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Bicycling is an excellent mode of transportation in Urbana-Champaign. In October 2011, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was recognized as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Beyond campus, the City of Champaign has been recognized as bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League and Urbana has been recognized as a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Together, we are all working to embrace bicycles and to improve conditions for bicycling in our community.

What is the university doing to become more bicycle friendly?

Through the 2013 Campus Bike Plan and related projects and initiatives, the university is working steadily to improve the infrastructure, programs, and services available for cyclists on campus. You can learn more about these efforts and how to get involved on the iCAP Portal.

Is it required to register my bicycle?

Yes. If you have an active directory login with the university go to and register your bicycle online and head to the Campus Bike Center to receive a sticker for your bicycle. If you do not have an active directory login with the university, just head to the Campus Bike Center to fill out the form and then receive a sticker for your bicycle.

Where can I buy a bike?

There are a number of local bike shops in Champaign-Urbana where you can buy new and used bikes. These shop locations are noted on the Champaign-Urbana Area Bike Map.  

Don’t forget to register your bike, familiarize yourself with the rules of the road, and learn how to repair and maintain your bicycle for safe riding. 

What should I do with my bike when I graduate or move away?

There are a number of places to donate an unwanted bike, and students are strongly encouraged to donate or sell their bike rather than leave it on campus. Each year after graduation, the Parking Department collects hundreds of abandoned bicycles across campus. If the original owners cannot be identified or do not retrieve the bike, it is donated to The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, the Campus Bicycle Center, and numerous non-profits regionally and around the world.