Bike at Illinois designates September 2021 as Bike Month

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI7) In the past years, Bike Month has typically been organized in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Champaign County has decided to designate the month of September as Bike Month this year. 

Bike Month is arranged every year to encourage Champaign-Urbana residents to start biking to the locations that they visit every day to help the environment, while also teaching bike safety.

“Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to GHG emissions, and bicycling is one of the most sustainable and healthy modes of transportation,” Sarthak Prasad, Sustainable Transportation Assistant at Facilities and Services and a member of the Transportation SWATeam said. “We, at Bike at Illinois, encourage our students, faculty, staff and community members to choose bicycling as their primary mode of travel.”

Last Tuesday was Bike to Work Day, where a record of 17 Bike to Work Day welcoming stations were placed across Champaign County. Community members were motivated to bike to work or class and stop by one of the welcoming stations to get free t-shirts, snacks and bike merchandise. Participants also had the chance to meet other cyclists along the way.

The 14th annual Light the Night event took place the same evening at three different locations on the University of Illinois campus. Illinois law requires cyclists to have bike lights when riding in the dark to increase visibility. Bike at Illinois gave away 800 bike lights this year to help enforce the law and promote bike safety.

“We have been continually improving our campus’ bicycling infrastructure to make it safer and more enjoyable,” Prasad said.

Additionally, the grand opening of The Campus Bike Center — a central base for the Illini cycling community — took place yesterday afternoon. The new facility is located in Champaign at 51 E. Gregory. Members of the community are encouraged to stop by and meet others who enjoy bike riding.