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PHOTOS: Rideshare Fair 2017

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Miss out on our Rideshare Fair earlier this week? Don't worry! Scroll down for a quick recap of what went down. For more photos, check out our album on Facebook.

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UCLA Rideshare Month 2017

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RideShare-2017_BlogTired of dealing with traffic or paying for parking? Join UCLA Transportation in celebrating UCLA Rideshare Month during October!

WHAT IS RIDESHARE

Rideshare is the shared use of transportation through public transit, carpool, vanpool, biking and walking.

PLEDGE TO SHARE THE RIDE

Pledge with UCLA Transportation to commute to UCLA by public transitcarpoolvanpoolbike, or foot from now until October 31. Those who pledge below will have the opportunity to win a Fitbit, Amtrak tickets, gift cards, Metro passes and more!

Click here to read the terms and conditions of both the pledge and prize drawings.

RIDESHARE WEEK CELEBRATION

Come celebrate with us at our Rideshare Month Fair on Monday, October 30, at Bruin Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participate in a variety of fun activities and prize drawings aimed at promoting sustainable transportation and a healthy lifestyle.

Wilshire Center and Medical Center employees can also join in on the fun by visiting us at one of our tables during Rideshare Week. Bring coworkers and learn more about alternative transportation, enter into prize drawings and receive free giveaways!

Please also join us for the monumental launch of Bruin Bike Share on Tuesday, October 3.

  • Monday, October 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center Dining Garden
  • Tuesday, October 3, Bruin Bike Share Launch, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Trimana Cafe in the Wilshire Center
  • Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza

Thank you for joining us in our quest to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Please Note: If you are pledging from a phone or tablet, please click here to complete the online form.

Southern California Leads the Nation in Air Pollution Deaths

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Los Angeles SmogFor Southern California natives, air pollution has been an issue we face every day. Unfortunately, a recent study paints a picture of just how bad the smog really is.

Researchers have found that more than a thousand people are actually dying each year as a result of Southern California’s infamously bad air quality. Pollution levels constantly exceed what's considered safe by health professionals.

And Los Angeles is the city with the most fatal air pollution in the entire nation, with a total of 1,341 estimated annual deaths. Riverside comes in at second worst with 808 deaths.

Nationally, air pollution related deaths were estimated to be at around 9,320 per year, a number large enough to account for the annual amount of deaths caused by drunk driving.

In addition to these deaths, researchers also found that about 3,225 people in the LA area will be hospitalized due to heart, cardiac or acute respiratory related illnesses because of air pollution.airpollution

It is more clear than ever that changes need to be made. There has never been a more appropriate time to make some lifestyle changes. Given that the transportation sector is now the largest source of pollution in the U.S., we encourage every one to try some form of alternative transportation.

Did you know that walking for two miles a day can decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 40%? Or that people who switch their commute mode from driving to public transit lose approximately seven pounds in the first year?

UCLA Transportation makes it especially easy for all commuters to ditch the solo vehicle trips and opt for something a little more green. We provide free bikes to eligible employees, affordable $60 bike rentals for students, free quarterly transit passes, one free month of vanpool, discounted carpool parking permits, annual monetary incentives for walkers, and more.

Fix our air, fix your commute, fix your health, fix your peace of mind. Be conscious of the risks outlined in this new study. Above all, be a green commuter.

 

Transportation is Now Largest Source of Pollution in US

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, the transportation sector in the US has produced more carbon pollution over the past 12 months than any other sector of the economy.

The new data from the US Energy and Information Administration (EIA) shows that carbon emissions from transportation have exceeded emissions from the electric power, industrial, residential and commercial sectors.

"These recent findings are an important wake-up call that highlights the need for urgent action to combat global-warming-causing pollution from transportation sources," said John Olivieri, National Campaign Director for 21st Century Transportation at the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG). "Over reliance on single-occupant vehicle travel and a failure to prioritize non-driving modes of transportation like transit, biking and pedestrian alternatives is having a profound impact on the health of our planet and the health of our citizens."Smoggy LA

Here at UCLA Transportation, we are committed to getting solo drivers out of their car and into some form of alternative transportation. Not only can alternative commute modes reduce the impact of climate change and improve our overall health, it can save you time, money and the stress of driving in traffic.

To incentivize our commuters, we are constantly striving to offer promotional items such as free transit passesfree bicyclescarpool discounts (with guaranteed parking for eligible students) and one month of free vanpool.

Do you want to do your part to combat global warming and reduce carbon emissions? Find out about our alternative commute programs here.

 

 

5 Ways to Green Your Commute for Earth Day

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What are you doing to make this planet a safer and greener place on April 22nd? With Earth Day rapidly approaching, what better way to celebrate than by playing your part in making Earth a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

We've compiled a list of things we city folk can do to give back to this planet we call home year round. Go big or go home, right? Don’t be alarmed though: We promise this list does not require for you to get your fingernails dirty or your shoes wet.

Here are 5 simple ways you can green up your commute:

  1. Go Electric. Electric vehicles are a man’s best friend. Yes, even above our own furry friends. These electricity-powered vehicles are able to transfer up to 80% of the energy stored in their small but mighty car batteries, unlike gas-powered vehicles that can only use about 14-26% of the total energy. And even better, electric vehicles emit 0 kg of CO2. Find your nearest EV dealer.
  1. Try an E-Bike. With so many shops here in LA solely dedicated to the sale and repair ofelectric and folding bikes, the time has never been better to try out your very own e-bike! With a brilliant combination of electric power and one's actual manpower, these bad boys will help you get in good shape for this summer—all while helping you do your part in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. Check out LA’s very first electric bike shop.
  1. Drive at the Speed Limit. Yes, I know this one may sound like something we’ve all heard a million times, but there is a lot more riding on this law than just the safety of you and those around you. Driving the speed limit can actually reduce fuel consumption by 10% and can reduce GHG emissions by 0.12 tonnes per year! Now that sounds like a law worth following!
  1. Service your vehicle regularly. Truth is, many of the negative effects that come with driving our vehicles can be diminished with something as easy as checking your tires before work. Driving with one tire under-inflated by 20% can result in the consumption of approximately two weeks more fuel per year, which not only reduces your vehicle’s tire’s life by six to nine months, but also increases your vehicle’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Even things like replacing clogged air filters in your vehicle can improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions greatly. So what are you waiting for? Show your car the love it deserves!
  1. Scoot, Blade, & Skate. Tired of the usual bike commute? Why not try utilizing other inexpensive ways to get from point A to point B such as rollerblading, riding a scooter or skateboarding!
    • Rollerblading’s increased popularity has captured the interests of many California natives. Plus, it has been proven to quickly improve your fitness and cardiovascular health while helping you avoid that heavy carbon footprint.
    • Skateboarding may not seem to be for the faint hearted, but studies have actually determined it to be a relatively safe sport in terms of injuries sustained. Join the other 11 million participants worldwide who have made skateboarding their own unique way of giving back to planet Earth! Also, don’t forget to join Go Skateboard Day on June 21, 2016, by skateboarding to work or school!
    • Scooters are a very inexpensive way to get to your destination. They are also gaining some real traction as an alternate means of travel for people of all ages. Additionally, they come in a huge range cool colors and sizes. I mean, what else could you possibly ask for?