We're wrapping up #RideshareThursday for the summer and kicking off August with Mandy, who is living proof that you don't need a car to get around LA. And now, if you're tired of driving in traffic and being stressed out by your commute, you can Try Transit with a free BruinGO! Flash Pass, good for any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. Live like Mandy—healthy, happy and stress free. Thanks for sharing your #UCLARideshare story!

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Mandy Smith

I moved from Georgia to LA in May 2008. Everyone thought I was crazy for not bringing a car. Everyone said, "Don't you know that public transportation in LA is awful! You'll never get around!" Well, that was 7 years ago. I'm still here. I'm still without a car. UCLA's commuter options make it easy and possible for me to get around easily! I ride the bus to and from work every day from Sherman Oaks. I have my pass so I can go anywhere I need. When I need a car, I have Zipcar on campus to help me get around. Now and then, I think about getting a car. But I also think of all the things I've gotten to do that most have never done. Every day I'm on my ride home—playing a game, reading a book, listening to music—not worried about the traffic because the driver has it covered. I don't stress about the traffic since I'm not driving. I don't stress about parking. And I have exercise built into my day—walking to and from the bus makes a nice excuse.  Oh, and did I mention—the savings?