OHSU scores gold for its dedication to bike commuting

10/05/11  Portland, Ore.

The League of American Bicyclists has named Oregon Health & Science University a Gold Level Bike-Friendly Business. OHSU is the largest organization to have ever won a gold or higher designation and is the only university in Oregon to achieve a gold ranking. A total of 111 bicycle-friendly businesses were recognized for the commitment to bicycling at the Interbike International Trade Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada last month. 

OHSU has a large and active biking community. Efforts to promote and support biking at OHSU involve:

  • A financial incentive program to encourage bicycling
  • The availability of secure bike parking facilities
  • Extensive bike parking at the Portland Aerial Tram
  • An interactive Web site where bicyclists can track their mileage and progress
  • Free valet bike parking for bike commuters
  • A seasonal bike repair shop at the foot of the Portland Aerial Tram
  • Bicyclist resources, including a program liaison, maps, shower access, free bike tubes and tools
  • Events, workshops and prizes

"We're pleased and excited to be recognized for our bike program," said John Landolfe, who manages transportation options for OHSU. "The summer closure of our main entry road was a perfect example of our strong bike culture at OHSU. Thanks in part to our bike commuters, traffic congestion was minimal so that patients and visitors could travel to and from OHSU with limited delays."

Currently, the American League of Bicyclists recognizes 344 awardees in 40 states that span a wide range of industries from hospitals to the financial service industry. Other notable winners this round include: Microsoft, Random House, Mayo Clinic Health System‐Franciscan Healthcare, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage‐Minneapolis, Children’s Hospital Boston, URS Corporation and the National Geographic Society. In addition, Alta, a Portland firm set to launch New York’s bike share network and previously a gold winner, secured platinum ranking this year.

“We are happy to recognize these businesses for their investment in bicycling as a vehicle for improved employee health, social responsibility and economic growth,” said League president, Andy Clarke. “Some of the most successful companies in the world are showing that investing in bicycling is not only good for health and sustainability but also the bottom line.”

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. Special thanks to New Belgium Brewing Co. for a grant to develop the BFU program application. Learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America. The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle‐friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,310 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.