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Bike Advisory Council

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL


bicycle graphicProvide your thoughts on how we can make Springfield a Bicycle Friendly Community

Leadership Springfield, in conjunction with the Bicycle Advisory Council, has developed the Springfield Bicycle Initiative, a survey on bicycle bicycle use in the capitol city.  The results of the survey are now available by clicking HERE.


About Us

The Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council (SBAC) was established by city ordinance to advise the Mayor on issues related to bicycling.  The SBAC is comprised of nine members.  Membership is voluntary and members do not receive any compensation for their services.

The mission of the SBAC is to promote all forms of safe bicycling in the community -- from recreational riding and personal fitness to using the bicycle for everyday transportation. 

There is increased recognition that riding a bicycle, whether for exercise or utilitarian purposes, can provide many benefits to individuals and communities overall.   These benefits include:

  • Improved public health;

  • Reduced road congestion and pollution;

  • Travel mobility (particularly important for non-drivers);

  • Lower transportation costs; Increased opportunities for tourism;

  • Enhanced quality of life.

As part of its role, the SBAC will identify barriers to cycling in the city and recommend policies and actions for improving conditions. The responsibilities of the SBAC include the following:

  1. Analyze routing, operation and safety of utilizing bicycles for transportation purposes;

  2. Evaluate and make recommendations for the development of a master plan for bicycling (on-street and off-street paths and lanes; signed shared roadways; bicycle racks; signage and singalization;

  3. Develop education and public outreach programs on bicycle issues;

  4. Work with the City to develop strategies that help make routes safer for children to bicycle to school and increase the number of children who choose to bicycle;

  5. Assist the City in the development of bicycle infrastructure within the community;

  6. Identify grants and other funding sources as may become available in connection with carrying out its duties; and

  7. Assist the City to coordinate routes and trails as appropriate through the Springfield Area Transportation Study (SATS) and other cooperative efforts. 


Current Members

Kevin Greene - Chairman
Lynn Miller - Vice Chair
Daniel Adair
Nancy Alexander
Janet Cooper
Bill Donels
Mike Eymann
Michael Higgins
Mark Rabin
 

 

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Meetings

The SBAC meets on the Second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Springfield City Council Conference Room, Municipal Center West, Third Floor, 7th and Monroe, unless otherwise posted.  The SBAC meetings are open to the public and we welcome citizen input and participation.


Contact Us

Contact us with any ideas for improving bicycling conditions in Springfield.


Resources

 

General

Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission, Alternative Transportation

 

Maps

Springfield Area Bicycle Map – The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) has developed a map, which suggests routes for bicycle travel throughout the SpringfieldShare the Road area. The back of the map provides resources and useful information for safer biking.

 

Safety Education

Illinois State Police Bike Brochure

Illinois Bicycle Laws Card  – a useful card listing laws related to bicycling.  Printed versions are available from LIB

Bike Safety Presentation  – Handouts from LIB’s “Bicycle Safety and Sharing the Road” presentation covering:  your bike, helmet, clothing; trail and sidepath riding issues; on-road biking skills;  hazards and maneuvers; tips for motorists; and bike commuting.

Safe Bicycling in Illinois – a booklet for teens and adults, printed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (out of print in 2009).

Bicycling Street Smarts – by John Allen.  This is a 46-page booklet covering essential aspects of safe on-road cycling.  It has been adopted by some states as their official Bicycle Driver’s Manual.

Bike Safety Sheets for Kids LIB has developed bike safety sheets focusing on safe riding skills for kids..  There are two versions: one for younger elementary school kids (Grades K-3), one for older elementary and pre-teens (Grades 3-7).

 
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