Lindsay M. Braun, an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, researches bike shares, cycling, and health. The new VeoRide program on campus promises a rich source of data: anyone with an app and the ability to pedal on two wheels can locate a nearby bike, unlock it, travel to their destination, and park it in any safe and unobtrusive spot for a small fare. Over time Braun can track ridership levels and evaluate how well dockless bike systems serve communities like Champaign-Urbana.
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Department of Urbana and Regional Planning
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"Experience is key. You need to find things that interest you and then mold them into something you enjoy and want to do."
Kate Pond visited Illinois during her sophomore year of high school and fell in love with the campus. Though she began her coursework as a political science major, she soon found a love for urban planning.
"There were small class sizes and a very personal feel in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, so I felt like I really fit in," Kate says.
With a top ranking from Planetizen (rated number one in the Midwest and eighth overall), the Department of Urban and Regional Planning provides one of the best training grounds in the country. Students receive a comprehensive education in modern analytical methods, the social and natural sciences, communication, and problem solving and can explore land use, social justice, sustainability, community and economic development, and transportation.