Where do you want to go?

Roughly 40 people turned out for "Getting Around LA Without a Car" on Wednesday night.

Representatives from UCLA Transportation, USAC Facilities Commissioner's office, Bruins for Transit, and UCLA Bicycle Coalition gave presentations on the nuts and bolts of using various alternative modes to get around LA.

Members of Bruins for Transit and the UCLA Bicycle Coalition mingle together.

Personally, I thought the speakers did an excellent job. I could tell they put a lot of effort into developing their presentations.

I did think, however, Herbie put it best when she said the best way to learn is to just do it. She encouraged those in the room to go on group rides.

And speaking of group rides, Herbie mentioned that her organization, UCLA Bicycle Coalition, is organizing a group ride next Friday, November 19th. I'll post the details when they become available.

It was unfortunate that the desks in the room were bolted to the ground or else we could've more easily broken into discussion groups. I also could've more easily shown off the UCLA Transportation departmental Bruin Bike I rode up from the Strathmore Building, or the UCLA BruinBus's real time information on the web.

Matt A., co-director of Parking and Transportation for the USAC Facilities Commissioner's office, hangs a map.

But there is always next time. The primary organizing force for this event, Malina T., wants to do something similar next quarter, but focusing instead on how to get to places. Maybe we should actually go on the road -- group rides or transit adventures!

I love chotkes.

Richard organizes UCLA Transportation's tchotkes.

Participants chat, study materials before the start of the workshop.