- May 03 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
I work from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the UCLA Immunogenetics laboratory. Since there were no convenient public buses to catch for the ride home, I would drive my car to work. However, with the Earn-A-Bike Program, that has all changed.
The TREK HYBRID bicycle is a nice bike. Weight-wise, it is a light bike. I had no problem lifting the bike onto the bus bike carrier on those days when not commuting round trip. It is a solid bike for those times in traffic when you must take the street pot hole. Of course, you do your best to avoid them; otherwise, you will damage your wheel.
What can I say about riding home at 2 a.m.? It is more fun than bicycling to work in the afternoon. You still have to be careful since there are still cars on the road at 2 in the morning.
Thank you for having the Earn-A-Bike program.
To find out more about our Earn-A-Bike Program, click here.
- April 26 2017
- Eddie Munguia
Bike Month kicks off next week, and we're here to help you live a healthier, more active lifestyle. The UCLA Bike Shop offers quarterly BruinBike rentals for only $65 per quarter!
These fully-equipped bikes are deluxe hybrid city-style 8-speed cruisers that come with front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, a rear rack, and a cup holder mounted on the handlebar.
Plus, with the thread of heavy rainstorms behind us, you can also expect to ride through some of the nicest weather that the city of Los Angeles has to offer!
With biking, there’s no need for a costly gym membership or a hard-to-follow workout regimen. Not only will you avoid all the stressful traffic on your way to work, but you will also strengthen your bones, increase your cardiovascular fitness, and decrease your body fat levels all while doing so!
So, what are your waiting for? Contact the UCLA Bike Shop to rent your very own bicycle today!
- October 13 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
Our Earn-A-Bike program is back this fall! We are offering UCLA staff and faculty the chance to earn a brand new, fully-equipped bicycle—all for the price of a parking permit.
Join Earn-A-Bike and receive a $400 voucher to Helen’s Cycles in exchange for your parking permit. Participants will be able to select either a Trek 7.0 FX (hybrid bike) or a Trek 820 (mountain bike). Both bicycles come equipped with a helmet, light set and lock.
For more information or to register for Earn-A-Bike, visit our website.
- May 27 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
Miss out on all the UCLA Bike Week festivities? Don’t worry. We’ll fill you in.
Hundreds of people biked into our pit-stops for Bike Week, and our Bike Luncheon was a huge hit! Attendees enjoyed tacos, ice cream and free Bike Week promotional items such as water bottles, T-shirts, bicycle repair kits and more!
Thanks to the UCLA Bike Shop, UCLA Bike Coalition, Helen's Cycles, Urban Tacos and Peddler's Creamery.
Check out all our photos here. Hope you enjoyed the ride!
- May 19 2016
- Eddie Munguia
It’s Bike Week! What better way to celebrate than by trying out one of these amazing bike trails that are here right in your backyard? Trust us, this is a list you won’t want to pass up.
- Marvin Braude Bike Trail: First on our list of the Best Bike Trails in L.A is the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, aka “The Strand.” Starting on Will Rogers State Beach, this bike trail stretches a total of 22 miles, taking you on a trip through the entire Pacific Palisades area. This beautiful stretch provides a picture perfect cruise for bicyclists and tourist hoping to experience many of L.A.'s beloved beach towns, such as Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan, Redondo and Hermosa.
- Griffith Park Bike Loop: Griffith Park, also known as the largest park in Los Angeles, has much more to bring to the table than just the L.A. Zoo, Greek Theatre, and the Griffith Observatory. It’s also home to a beautifully scenic and green nine mile bike loop famously known as the Griffith Park Bike Loop. Cyclist have the option of starting from the northern tip by taking Zoo Drive at Riverside Drive or they can advance from the south by taking Crystal Springs Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard. These two routes eventually join and form the famous loop. Don’t have a bike? No problem! Rental bikes are available inside the park.
- CicLavia: CicLAvia is an event that, in their own words,"catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.” This is an experience that as a cyclist, is truly unique and memorable. Make sure to check out their site for more info on how to register and details on the next location!
- The Donut: Known for its vintage feel and historic significance, The Donut in Palos Verdes is one of the oldest loops here in LA dating all the way back to the late 1960’s. This loop stands as a 28-mile directly following Palos Verdes Drive and along the Palos Verdes Peninsula from the south to the east and looping right back around.
- Santa Clarita Cloverleaf: Neighboring the Santa Clara River, this trail contains many picture perfect scenes along its great selection of recreational space for all cyclers. This bike trail is also very safe as anyone who chooses to ride through this awesome trail can also look for bike lockers just in case you want to talk a walk through some of the nearby parks. For a map of Santa Clarita trails and parks, click here.
- Ballona Creek Bike Path: This bike trail, which connects the coast and Culver City,directly follows the fabulous waterway for about 7 miles. This trail contains breathtaking views of the Ballona Wetlands, the Baldwin Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains. Start from above the Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Playa del Rey and take a stroll all the way down to Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver.
- Metro Orange Line Bike Path: Beginning at the North Hollywood Metro station at Chandler Boulevard and following the east valley, you will head up Orange Line Stations, where you will hit the one and only, Metro Orange Line Bike Path. Choose from class II and I levels which are made available to all riders available at this specific bike path. The best part about this path is that you won’t have to worry about parking if you are hauling your bike as this locations is adjacent from the MTA bus-way. Bike lockers and racks are also offered by the Metro Stations.
- Sepulveda River Basin Loops: This grandiose trail loops around the 2000-acre Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. It is also known for being a very friendly filled space for all kinds of bird life. This path is also one of the very few locations where you can see the Los Angeles River in its natural form. While this 9 mile loop may seem like a long ways to go, it is recommended to take the 2.5-mile section of the path that passes through Lake Balboa Park and Woodley Avenue Part's. Basic amenities are also provided along with some awesome outdoors activities such as boating and equipment rentals, fishing, golf courses, and baseball fields.
- Long Beach Bike Path: The Long Beach Bike Path, which starts Shoreline Village, stands as a 17-foot-wide concrete trail that provides a beautiful sight of the nearby lighthouse and cuts through the beach and leads you straight to Alamitos Bay. For more rides around the LBC, click here.
- Beverly Hill Star Home Loop: Want to take a peek at some celebrity homes that can only be seen in movies? If so, then this is the perfect ride for you. On top of this peaceful and exciting journey that you will have on this trail, there is also a Self-Guided Movie Star Homes Bike Tour nearby. Available 365 days a year,this path is approximately 3 hours long. But, do not expect a flat path as this place isn't called Beverly Hills for nothing.