides recommendations for bicycle facility improvements throughout the corridor.

The University District Action Plan identifies a short-term strategy for safety; transportation and parking; and infrastructure and aesthetics. This includes recommendations to improve bicycling facilities including expanding the bicycle lane, route, and path network, increasing bicycle parking, and calming traffic in certain areas to improve multimodal transportation.

This study reviews plans, policies, and design guidelines that are in place to guide the development of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the University District, as well as several focus areas within the District that were identified by a joint committee of stakeholders from the cities of Urbana, Champaign, the University of Illinois, CCRPC and MTD.

University of Illinois Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) Phase I (1999)

Executive Summary
Final Report

These studies (Phases I & II) identify the need to plan for multimodal transportation that is focused on travel to, from, and within the campus district. The studies include a campus circulation plan as well as recommendations to improve traffic flow for pedestrians, bicycles, motorists, and transit. Bicycle improvements are focused specifically on existing infrastructure that does not meet accepted bicycle facility standards on campus. An implementation plan is presented for infrastructure improvements.

University of Illinois Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) Phase II (2005)

Executive Summary
Final Report

These studies (Phases I & II) identify the need to plan for multimodal transportation that is focused on travel to, from, and within the campus district. The studies include a campus circulation plan as well as recommendations to improve traffic flow for pedestrians, bicycles, motorists, and transit. Bicycle improvements are focused specifically on existing infrastructure that does not meet accepted bicycle facility standards on campus. An implementation plan is presented for infrastructure improvements.

The Urbana Bicycle Master Plan proposed a bicycle network as well as recommendations to mitigate hazardous areas for bicycles including concerns for bicycle facilities in the Campus District. One major feature of analysis includes the Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS) which was used to determine the existing suitability of various roads for bicycle traffic. Proposed bicycle facility standards are taken from the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The City of Urbana Comprehensive Plan is a long-range land use and transportation infrastructure plan for the City of Urbana. It includes a recommendation to "promote bicycle/pedestrian access to major activity centers." The plan also includes a proposed roadway grid to improve overall connectivity in Urbana.

As a complement to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the Urbana Downtown Strategic Plan focuses on the downtown. This plan includes a recommendation to "designate Green and Broadway Streets as downtown bicycle access streets, prepare bicycle-friendly cross-sections; coordinate construction with CIP." Additionally, there are recommendations for increased bike parking and additional bicycle trails as well as on-street bicycle facilities.

Maps

Map showing average daily traffic for major roads in Champaign County. Data collected by CCRPC in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The University of Illinois is working with the Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) to develop a proposed bicycle network for the University District. This map shows the streets and paths with proposed facilities, labeled as bike routes, bike lanes, off-street paths, shared use paths, and undetermined. The undetermined items are under discussion by the CATS Bike Plan Subcommittee.

Design Guidelines

Streetscape standards provided by the City of Champaign include guidelines for the design of bicycle parking and its appropriate location within the right-of-way.

The crosswalk marking and signage guidelines for the University District show design and placement guidance for bicycle trail crossings at intersections.

This design guide for trails uses the standards from the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. Facilities covered include shared use paths (commonly referred to as "trails" of "shared use trails" in the text), on-street bike lanes, and shared lanes where bicycles use the same lanes as motor vehicles.

Crash Reports

This traffic crash report identifies crashes for motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and combinations of these three modes. The report includes a focus on bicycle crashes as well as bicycle-pedestrian crashes, particularly in the University District where bicycle and pedestrian activity is most concentrated.

Outreach & Education

The cities of Urbana and Champaign worked together to produce a bicycle education video to introduce the public to the bicycle infrastructure that is being installed around both cities and to teach motorists and bicyclists how to interact with each other on the road.

This presentation highlights efforts to encourage walking and bicycling in the University District through the revision of bicycle, pedestrian, and automobile parking policies adopted by the University of Illinois. The presentation identifies best practices from the University of Wisconsin.