Annual bike census to be held Wednesday

By Daily Illini Staff Report

“Every Bike Counts,” on Wednesday during the University bicycle census.

The annual census is held by the University and Champaign County Bikes to help make future decisions about bike parking and infrastructure changes at the University.

The campus is divided into 25 quadrants.

Morgan Johnston, director of sustainability in Facilities and Services,CC said the census has occurred every semester for about three years in partnership with Champaign County Bikes.

Volunteers count all the bikes parked in the c; on average, the group will find 5,000 bikes in one hour, she said. Last year, the census reported 5,657 bikes around campus.

This year, volunteers are primarily needed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are also needed at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m. at Florida Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls and the SixPack/Ikenberry Residence Halls, according to the Champaign County Bikes’ website.

Johnston said the volunteers indicate whether the bikes are parked at a bike rack or chained to a fence or railing so that they can identify where new racks are needed. This year, students will use their smart phones to count bicycles using GIS app, according to Champaign County Bikes’ website.

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