See what the Daily Illini Editorial Board’s University Report Card (the University of Illinois’ campus newspaper) has to say about bicycle infrastructure on campus…

See what the Daily Illini Editorial Board’s University Report Card (the University of Illinois’ campus newspaper) has to say about bicycle infrastructure on campus…

… and, here we are almost two weeks after the last major snowfall and Mother Nature has all but gotten rid of the mountain of snow that was piled on the bike path (formerly not only blocking both paths, but also everything leading up to this point). If not for the predicted 6-10” of snow we’ll be getting tomorrow, in another few days this path would have been usable again.

… and, here we are almost two weeks after the last major snowfall and Mother Nature has all but gotten rid of the mountain of snow that was piled on the bike path (formerly not only blocking both paths, but also everything leading up to this point). If not for the predicted 6-10” of snow we’ll be getting tomorrow, in another few days this path would have been usable again.

One year later, same problem - Last year after it snowed all the sidewalks were well plowed, but the bike paths weren’t. This year it appears they went ahead and plowed all of the snow from the sidewalks into a mound on the bike paths. This is on the south side of the quad — there were similar mounds all along the path (and I imagine more on the others).

One year later, same problem - Last year after it snowed all the sidewalks were well plowed, but the bike paths weren’t. This year it appears they went ahead and plowed all of the snow from the sidewalks into a mound on the bike paths. This is on the south side of the quad — there were similar mounds all along the path (and I imagine more on the others).

New signage on the Quad! The University has installed Stop signs at both ends of the bike path that crosses through the center of the Quad. This one is presumably to stop you from careening into pedestrians on the sidewalk, but it serves double duty — it keeps you from running into the tree that is conveniently placed between this path and the connecting one. (see Quad bike path for location)

New signage on the Quad! The University has installed Stop signs at both ends of the bike path that crosses through the center of the Quad. This one is presumably to stop you from careening into pedestrians on the sidewalk, but it serves double duty — it keeps you from running into the tree that is conveniently placed between this path and the connecting one. (see Quad bike path for location)

A picture is worth 1,000 words! Now, along with the brand new yellow lines, the University is adding some arrows and silhouettes of bicyclists — long overdue but much appreciated.
In reaction to the new paint, a commenter on Reddit stated, “These paths needs to be sandblasted out of their misery and never spoken of again. They’re extremely dangerous.” Maybe a bit harsh but they then follow-up with some very good commentary. You can read it all here.

A picture is worth 1,000 words! Now, along with the brand new yellow lines, the University is adding some arrows and silhouettes of bicyclists — long overdue but much appreciated.

In reaction to the new paint, a commenter on Reddit stated, “These paths needs to be sandblasted out of their misery and never spoken of again. They’re extremely dangerous.” Maybe a bit harsh but they then follow-up with some very good commentary. You can read it all here.

The University has bought some paint! On my ride to campus today I was amazed to see a few sections of bike paths with some brand new yellow center and white yield lines. Pictured is the notorious intersection at Armory and Wright but I also saw new paint on the two-way stretch just south of Foellinger Hall and behind Busey-Evans Hall. I hope this is the start of a complete re-paint project. Maybe the east-west stretch cutting through the center of the quad will be next…

The University has bought some paint! On my ride to campus today I was amazed to see a few sections of bike paths with some brand new yellow center and white yield lines. Pictured is the notorious intersection at Armory and Wright but I also saw new paint on the two-way stretch just south of Foellinger Hall and behind Busey-Evans Hall. I hope this is the start of a complete re-paint project. Maybe the east-west stretch cutting through the center of the quad will be next…

I saw a ton of commuters out today — but none on the bike paths south of the Quad… they were all on the sidewalk. The walks had been carefully plowed but the bike paths were still covered in snow. You can’t see it in this picture but there was even a pile of snow across the path where little bit that had been cleared was piled.
(see Mathews - sidewalk vs bike lane for location)

I saw a ton of commuters out today — but none on the bike paths south of the Quad… they were all on the sidewalk. The walks had been carefully plowed but the bike paths were still covered in snow. You can’t see it in this picture but there was even a pile of snow across the path where little bit that had been cleared was piled.

(see Mathews - sidewalk vs bike lane for location)

Word must be getting out that people want to see some progress on bicycle infrastructure on campus. The University has posted an on-line Campus Bicycle Feedback Form. From the page: “Thank you for sharing feedback about your experiences biking on campus. Every submission is received by Facilities & Services and will be taken into consideration as we plan future improvements and continue our efforts to make the campus more bicycle friendly.” Let’s hope we see some follow-up to submissions.

(you can find the form here)

Half Bike Path, Half Bush! This awesome bit of infrastructure can be found on Sixth Street by the Library. Follow that badly faded yellow line… straight into the bush. Certainly this one is an easy fix — no concrete, no paint, no heavy lifting. Let’s hope it gets fixed soon. But really, it should never have gotten this way in the first place — it certainly doesn’t hang over the sidewalk on the other side.
(see Sixth Street by Library for location)

Half Bike Path, Half Bush! This awesome bit of infrastructure can be found on Sixth Street by the Library. Follow that badly faded yellow line… straight into the bush. Certainly this one is an easy fix — no concrete, no paint, no heavy lifting. Let’s hope it gets fixed soon. But really, it should never have gotten this way in the first place — it certainly doesn’t hang over the sidewalk on the other side.

(see Sixth Street by Library for location)

Good and bad news. The good news is that the fencing that was blocking the northbound bike lane on Mathews is now gone. The bad news is there is (and has been since the fence came down) a giant pile of brush across the bike path. Once again, you are forced into the street, heading the wrong way, to hook up with the path on the other side of the street. Hopefully this will get cleaned up soon — but why is it piled there in the first place?
UPDATE: Behold the power of tumblr — the shrubbery pile has been cleared and bicyclists are one again free to travel north and south on the full-length of the Mathews Avenue bike path. Granted, you’ll still have to criss-cross the street a few times in as many blocks but at least it’s navigable again.
(see Mathews southbound for location)

Good and bad news. The good news is that the fencing that was blocking the northbound bike lane on Mathews is now gone. The bad news is there is (and has been since the fence came down) a giant pile of brush across the bike path. Once again, you are forced into the street, heading the wrong way, to hook up with the path on the other side of the street. Hopefully this will get cleaned up soon — but why is it piled there in the first place?

UPDATE: Behold the power of tumblr — the shrubbery pile has been cleared and bicyclists are one again free to travel north and south on the full-length of the Mathews Avenue bike path. Granted, you’ll still have to criss-cross the street a few times in as many blocks but at least it’s navigable again.

(see Mathews southbound for location)