The fourth annual "Bike to PSU Challenge," a friendly month-long competition to encourage new and experienced Portland State riders to commute to campus by bicycle, will kick off May 1.
The event is being organized by The Bike Hub. It is modeled after the successful employer-focused version created by Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and provides riders the opportunity to log trip mileage on the competition Web site and track daily progress.
The Web site is biketopsu.com.
The site has a built-in emissions calculator that shows cyclists how much CO2 they are saving from being emitted into the atmosphere by choosing to ride rather than drive. Participants can also see the approximate number of calories burned as a result of their trips by bike.
Although this is the fourth year of the PSU competition, this is the first year that students, faculty and staff are able to form teams and encourage their friends to compete in the Bike to PSU Challenge as a group. Teams may consist of four to 10 members and can compete in a variety of different categories. New and inexperienced riders are especially encouraged to join the competition either as an individual participant or as part of a team-there is a special category for people who do not currently commute by bicycle but who would like to try.
Awards will be given to riders who make the most progress throughout the month, and a wide array of prizes will be raffled off to participants. The grand prize winner will receive a new Surly Long Haul Trucker Bike, worth about $1,100 and one of the best selling bikes on the market.
The Bike Hub is offering free hour-long workshops on bicycle commuting basics: Monday, April 25; Wednesday, April 27; and Thursday, May 5. All will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Bike Hub.
The PSU Bike Hub, located on the corner of SW Sixth Avenue and SW Harrison Street, was opened in January 2010 to provide support for cyclists and inspire more people to commute to PSU by bike. In addition to offering professional repair services, the Bike Hub teaches bike safety and maintenance, provides tools and workspace for self-service repairs, and sells essential bicycle accessories and parts. Students and employees can best take advantage of this resource by becoming Bike Hub members for $15 per term or $30 per year.
For more information about The Bike Hub, visit http://www.pdx.edu/bikehub.
About Portland State University (PSU) Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.