For the second time, Portland State University has earned a gold rating on the latest list of Bicycle Friendly Universities from the League of American Bicyclists, placing PSU in the top six in the nation.
PSU earned the gold-level rating in recognition of its commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through promotion, education programs, infrastructure and policies.
The League of American Bicyclists this fall expanded its list to include 75 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 32 states and Washington D.C. Three other universities — UC Santa Barbara, the University of Minnesota and the University of Montana — are rated gold, and UC Davis moved up to join Stanford University in the platinum ratings.
"As our Bicycle Friendly University program grows, the promise for a more Bicycle Friendly America does, too," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "Colleges and universities propel our leaders of the future, and more and more of those students are choosing bicycles as their transportation option of choice.”
The percentage of students who regularly commute to PSU by bike has doubled from 6 percent in 2005 to 12 percent in 2012. In the past year, PSU has added more bike parking, created a low-cost bike rental program and started a new bicycle commuting class with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. The University also has an on-campus bike repair shop called the Bike Hub and the city’s first Cycle Track, an enhanced bike lane through campus on Southwest Broadway.