Biking Around Campus
Do you like getting to sleep in a couple extra minutes in the morning? Do you love exercising and being outside? Then bring your bicycle to the University of Illinois!
Riding a bike is a great way to get around the University of Illinois campus anytime you’re going to class, to the library, to a job–anywhere. The campus has over 9 miles of bike paths, so you can get anywhere you need to go easily and quickly by bike.
I’ve had my bike at school since my first spring at the University of Illinois, and it’s been a great friend on days when I was running a little late and needed to get to class fast. Also, riding my bike is one of my favorite ways to enjoy beautiful weather, especially in the spring and fall. There are a lot of great parks and bike paths around campus in the Champaign-Urbana community where you can go on relaxing recreational bike rides.
There are a number of great bike resources on and around campus. The Bike Project is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate community members on bicycle maintenance, repairs, and bicycle safety through services like the distribution and installation of free bicycle lights. The project has locations on campus and in Urbana.
Additionally, there are a number of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and community organizations for bicycle enthusiasts. The Illini 4000 is student organization at U of I in which a group of students bikes across the United States each summer to raise money for cancer research. Several of my friends have participated in the Illini 4000 and have described it as an incredibly positive and life-changing experience. Illini Cycling, a competitive bike racing team, is another RSO at the University of Illinois.
For those times when you get a flat tire or want to spiff up your ride with a basket or some tassels, Champaign-Urbana has a number of resources for bicycle maintenance and repair. Shops around campus include: Bikeworks, Champaign Cycle, Durst Cycle, Flats Fixed, and Kohlmann’s Bike Shop.
If you bring your bike, you won’t have to worry about where to park it. There are bicycle racks outside of every University building and residence hall. Make sure you bring a strong lock, though, since you’d hate for your unlocked bike to walk away.
And please remember to ride safely! Always wear a helmet and use reflectors and bicycle lights at night.
Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry. Check out our blog posts about other modes of transportation.