SafeWalks and SafeRides

If you are walking at night follow these guidelines from the Public Safety Department:

  • Don't walk alone
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Do not draw attention to yourself or your group, especially as you make your way home from bars
  • Disconnect from your iPod or mp3 player
  • Put your mobile phone away and pay attention to your surroundings
  • If something does not look right or your gut instincts say that you should cross the street, follow your gut
  • When you go out at night, have fun, but do not get so inebriated that you misbehave, have poor judgment, or become a target of crime
  • Most importantly, use your common sense!

If you find yourself in a situation where you need transport, take advantage of two services provided for the campus community: SafeWalks and SafeRides


SafeWalks is a courtesy service provided to University of Illinois students, faculty, or staff, so that they do not have to walk alone within the campus area. People who are interested in a SafeWalk should contact the University of Illinois Police Student Patrol.

Operating hours:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 9 pm-2 am
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 pm-3 am

Please give at least 20 minutes notice for the SafeWalk.

Contact: Call (217) 333-1216 or press an emergency phone button and wait for the dispatcher.


SafeRides is a limited MTD service that provides safe transportation for individuals who are generally traveling alone when no other means of safe transportation is available.

Operating hours:

  • Fall Semester - Daylight Savings in November: 7 pm-6 am
  • Daylight Savings in November - Daylight Savings in March: 5 pm-6 am
  • Daylight Savings in March - end of Spring Semester: 7 pm-6 am

There is no SafeRides service during summer session I and II.

Contact: Call (217) 265-7433 or visit