Local bike group rolls out new guide

Local bike group rolls out new guide

A local bike group said its revamped guide breaks new ground for bicyclists and motorists to share the road together.

President of Champaign County Bikes Jeff Yockey said the group will release its 2014 Champaign-Urbana-Savoy Bike Guide and Map on Saturday.

Yockey said the group has been releasing new maps every three years, but this year's map will be digitally formatted so it can be updated every year.

Yockey added that the map has street layouts and diagrams showing 40 different situations that bikes and cars might encounter when they're on the road together.

He also said the map will help bicyclists find safe routes in all kinds of traffic and in areas around Champaign County.

The Champaign-Urbana-Savoy Bike Guide and Map will be handed out Saturday at Urbana's Market at the Square and will also be available at local businesses and on the University of Illinois campus.

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allstoveup wrote on August 02, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Let's hope the bikers address their own behavior when they decide ways that motorists can make them safer.  Yesterday afternoon, once again, I witnessed a blatant disregard by a biker of a traffic light.  I was travelling west on Florida and had a green light. He blew through his red light, going north with his head down, paying no attention.  He finally looked up when he was in the middle of the eastbound lane when he then swerved and continued on.  Had a car been approaching from the opposite direction, he would have been hit broadside.   Had he not looked up when he did, he would have hit my car broadside.  This flaunting of laws is not the exception; it is the rule.  I have seen so many cyclists performing every imaginable maneuver to avoid stopping at lights that it boggles the mind and I have seen very few abide by the rules of the road.  I have seen them weave in and out of traffic lanes and make repeated turns just to get through one light without stopping.  So many times I have seen them break every conceivable law and have never even heard of one being ticketed by police.  I wonder why they get the benefit of doubt from police, to the extent that the police would publish a request for witnesses to verify the cyclist's story when the motorist said the cyclist hit them.   I wasn't there, but based on my experience, I believe the motorist.

mikeyy wrote on August 02, 2013 at 10:08 pm

if you don't have a plate on a veichle, you are not paying  for road taxes,,,  stay off the road,, if you need training for a motercycle,, why not for a bicycle permit,,, more rev for the state to pay for the bike paths that go  no where that are used by few,,,,  how about fixing the the road s  with bike path tax $$$$$$$

fbenmlih wrote on March 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

I have 3 cars and a motorcycle that are taxed and I am paying my fair share of pot holed roads. So stop acting entitled and start sharing the road!

When I decide to ride my bicycle instead of drive, I have the same right on the road as any motorist. That includes taking the full lane if I feel that is the safest way for me to ride. You as a motorist need to insure at least 3 feet distance between your car and a bike when passing. That means, you need to change lanes to pass a bike. Bikers need to respect all signs and traffic lights on the road just like everyone else. Whoever is violating the traffic law should be ticketed. However, a new law has been passed that allows bikers to procede even if the light is still red because most lights are activated with the electromagnetic footprint of vehicles and bikes don't have that big of a footprint to trigger a switch to a green light. The biker still has to stop at the red light and wait for at least 120seconds before proceeding while also insuring the right of way to incoming traffic.

If you don't know the law, go read it! You don't want to hit a bike or endanger a bike with your behavior. My advice to you is to respect the law and share the road; that is a lot simpler than being sued or going to jail!

pattsi wrote on August 03, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I received a copy of the new, muti-colored, slick map at the Farmers Market today. Flash and dash. Creating more bike lanes just to get the demarcation as a bike friendly community. YET, within the criteria to be this bike friendly does not include the followwing--1. sufficient public works funding to maintain all of the bike lanes, markings, striping, etc. This is not being done--the markings along John street from Neil to Mattis, which is one-year old, is either obliterated or peeld off. The same happened along Philo within a similar time framework. 2. 99% of the bike lanes are not family friendly. In other words with young children riding bikes are not safe for this type of situation or an adult that has an extension holding a young child. I looked at te directos and illlustrations within the new map. I can not imagine allowing an eight-old to ride a bike to the park. 3. The bike lanes along Windsor and other like type streets physcal barriers to protect the bicyclists and runner. Rumble stripes just is not suficient. And now along Windsor are even more ingress and egress points--totally irresponsible.4.Until bicyclist begin to obey the rules of the road since they are quick to let us know that now via state law the bicyclsts own the streets, they ought to be shunned, ticketed, and bicyclists taken away permanently until they take a course on safe bicyling, have a license to ride, and the bicycled is licensed by the state.

The local ought to turn their time and efforts toward schooling individuals how to ride safely rather than creating yet one more bicycle lane, such as the new ones on Washington and east Florida that cause reduction in parking, convoluted parking configurations, and narrowing for pavement. No more new bicycle lanes unill every bicyclist obeys all the rules of the road.

Today I passed 4 bicyclsts passing through the Neil and Green viaduct. These individuals wer creating a dangerous situation for themselves and drivers. Why not work on getting a pedestrian/bicycle viaduct under the track at John street. Over 35 years ago, a group of us tried to accomplish this. Obviously no success. If that viaduct had been built then, the cost would have been much less and would have created a much better and safer east/west bicycle route along John. In fact, why not work toward creating a one-way couple with Green and John. This conceps solves both driving and bicycling issues.

ERE wrote on August 03, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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