Important info gathered from campus cycling census

By Anna Carrera

Published 04/23 2014 03:48PM

Updated 04/23 2014 05:44PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Dozens of people scattered around the UI campus to track down all the bikes parked there Wednesday morning. It's all part of a bike census.

UI leaders did it for the first time in the fall. But, the weather wasn't great, so they tried for a better tally. They're trying to get an idea about the bike-riding population on campus, but this is even bigger than that.

For now, they're collecting information to find out how many people bike to campus and where they park. One of the organizers says about 50% of bike parking on campus isn't adequate.

They want to see which locations are in highest demand. Once they know that, they can see how to move forward in the future. The count all happened in one hour, between 10 - 11 am. That's the time frame when most people are on campus and in class.

Organizers say they've seen the bike community and support for it growing in Champaign-Urbana, as well as campus. They say the count is about continuing the conversation about bikes. Wednesday night, there's a public workshop about developing the city's bicycle plan at the Urbana Middle School at 6:30 pm.

Bike riders on campus also got an extra perk. People were offering to take a look at your ride and provide a free tune-up on the Quad.

They inspected tires and checked out gear shifts. If students needed new parts, they could also get those for a fee. They collected donations as part of a fundraiser for Bike Face, which is a student organization.

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