Miles of trails infrastructure

In 2018, the urbanized area added the following off-street trail infrastructure:

  • Cunningham Avenue East Sidepath (from Kenyon Road to Napleton Way)
  • Country Club Road Sidepath (from Tom Powell Drive to east of Golfview Drive)
  • Curtis Road North Sidepath (from Fields South Drive to Curtis Road)
  • Fields South Drive North and South Sidepaths (from the YMCA to Carle)
  • Healthcare Drive East and West Sidepaths (from Fields South Drive to Staley Road)
  • Staley Road East Sidepath (from Curtis Road to north of Nicklaus Drive)
  • Leal Park Sidepath
  • Glenn Park Paths

Since 2015, construction of 6.7 miles of the Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to St. Joseph in 2017 made the most substantial increase in trail facilities. In 2015 and 2016, the urbanized area had 70.6 and 70.8 miles of trails. During 2018, there were 4.0 miles of new trail infrastructure built, for a total of 81.3 miles of trails. The table below shows the total mileage of trail infrastructure by year.

Miles of Trail Infrastructure

Miles20042009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Off-Street Trails38.955.356.6
58.0
62.2
64.2
65.170.670.877.581.3
Data Source: Champaign County Greenways and Trails

 

There were 80 unique recommendations (totaling 54.9 miles of trails) proposed in the Champaign Trails Plan (2011) and the Champaign County Greenways and Trails Plan (2014)  as high priority or short-term projects in the metropolitan planning area. The Urbana Trails Master Plan (UTMP), approved in 2016, added another 9 unique high-priority or short-term projects.

Completed Trail Recommendations

YearMiles of new trail infrastructureMiles of new trails that are high-priority projects in plansPercentage of completed plan recommendations
20155.50.42.8%
20160.20.23.1%
20176.76.715.3%
20184.01.017.1%
Data Source: Urbana Trails Master Plan (UTMP), Champaign Trails Plan, and Champaign County Greenways and Trails Plan

The table above shows the percentage of high-priority trail recommendations that have been completed from the three plans referenced in the objective. The 2017 progress on the Kickapoo Rail Trail raised the percentage of completed plan recommendations to 15.3 percent, which was a major increase from 2015 and 2016 numbers (2.8 percent and 3.1 pecent). In 2018, construction of the Cunningham Avenue East, Country Club Road, and Curtis Road North sidepaths added approximately one mile of completed high-priority trail infrastructure to the region, increasing the percentage of completed plan recommendations to 17.1 percent. Within the last year, there were nearly three miles, or 75 percent, of constructed trail infrastructure not included within the plan recommendations.

Although additional trail infrastructure continues to be added each year, about a third of the objective has been completed during 60 percent of the time frame defined within the objective. This performance measure receives a neutral rating.

Trails PM Summary

Goal Increase accessibility, connectivity, and mobility of people and freight to all areas of the region through the use of an interconnected multi- modal system of transportation that is cost-effective for people, businesses, and institutions that will increase the efficiency of the transportation system by allowing freedom of choice in all modes of transportation including active modes whenever possible.
Objective Complete 50% of short term shared use (trail) infrastructure recommendations proposed in the Urbana Trails Master Plan (UTMP), Champaign Trails Plan, and Champaign County Greenways and Trails Plan (within the MPA) by 2020.
Performance Measure Miles of different types of trails infrastructure Percent of the UTMP and CCGT plan recommendations completed
2016 Rating

There were 70.8 miles of trails in 2016, which is an increase of 0.3 percent (0.2 miles) since 2015.

3.1 percent of short-term trail infrastructure recommendations were completed in 2016, which was an increase of 0.3 percentage points since 2015. This performance measure receives a neutral rating as the rate of new trails construction in the urbanized area has been slow since 2015.

2017 Rating

There were 77.5 miles of trails in 2017, which is an increase of 9.5 percent (6.7 miles) since 2015.

15.3 percent of short-term trail infrastructure recommendations were completed in 2017, an increase of 12.5 percentage points since 2015. In 2017, the region added 6.7 miles of high-priority trail infrastructure for the Kickapoo Rail Trail Urbana to St. Joseph segment. Positive rating.

2018 Rating

There were 81.3 miles of trails in 2018. This was an increase of 15.2 percent (10.7 miles) since 2015 and an increase of 4.9 percent (3.8 miles) since 2017.

17.1 percent of short-term trail infrastructure recommendations were completed in 2018, an increase of 14.3 percentage points since 2015. In 2018, the region added one mile of high-priority trail infrastructure. Neutral rating.