Local Bicycle Groups & Organizations

Champaign County Bikes striving to make Champaign County the Most Bicycle-Friendly County in the Midwest

The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, IL The Bike Project offers a cooperative organization with space, tools and community to repair bikes, share knowledge, hold classes, and advocate for cycling in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Prairie Cycle Club long time Champaign County area recreational bicycle club. They lead regular bikes rides for all levels, all season long and organize the annual C-U Across the Prairie supported bike ride.

Wild Card Cycling racing club of Champaign and St Louis – lots of formal and informal riding and training opportunities.

The Illini 4000 for Cancer non-profit organization that holds an annual cross-country bike ride, dedicated to the fight against cancer, the support of those affected by cancer, and the documentation of how cancer impacts the lives of Americans.

C-U Safe Routes To School Project organizes the local Walk / Bike to School Days, bike rodeos, and has helped improve cycling infrastructure and facilities via grant funding.

League of Illinois Bicyclists This organization is very active in educating planners and policy makers, cyclists and the general public about important issues for bicycling and creating bicyclist-friendly communities and facilities.

Illini Cycling Illini Cycling is a bike riding club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their team members range from from casual to competitive, in the different disciplines of mountain, road and track cycling.

Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club This club builds and maintains the mountain bike trails and organizes mountain bike races at Kickapoo State Park.

BikeFace is a University of Illinois student organization that acts as a liaison between students and the bicycle community of the greater Champaign-Urbana area.

Resources for Riding

Tricks and Tips for biking to work from the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago.

Online Traffic Skills 101 Course by League of American Bicyclists. Free, online course – check it out and say you’re from Champaign County.

League of Illinois Bicycling adult riding information.
Share the Road: Same roads, Same Rules, Same Rights Seven minute video & resources about driver/bicyclist interactions. Watch it – and remind your local high school, Chief of Police and community organizations that it’s here!

Bike Law Card a PDF of state laws pertaining to bicycles.

CyclingSavvy – A Cycling Education Program of the Florida Bicycle Association – we have certified instructors here who offer this course. See here for information about CyclingSavvy courses offered in Illinois.

What to do after a crash Know Your Rights

How to Turn Traffic Signals Green While on a Bicycle Note — locally, often riding down the center tar stripe triggers the lights. Currently, cyclists are permitted to proceed through an intersection with a red light if it has not responded to the cyclist after a “reasonable length of time.”

Bicycle As Pickup Truck by John Gilpin
Many riders regard their bicycles like sports cars. Here I discuss the bicycle as an instrument for working trips, especially the carriage of cargo.

Bike Lane Information information supporting bike lanes as part of “Complete Streets” infrastructure.

Local riders’ sites

Gary’s links This has lots of useful bicycle-related links.

UIUC Bike & Ped Hazards Photos illustrating campus area hazardous

Geoff’s Cycling in Champaign County page of links

Urbana-Champaign Cycling Ventures Sue’s thoughts and experiences concerning cycling in the community

Bicycle Sites on the WWW Tom’s organized Bike Links

Mike Mega Bicycle Links has almost everything!

Community links

All of the CUMTD buses have bike racks on the front. If the weather turns bad you can find your route and toss your bike on the bus. I like to let the driver know when I am exiting and taking my bike off the bus rack. The bike racks accommodate standard, adult-size bikes. Folded folding bikes can be taken on board.