Students walk near the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Photo taken on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. (Photo by Fred Zwicky / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Whether it is within buildings or throughout the entire community, most of us are pedestrians at some point every day.

  • Take your safety into your own hands.
  • Even if you legally have the Right of Way when encountering vehicular traffic (including bicycles), be observant of your surroundings.
  • Look both ways before crossing any street.

Remember that the pedestrian always loses when it comes to pedestrian vs. car/bus/truck/bike. So be a safe and responsible pedestrian.

Campus uses high-visibility crosswalks to guide pedestrians to safe crossing locations. These crosswalks provide a consistent message to drivers and pedestrians throughout campus. No matter how you travel, we all must work together to avoid accidents.

  • A crosswalk painted on the street is a warning signal for vehicles to expect pedestrians.
  • As a pedestrian, you should only cross in designated locations. If you must cross at an undesignated location, yield right-of-way to vehicles.
  • Do not dart into traffic. Give vehicles a reasonable time to respond.
  • When crossing streets, alleys or driveways, look left, right, and then left again for vehicles, buses, and bicycles.
  • Try to make eye contact; this helps you to determine if the driver has seen you.
  • Pedestrians with disabilities may cross a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk where the intersection is physically inaccessible to them, but they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  • When walking, you may NOT leave the curb, or another place of safety, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. You must allow sufficient reaction time for oncoming traffic to yield.
  • “DON’T WALK” means DON’T WALK! You are legally bound to obey traffic signals where posted.
  • “STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS” signs do not give pedestrians free reign. Pedestrians are still required to obey signs and signals and use due diligence.

Pedestrian scramble

  • At a pedestrian scramble, you can cross N-S, E-W, or diagonally only when the pedestrian sign is lit. All vehicular traffic will be stopped.
  • There are 5 of these pedestrian scrambles on campus:
    • Green and Sixth
    • Green and Wright
    • Green and Goodwin
    • Armory and Sixth
    • Gregory and Fourth

Intersections without pedestrian signals

  • Regardless of whether or not crosswalks are painted onto the street, drivers must stop for pedestrians when:
    • The driver is at a stop sign or flashing red light, and the pedestrian is on the driver’s half of the street.
    • The driver is turning left or right with a red or green light.
    • The pedestrian enters the street before the traffic signal changes to green.
  • Except when facing a “WALK” signal, vehicles do NOT have to stop for pedestrians who are waiting on the curb. Pedestrian right-of-way only applies when they are inside the crosswalk.

Mid-block crosswalks

  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks, even when there is no other traffic control present.
  • When walking or bicycling, you may NOT leave the curb, or another place of safety, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. You must allow sufficient reaction time for oncoming traffic to yield.

Second Wind Running Club

Second Wind Running Club was formed in 1983 to promote running activities in the Champaign-Urbana area. Membership is open to people of all abilities interested in running, walking, and fitness.

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon course winds throughout Champaign-Urbana and the campus. Marathon weekends feature a health expo and full and half marathon races, relay, 10K, 5K, youth runs, and a wheelchair half. More than 21,000 people participated in the 2013 events.

Traffic Closures for Walk/Run

For information on how to do a traffic closure for a Walk/Run, please read the Traffic Closure Process. For university affiliates, please contact Facility Reservations & Special Events:

Many wonderful areas in the Champaign-Urbana community provide walking trails and are excellent destinations for a carefree stroll.

University of Illinois Arboretum

Japan House

Allerton Park & Retreat Center



Champaign County Forest Preserves

Greenways and Trails

Safe Routes to School

Related Providers

Transportation Demand Management

Transportation demand managment represents and coordinates all campus modes of transportation with an emphasis on safety and sustainability. The department works cooperatively with a number of university and regional partners to integrate multiple transportation modes.

Biker and MTD bus on Goodwin Ave.

Transportation & Automotive Services

Transportation & Automotive Services (TAS) includes the Car Pool, Garage, and Transportation. TAS provides fleet management services for the entire campus, including vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair, vehicle rental, oversight for campus vehicle purchases and operations, and transportation services ranging from material delivery to snow removal.

F&S van on campus