Case Study: Portland, OR

More than 4,000 Portland metro area students from 30 schools signed up to compete against Portland State University students in the Portland May 2008 Walk + Bike Challenge Month. The friendly competition was the basis for an encouragement program provided to the Portland community as part of its Safer Routes to School Program. In the Bike to PSU Challenge, PSU students and faculty logged their bicycle-to-school trips and tried to top the number of trips walking and bicycling to school that area elementary schools recorded. In October 2007, the City of Portland received $100,000 from the Oregon Department of Transportation for non-infrastructure SRTS programs that focus on education and encouragement at 11 schools. In addition, the city received $499,915 for a variety of infrastructure projects at 11 schools.

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