A sweeter ride for campus bike commuters next week
UCLA Transportation and UCLA Recreation will be "sweetening" your bike ride to work next week with free giveaways, light refreshments and opportunities to share inside info on routes and other tips with others in the two-wheeled world.
It’s also a golden opportunity for campus computers to try biking as a sustainable alternative to the automobile and a fit way to get to work or classes. In recognition of National Bike Month and L.A. County’s Bike Week LA, UCLA Transportation has partnered with UCLA Recreation and Metro to celebrate Bike to Campus Week May 16–20.
Campus cyclists can take a break at three ‘pit-stops’ where they can pick up light refreshments, free giveaways and bicycle-related information, plus get a light bike tune-up provided by the UCLA Campus Bike Shop. Cyclists will be able to meet fellow cyclists and share commuting experience and tips. The Bike to Campus Week pit stops will be held at the following times and locations:
• Tuesday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Westwood and Le Conte;
• Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Tiverton Dental in front of the Dentistry Building;
• Thursday, May 19, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Ackerman Turnaround.
Before the pit stops begin, UCLA cyclists are being encouraged to ‘pledge’ to ride to campus anytime during Bike to Campus Week through UCLA Transportation’s Facebook page. The first 100 people who pledge will receive a free Bike to Campus Week T-shirt.
UCLA students, staff and faculty can even combine bicycling with public transportation to extend their trips. While all buses coming to campus for some time now have been equipped with bike racks or the ability to carry bikes, Metro recently approved having bikes on Metro Rail trains at all times, including rush hour.
UCLA was recently recognized with a bronze-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, in part due to such recent bike projects and programs as the Bruin Bikes Departmental Bike Program, the UCLA Bike Library, the award-winning UCLA Bike-U-Mentary short film, as well as the vibrant bike community on campus.
Published: Friday, May 13, 2011