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Portland State University, located in downtown Portland, was ranked among the six most bike friendly universities in the nation. Photographed here, cyclists climb the Burnside Bridge (Jeff Mapes/The Oregonian)
Portland State University was ranked among the six most bike-friendly universities in the nation by the League of American Bicyclists, which gave the downtown school a gold award.
The university was one of four schools nationwide with a gold designation. Two schools -- Stanford University and the University of California -- received a platinum rank.
The university received praise from the league for their rental program that provides bikes to students for $45 per term, said Ian Stude, a manager for transportation and parking services at the school. That cost includes a helmet, lights, rack or basket, lock, quarterly membership to the repair shop and quarterly bike parking permit for use of special bike garages.
Moving up to platinum is an important goal for PSU, Stude said. The league's main recommendation for achieving this goal, he said, is to create more facilities like protected bike lanes that would make cycling around campus safer.
"As an urban university there are some things that other university's have control over that we don't," Stude said, like roads.
The school must partner with the city's transportation bureau to make changes to the roads — a process that is more complicated and time intensive than it would be if the school had control -- but Stude said the time and effort is worth it.
"Obviously in America's platinum level bicycle city we want to be a platinum level university," Stude said.
The University of Oregon and Oregon State University, the only other Oregon schools ranked, were among 22 universities awarded a silver award.