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[VIDEO] BruinBikeSmart SCAG Award

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FullSizeRenderUCLA Transportation was recently presented with a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) award for our BruinBikeSmart citation diversion program, the first of its kind in LA county.

To celebrate this accomplishment, SCAG put together this video to highlight our BikeSmart program. Check it out!

Sustainability Awards 2017: UCLA from SCAG on Vimeo.

Have You Seen the New Bike Counter On Campus?

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Bike-Counter-WestwoodThere’s some fresh number crunching going on at UCLA. The counting isn’t happening within the halls of the department of mathematics, but rather outdoors, near a tree-lined campus entry point. Just in time for National Bike Month, the University has added a second automated bike counter.

The new device is situated on Westwood Plaza, a main portal to campus. Surveys, bike parking counts and Los Angeles Bike Coalition records estimate there are currently 3,000 riders putting pedal to the metal around campus.

Across the nation, in cities with a similar urban geography to Los Angeles such as Seattle, Portland and Boston, bike counters are proving essential to building support and improving conditions for the cycling community. Planners use the bike circulation numbers to justify bike infrastructure. Bike citizens get to experience a rush seeing their pedaling presence instantaneously noted on streets crowded with personal vehicles, buses and pedestrians.

At UCLA, bikes count. Our original cyclist monitoring system—the first such device ever installed in Southern California—was fitted in 2013 on the southern side of

Bike counter on Strathmore Plaza

Bike counter on Strathmore Plaza

Strathmore Plaza. Manufactured by Eco Counter, the device works through sensors in the pavement calibrated to only be triggered by bikes, which produce an electromagnetic signature. That pulse is then reflected on a digital screen, providing real-time information, tallying and displaying the daily and annual number of riders who cycle by.

The University also has a Bike Master Plan, which outlines efforts to improve cycling conditions and promote bicycling as a transportation mode on, to and from campus. Policies and programs to support and accommodate bicycling include construction of more bikeways, a signage plan, improved bicycle parking, financial incentives for bicycle use, and safety and education classes.

Bike counts pave the way for a more bike-friendly campus. The tallies help determine travel patterns, track trends over time, evaluate the effectiveness of current efforts to promote this mode of transportation, assess demand and prioritize improvement projects.

The counters may be a small part of a larger active transportation initiative, but the figures they calculate provide valuable information about patterns of cycling that can inform decision-making.

“The latest bike counter is a powerful statement," said UCLA Active Transportation Planner Jimmy Tran. "For riders, it’s a dynamic visual recognition that bicycling is valued at UCLA. The more we invest in bike infrastructure around campus, the more people want to bike. It’s a balancing effect.”

 

 

The ABC’s of Bike Safety

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UCLA's Bike Week festivities may have come to an end, but National Bike Month is still in full swing. As an academic institution, we’re all about instilling the ABCs, and this is the perfect occasion for a refresher course on the nuts and bolts of bike safety. Whether you’re fresh off the training wheels or a long-distance cyclist, it never hurts to study up.

A is for air. Check the tire pressure. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. In a pinch a quick squeeze with your fingers can work. Tires should be inflated to the rated pressure noted on the sidewall (pounds/square inch). Spin the wheels and check for any cuts or damage too.

B is for brakes. Take a look at the hand brakes by lifting the bike up, img_Bikesafe_homepagespinning one wheel and squeezing the brake level to make sure the tire stops. Check the coaster, or back pedal brakes, by spinning the back wheel and applying the brake. Brake pads need to be clean, straight and make proper contact with the rims.

C is for cranks, chain and cassette. Grab the crank arms, the part of the bike on which the pedals are attached, and wiggle side to side. There should be no movement. Make sure the chain isn’t dry, rusty or excessively greasy or dirty. The chain should be straight and the crank and pedals tight and secure.

Quick Release: Quick-release hubs need to be tight, but not too tight; quick-release brakes, which are opened when removing or installing wheels, need to be in the closed position and quick-release seat clamps need to be in the right position. And, make sure your seat is the correct height.

Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly.

Inspecting your bike for mechanical safety is something that should be done before every ride.

Here are some additional guidelines for safely sharing the road: obey all traffic regulations, ride in a straight line and avoid weaving, never ride against traffic and remember pedestrians have the right of way on walkways. Beware the “right hook” by waiting in the designated right turn lane and watching for vehicles also turning and heading into the intersection and avoid the “door zone” by staying 3 to 4 feet away from parked cars. Always pay attention to your surroundings and remember to use hand signals and make eye contact with others.

Happy riding!

 

Bike Essentials 101

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Paige Colton commutes to UCLA by bike from Santa Monica near 26th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Paige, who is working toward her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, knows all about the benefits of bicycling.

"I love the sense of freedom biking gives me," she says. "I can move way faster than a car stuck in traffic, feel the wind in my hair, and squeeze some exercise into a busy day!"

In honor of Bike Week, she has provided us with a snapshot of her biking essentials. Take a look below:

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Items pictured: water bottle, reflective windbreaker, helmet, coffee mug, front and back lights, keys, sunglasses, U-lock, a notebook, pens, cell phone, backpack, bike shorts and bus fare.

 

Don’t Miss Out On These Bike Week Events!

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BikeWeek-BlogWe're one week away from UCLA Bike Week! In addition to our pit stops, here are some great on- and off-campus events you really shouldn't miss:

Tour de UCLA 2017

Tour de UCLA Bike Ride

Location: Throughout UCLA campus

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: Meet at 1 p.m. by the UCLA Bike Shop; Ride begins at 1:30 (participants must sign waivers)

Experience the bikeability of UCLA’s campus through an interactive ride led by the UCLA Bike Shop. Need a bike? A limited number will be available to borrow from the UCLA Bike Shop.

 

UCLA Bike Coalition Social Ride

Location: Santa Monica

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: Meet at 5 p.m. by the UCLA Bike Shop; Ride begins at 5:30

Come join the Bicycle Coalition at UCLA on a social ride to Santa Monica followed by food and drinks at the Santa Monica Brew Works.

 

Additional Bike Month Activities:

Los Angeles County Bike Coalition Bike Month-Calendar of Events

http://www.la-bike.org/bikemonth2017

LA Metro Bike Month-Calendar of Events

https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/