This blog promotes the use of environmentally-friendly alternative transportation options by bringing you news and events about sustainable mobility in the UCLA community and beyond. UCLA Transportation aims to reduce traffic congestion and provide affordable green commuting options for UCLA students, faculty and staff by offering subsidies for Los Angeles public transit agencies.
Now is the perfect occasion to get behind two wheels instead of four. All week, May 13-16, we’re celebrating the good for your health, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive transportation option. Our annual event is a great opportunity to learn about what makes UCLA a bike-friendly campus, like the almost 3,000 free bike parking spaces, a bike shop and bike share program, bike infrastructure, and an incentive and benefits program for green commuters. Why be caged inside a car alone when you could be getting regular exercise, saving money, gaining more control over your commute (bicyclists don’t sit in traffic), and decreasing your carbon footprint. Here’s how to get rolling with the bicycling festivities.
Use those street smarts and stop by one of our campus pit stops to commiserate with fellow riders, make new friends, pick up some free bike gear and get tips from the active transportation authorities.
Spring into action with these online bicycling resources. The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition offers online maps, a summary of traffic laws for bicyclists, safety tips, commuting tips and other information to help you get where you want to go by bike. LADOT also has great bicycling tips. And bicycling at UCLA information can be found here.
Take a seat and try Bruin Bike Share! Membership is affordable and gives riders access to the bike share systems in nearby Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. You can also just pay as you go.
Metro Bike Share regularly hosts free community rides and classes. Check their calendar for upcoming events.
Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 16 and LA Metro, LADOT Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, Metrolink and other local agencies will be offering free transit rides for bicyclists. Just show your bike or helmet to claim your ride.
Bicycling is the low-cost, zero-emission producing, and incredibly beneficial way to go. We'll see you in the bike lane next week!
In April we celebrated a decade of driver safety as Be Alert Bruins turned 10! Thanks to the nearly 1,400 Bruins who took our driver safety quiz (600 more than last year!), and are now more informed about how to stay safe on the road.
Congratulations to our winners of a roadside emergency kit ($49.95 value):
May is National Bike Month, and that means UCLA's annual Bike Week celebration is right around the corner! Bike to campus and visit one of four pit stops for free food, bike gear, and more! Pit stops will be held every morning from Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16.
To cap off the week, UCLA Transportation will be holding a Bike Week Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Plaza. All Bike Week Luncheon attendees will enjoy free food and receive promotional giveaways. We are also giving away free 2019 Bike Week T-shirts! Preregistration is required.
BIKE WEEK EVENTS
Monday, May 13
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 14
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Westwood and Le Conte
Wednesday, May 15
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lu Valle Commons
Thursday, May 16*
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Westwood and Le Conte*
Bike Week Luncheon
Thursday, May 16
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*Pit stop hosted by the UCLA Bike Coalition and supported by UCLA Transportation.
Due to limited space and availability, both luncheon tickets and T-shirts will be offered to the first 200 participants who sign up. We hope to see you at the luncheon and at one of our pit stops!
Baseball season is in full swing, and there's no better place to catch all the action than at Dodger Stadium! With all of its history, picturesque views, and a team that's determined to win it all this year, nothing beats a night out at the ballpark with family and friends (including fellow Bruins at UCLA Night!).
But in order to enjoy all that Dodger Stadium has to offer, you have to get there, and traffic in and around the stadium can make a true blue Dodgers fan red-hot. Go green instead by reducing your carbon footprint with these options for getting to Chavez Ravine, and with stadium parking now $17 in advance and $25 at the gate, you might even save some green as well.
Go Metro with the Dodger Stadium Express
Go Dodgers and Go Metro! LA Metro has many bus and rail lines that will connect you with the Dodger Stadium Express. The shuttle is free with your ticket to the game and leaves from both Union Station and the South Bay starting 90 minutes before the first pitch. You can also park and ride from Union Station for $8 or park for free at the South Bay stations.
Bike to the Ballpark
Think you can't bike to Dodger Stadium? Think again! Every entry gate is accessible by bicycles and there are bike racks all around the stadium. And depending on where you're coming from, biking may be one of the fastest ways to get there.
Did you know that Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren bikes to the stadium? Watch him ride to the ballpark from his home in Pasadena!
Rideshare to the Ravine
If you have to drive to the ballpark, why not take some others with you to share the experience (and the parking fees)? Although the easiest way is to carpool with friends and family, it might not always be practical if everyone's spread out. With ride-hailing apps, you can share a ride with those you don't know (and since you're all Dodgers fans, you're practically family, right?).
Lyft Shared rides and UberPool match you with others going in the same direction, and because you're sharing the ride, they're cheaper than standard Lyft or Uber rides. Dropoffs are permitted at any of Dodger Stadium's entry gates, and there's a designated pick-up zone in Lot 11 right next to the Sunset Gate.
Intentional Walk (to the Park)
Obviously not everyone can walk from their home to Dodger Stadium (like these fans did for 22 miles!). But when paired with another form of transportation, walking can be a great way to see the city and work off a Dodger Dog or two. For example, Go Metro and walk to the park instead of taking the Dodger Stadium Express. See how it's done from the Chinatown station!
How To Walk to Dodger Stadium from Chinatown (yes, you can) - YouTube
However you decide to get to Dodger Stadium, remember to give yourself some extra time and you just might arrive early enough to hear those rousing words, "It's time for Dodger Baseball!"
Hear the word on the street from these happy Long Beach Transit riders who include UCLA Health and UCLA Athletics staff, a U.S. History professor and an undergraduate student.
After two decades of working for the University, and trying all different types of commutes, Althea Nelson found the perfect ride.
Long Beach Transit Testimonial from Althea Nelson - YouTube
Trevor Griffey teaches courses about the workplace and is pleased with the newest public transit benefit offered by UCLA.
Long Beach Testimonial from Trevor Griffey - YouTube
UCLA Athletics' Andrew Abarca said, "I get on and basically just sleep or listen to podcasts or music. I'm saving money on gas and not stressing. The convenience has been really beneficial for me."
"Long Beach Transit has allowed me to commute to UCLA without it being a massive headache," said student Vicente Velasquez. "I saw this bus appear and ever since then I now feel like I can do well at UCLA and not have to worry about getting back home.
Take a seat alongside these happy Long Beach commuters and start riding now.