“CCB is a group of citizens working together to make Champaign County in Illinois the most bicycle friendly county in the Midwest.” CCB and the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) collaborate to produce and distribute the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy Bike Guide & Map (http://www.champaigncountybikes.org/map/), using a combination of existing facilities and user rated routes.
The CCDC Foundation has supported the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of Champaign County’s natural resources for over 50 years. CCDC Foundation initiates and supports a wide variety of coordinated and supportive programs to improve the quality of life—in both urban and rural environments, including the Kickapoo Rail Trail.
The GT Plan is an effort coordinated by CCRPC with local agencies to develop the county’s greenways and trails system. CCRPC also produces and distributes the GT Map, showing existing trails and bikeways in Champaign County locales.
Trails for Illinois’ mission is to enhance the quality of life in Illinois by connecting the state’s communities and countryside with an interconnected, multi-use public trail network, and by promoting the use of trails for recreation and transportation. Trails for Illinois’ vision is that every Illinois community benefits from trails, and every Illinoisan enjoys safe, active, and enjoyable outdoor trail experiences within 10 minutes of where they live. They want to make your doorstep and driveway your trailhead!
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.
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. NRPA’s mission is to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. NRPA’s vision is that everyone will have easy access to park and recreation opportunities in sustainable communities.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places—ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.
Heartland Pathways, a 33-mile ribbon of trails and wildlife habitat, is a natural and cultural treasure in the making in East Central Illinois. One segment runs along Illinois Route 10 west of Champaign.
“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.” Shops are located in Downtown Urbana and on the University of Illinois campus.
Prairie Cycle Club (PCC) is a long time Champaign County area recreational bicycle club. They lead regular bike rides for bicyclists of all skill levels, all season long, and organize the annual C-U Across the Prairie supported bike ride.
All CUMTD buses have bike racks on the front, and if the weather gets bad while bicycling, riders can use the bus to get their self and bike home. CUMTD is also a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB). These efforts support its mission statement: “Leading the way to greater mobility.”
The C-U SRTS Project is a community based organization staffed by CUMTD that organizes C-U Walk ‘n’ Roll to School Day, C-U Bike to School Day, bike rodeos, and other educational and encouragement activities for elementary and middle school-age cyclists. Efforts are funded using a federal SRTS grant with a local match.
- Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Dr.; Tel. 352-7600.
- Durst Cycle & Fitness, 1201 S. Mattis Ave.; Tel. 352-3300.
- Itty Bitty Bike Shop (inside That’s Rentertainment), 516 E. John St.; Tel. 384-0977.
- Kohlmann’s Bike Shop, 802 Westfield Dr.; Tel. 352-6348.
- Neutral Cycle, 624 S. Fifth St.; Tel. 979-2471.
- Campus Bike Project, 608 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
- Penn Station sandwich shop (Campustown), North side, 605 S. Sixth St.
- Illinois Terminal, NW corner, 45 E. University Ave.
- Hill Street Parking Deck (Downtown), NW corner, 145 W. Hill St.
LifeCykle is a community bicycle co-op, cafe, club, and class located at 79 E. Beardsley Ave. on the North End of Champaign. It is located one block from Beardsley Park. Visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LIFECykle or call 217-419-9580 for more information.