UCLA Today recently interviewed Annelie Rugg, director and humanities CIO for the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA, about her regular 22-mile commute to campus on her bike. You might recognize her as one of the stars from our short film, Be a Smarter Commuter.
Rugg bikes to work almost every morning starting at West Hills in the valley, then passing through Canoga Park, Tarzana, Encino, the Sepulveda Pass, Bel Air and arriving at UCLA about 2.5 hours later. After work, she takes her bike with her on the LADOT Commuter Express bus to Encino, then rides the last ten miles home.
Even though it’s a tough ride (especially during the winter), Rugg says, “By the time I’m climbing the hill, my body warms up, and it’s just nice to have gotten it that way rather than succumbing to the car. I think with the benefits I gain from it psychologically, I overcome whatever else I might be feeling.” As a graduate student at UCLA and a staff member since 2011, Rugg has never owned a UCLA parking permit.
Watch a fantastic time lapse of Annelie’s full commute to campus: