The university aims to provide a safe environment for all roadway users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists. As the number of bicyclists on campus increases, it is important to normalize safe and responsible bicycling behavior, such as using lights at night, obeying traffic signals, and traveling in the same direction with traffic on streets.
In addition to providing improved bicycle infrastructure and educational programs on campus, the university is promoting safe and responsible bicycling behavior through enforcement of state and local traffic laws for bicycles. Bicycle enforcement is not meant to discourage people from riding bikes, but to encourage them to ride in a safe, predictable manner for the benefit and safety of all road users.
The university’s Bicycle Ordinances, known as the University Bicycle Ordinance, was updated for campus-specific rules such as bicycle parking and registration, as well as riding bikes on campus property. New increased enforcement began in Fall 2014. This ordinance is now included in the CAM under: VIII-22 Bicycle Regulations
Traffic Citations for Cyclists
The State of Illinois Vehicle Code
states that bicyclists “shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” Bicyclists breaking motor vehicle laws such as riding the wrong way on a one-street or failing to stop at a stop sign can receive a state traffic citation under the Illinois Vehicle Code. In addition, the Cities of Champaign
each have municipal ordinances under which cyclists can receive traffic citations. The University of Illinois Police Department
(UIPD) is authorized to write traffic citations under the Illinois Vehicle Code as well as Champaign and Urbana municipal ordinances, in addition to the University Bicycle Code.
To further promote education and awareness of safe bicycling behavior, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana and the University of Illinois are offering an educational diversion program for cyclists who receive municipal or university ordinance citations. Under all three jurisdictions, traffic citations for cyclists may be reduced or forgiven by completing an online educational tool produced by the League of Illinois Bicyclists called the Bike Safety Quiz, available at http://www.bikesafetyquiz.com