RPC Teams Up with the University of Illinois on Bike Light Distribution and Bike Registration

The 2020 Light the Night logo

Bring your bicycle to one of the following Light the Night locations on Thursday, September 24, between 4-7pm to receive a free set of bicycle lights to increase the safety and visibility of bicyclists:

  1. Alma Mater (Green Street at Wright Street, Urbana)
  2. Hallene Gateway Plaza (Illinois Street at Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)
  3. Campus Bike Center (51 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the MTD are organizing Light the Night. Volunteers will install more than 1,000 bike lights. Lights will only be installed on bicycles without lights; you must bring your bicycle to receive the free bike lights.

The RPC is supporting this event for the 13th year in a row. RPC staff will also be at all three locations to help University of Illinois students and community residents complete their 2020 Census forms if they have not yet done so. Staff will have computers and thank-you gifts available. People can also fill out their Census forms online at my2020census.gov before the form closes on September 30.

All Light the Night volunteers and participants are required to wear masks at this event and are asked to maintain social distancing. Please visit this website if you would like to volunteer for Light the Night.

For more information about this event, please contact RPC Planner Gabe Lewis at glewis@ccrpc.org.

Bicycle Registration

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign purchased a new national registration system that is open to all residents in Champaign County.

According to the University Bicycle Ordinance, bicycle registration is mandatory for all bicycles parked or operated on campus and owned by students, staff, faculty, University departments, community members, and bike share vendors. There is a one-time $10 registration fee per bicycle to purchase the Shield sticker (registration tag).

The RPC office at the Brookens Center in Urbana will be a location to pick up a Shield sticker when it reopens to the public. Learn more about bicycle registration on the Bike at Illinois website, as well as the benefits of registering your bike in this system. For further questions, please contact RPC Planner Gabe Lewis at glewis@ccrpc.org.

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