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To bike, bus, or drive?
Author: Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: August 13, 2012

Portland State takes alternative transportation seriously, and it shows. The University District is one of the most heavily used transit hubs in the city, with an average of more than 8,000 people arriving by MAX or bus each day.

Student transit ridership has reached its highest rate since PSU began collecting commute data, totaling 44 percent of student trips to campus. And in fall 2011, the share of student drive-alone trips to campus fell below 20 percent, the lowest level ever recorded.

University employees have a little catching up to do, however. From 2010 to 2011, the share of employee drive-alone trips increased to 28 percent—the first increase in more than a decade. 

But biking is on the rise for both students and employees. In 2011, bike trips made up 13 percent of employee trips and 12 percent of student trips to campus. Additionally, the number of bicycle parking spaces has risen from 424 spaces in 2004 to a whopping 1,850 spaces today.

The PSU Bike Hub offers a wide range of services to promote bike commuting, including bike maintenance workshops, repairs, rentals, route planning assistance, and the VikeBikes program—a commute-ready fleet of refurbished bikes that are available to students for a small fee. And each May, the Bike Hub hosts the Bike to PSU Challenge to encourage both new and experienced riders to commute to campus by bike.

Data on transportation choices are collected annually via commute surveys to both students and employees. Find out more about the 2012 Transportation Update here

For more information about sustainable campus commuting, visit