Transportation Demand Management (TDM) collaborates with the Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) agencies to reduce vehicle miles traveled in the University District. Since the beginning of CATS in 1999, this district has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of vehicles on campus. This reduction is the direct result of a comprehensive effort on the part of all related jurisdictions to encourage active transportation rather than single-occupancy-vehicle trips. With rapid transit, the Campus Bicycle Shop, walking ambassadors, and Zipcars, students, faculty, and staff have multiple alternatives to driving their personal vehicles. From 2006 to 2011, all major corridors within the university district experienced a significant average reduction in 24-hour vehicular traffic volume with a 35% decrease along the university’s major thoroughfare, Fourth Street in Champaign.
TDM has hired a Campus Bicycle Shop manager and student employees to better serve campus customers and improve the visibility of the shop within the campus community. Two bicycle repair stations have also been installed and are maintained on campus property. TDM integrates complete street initiatives with dedicated bike lanes and is developing a bicycle network implementation plan. The department presents active transportation events such as Bike to Work Day and Light the Night, which has installed free lights on hundreds of bicycles.These initiatives helped earn the University of Illinois the bronze level Bicycle Friendly University designation in 2011 from the League of American Bicyclists.
The department analyzes and advocates for campus transportation needs by working with the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD), and Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) personnel. Full CUMTD bus service free access for students, faculty, and staff is available as part of a recurring Interagency Agreement. Two shuttle lots are provided on the edge of campus to make access to campus easier for faculty and staff. https://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu/themes/transportation