Spring has brought beautiful weather to be outside–ideal for taking a walk. Maybe you walk for exercise, perhaps to a park. Maybe you walk your children to school. Maybe you even live close enough to walk to work, to shop, or to a restaurant!
How do you get to an MTD bus stop? Most likely, you walk!
If you walk for any of these reasons in Urbana, we want to hear from you! The City of Urbana has hired the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to develop its first ever pedestrian plan. Recommendations developed for this plan might improve your walk to the bus stop!
When can I give my input?
CCRPC and the City of Urbana are hosting eight public input opportunities to get your input on walking in Urbana. Anyone is welcome to attend any meeting. We are almost halfway through these meetings, but fear not! You have several more chances to talk to us about walking:
West & Downtown Urbana neighborhoods: Tuesday, April 25, 5:30-7:00 pm, Pizza M Back Room, 208 W. Main St.
University District: Thursday, April 27, 5:00-7:00 pm, Krannert Center, information table at Uncorked, 600 S. Goodwin Ave.
South & Southeast Urbana neighborhoods: Tuesday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Yankee Ridge School Gym, 2102 S. Anderson St.
Central Urbana (Historic East & Middle Urbana neighborhoods): Thursday, May 4, 5:00-6:30 pm, Urbana City Building, Council Chambers, 400 S. Vine St.
Citywide: Saturday, May 6, 8:00-11:00 am, Market at the Square, Walnut & High Street.
What are we doing at these meetings?
With the exception of Krannert Uncorked and Market at the Square, there will be a short presentation and several exhibit boards explaining the existing conditions that we have compiled thus far and the process for this plan. At Krannert Uncorked and Market at the Square, staff will be available to explain this information to you.
At all events, we are asking for your input in three forms:
- A walking preferences survey, asking about why you walk, and your feelings on walking on particular streets and neighborhoods;
- A comment card;
- A mapping activity, using large maps where we can record your typical walking trips.
Do you have kids? Bring them! We have walking coloring books that they can use while you work.
What other cool things are you guys doing at CCRPC?
Over the last few years, we have collected information on the approximately 700 miles of sidewalks in the Champaign-Urbana area to analyze the condition and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance of pedestrian facilities. All of this information is now available for the public to view on the CUUATS Sidewalk Explorer website.
Recently, we have also worked with University of Illinois computer science students to develop the BikeMoves Illinois mobile app (check out this Inside Lane post from September for more information!). If you bike in Champaign-Urbana, download and use the app; we want to know where people bike for an upcoming Urbana bike wayfinding study.
Stop by a meeting this spring!
RSVP to the Urbana Pedestrian Master Plan meetings is requested, but not required. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Gabe Lewis, CCRPC Transportation Planner, at email@example.com or 217-328-3313. You can also find more information online. We hope to see you this spring!
This blog post was written by Gabe Lewis, Transportation Planner for the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), which is a program of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC).