EUGENE, Ore. -- A University of Oregon student's bike commute presentation won a national transportation policy competition.

Environmental studies graduate student Kory Northrop took home the grand prize in the contest, which called for students to create infographics that would help people make informed decisions about transportation safety and economic development.

In a time when local, state, and national governments face daunting budget deficits, investments in bicycle transportation have become even more lucrative and cost-efficient, he said in his presentation.

Click here to see Northrop's Bicycling Commuting Trends in the United States

Northrop said he devoted more than 600 hours to the project.

We focused on bicycle/pedestrian issues in Salem as one of the 28 courses that were part of the Sustainable City Year Program that year and he did an awesome project, professor Marc Schlossberg said. It is thrilling to see Kory continue to fuse learning and doing; he is tremendously gifted.

Northrop said he hopes to use his skills to help communities work toward equitable and sustainable lifestyles.

He won a $2,000 scholarship and he will be honored at the Transportation Research Board's 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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