With college classes about to begin in public universities across the state, bragging rights between our state’s largest schools has unsurprisingly migrated from the gridiron of the football field to the Bike Commute Challenge website. Down in Eugene, Corvallis, and at the universities here in Portland, a number of professors, faculty and students have made significant efforts to sign up their colleagues and peers to show some school pride and compete for Bike Commute Challenge bragging rights. Ranging from the 27 Bike Commute Challenge teams at Portland State to the exciting bike facilities being built in Corvallis around Oregon State, it’s clear that our state’s schools are taking biking and the Bike Commute Challenge seriously. This is unsurprising, given Portland State’s status as a Gold-Level Bike Friendly University, and the Silver-Level status attained by Oregon and Oregon State by the League of American Bicyclists.
Today’s Bike Commute Challenge Photos Of the Day comes from Briana Orr, the Program Coordinator for the University of Oregon’s Bike Program. Briana is the captain for the University of Oregon EMU Outdoor Program Bike Commute Challenge team, and she rides to the University of Oregon campus in Eugene from her house in nearby Springfield. She sends in these photos and writes that her commute is a lovely-sounding “20 minutes of uninterrupted bike path bliss ” The University of Oregon’s Bike Program has been a great supporter for the Bike Commute Challenge, donating two University of Oregon-themed Nutcase Helmets for BCC prize drawings and encouraging folks across Lane County to join the Challenge.
Riding through natural areas and birding sites while on uninterrupted bike paths? Looks like Briana’s got an enviable route to work as she attempts to #bikemore and kick off each workday with a bike ride every morning. Please send in your photos of your Bike Commute if you think you’ve got her beat; you just might see it featured on this blog.
Happy riding, Briana!