(Washington, D.C.) – Portland State University (PSU) earned a silver “Bicycle Friendly University” rating by the League of American Bicyclists. The designation was announced Tuesday at the annual National Bike Summit in Washington.
This is the first year of the Bicycle Friendly University awards. The program recognizes colleges and universities that create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive, and provides technical assistance to create great campuses for bicycling.
Factors that helped PSU earn the designation include the University’s extensive bicycle parking facilities – including two secure bicycle garages – and the PSU Bike Hub, an on-campus repair shop focused on teaching bicycle maintenance.
“This is a great benchmark for us,” said Ian Stude, PSU’s transportation options manager. “In the coming months we will be implementing some exciting new programs along with suggestions from the League for improving our designation.”
The League of American Bicyclists is a 300,000-member organization that promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
“Universities have long served as incubators for developing bike-friendly cultures and practices, and that has a big impact on the expectations that students bring to the workplace and beyond,” said Bill Nesper, director of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America Program.
For more information about PSU’s bicycling resources, visit http://www.pdx.edu/transportation/bicycles.
About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the largest university in Oregon. 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.
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