The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and MTD are planning to organize Light the Night event. Each fall for the last 12 years, the member agencies of the Light the Night Organizing Group, along with volunteers, have installed 800 to 1,000 bike light sets on bikes in the Urbana-Champaign area. Safety of bicyclists on our campus community is of the highest importance, and as the days grow shorter in the fall and more people are bicycling at night, it is essential to promote safety measures. Illinois Law requires all bicycles to have lights at night, but it does not require that bikes be sold with light sets and many bicycle riders are not aware of the law. This event is meant to improve safety on campus and in the community by providing bike lights to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
This event is funded by the City of Urbana, the City of Champaign, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I), and Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD).
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This year, Light the Night distribution event will be held at three outside locations:
- Wright Street and Green Street, near the Alma Mater
- Lincoln Avenue and Illinois Street, near the Hallene Gateway
- Campus Bike Center at 51 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign
The Alma Mater location and the Hallene Gateway locations have hosted this event over the last several years, and this year Campus Bike Center has been added as a host location. The distribution times will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on September 24, 2020. Attendees are required to bring their bicycles for the free installation.