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California: More Bicycle Friendly Than Ever

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A photo of a woman cycling near the Golden Gate BridgeCalifornia continues to shift higher in its statewide efforts to improve conditions for cyclists. Two years ago, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) ranked California as the eighth most Bicycle Friendly State℠ based on the amount and effectiveness of the state’s activities toward creating a safer and more welcoming space for bicyclists. California has now risen to number three in the national ranking.

California was recognized by LAB for getting more serious about biking and walking, citing the state’s first-ever bicycle and pedestrian plan being adopted three years after a report calling for radical reform at Caltrans. LAB’s Bicycle Friendly State Report Card said, “With a state DOT [Department of Transportation] that is increasingly committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of people who bike rather than maintaining a status quo, the state seems on the verge of establishing new standards and practices that will be a model for other states, both through its size and its efforts. In particular, watch for California’s actions on bicycle-related data including facilities, crashes, and counts to be potential models for other states.”

Another key factor in the leap in ranking cited by Streetsblog California “is the increase in funding for the Active Transportation Program, S.B. 1, the new gas tax, almost doubled the size of that program, from $130 million to $230 million annually. This is still a puny portion of the state’s overall transportation budget, but nevertheless California is doing better than most states: the League ranks California sixth out of the fifty states in terms of dedicated bicycle funding.”

There is still much work to be done in order to make California a safer place to bike and walk. A larger emphasis on data research, a repeal of California’s mandatory bike lane law, and the general establishment of safer, more inclusive infrastructure are some of the ways California can try to nab that number-one spot next time!

Just as our state has become more bicycle friendly, you may recall UCLA in recent years has moved up in its ranking as a Bicycle Friendly University.

For more information about how California got to where it is now and where it’s going in the future, check out this article. Let’s keep going, California!

 

PHOTOS: Bike Recycling Day 2017

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IMG_7854_blogheaderWe kept the chain alive at this year's Bike Recycling Day! About 100 UCLA staff, faculty and students showed up to claim a used bike or bike parts for free!

Check out some photos from last week's event below. The full album is on our Facebook page.

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The 7th Annual Bike Recycling Day is Almost Here!

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Blog 2017Bike Recycling Day is back and set for Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the rooftop of Parking Structure 8! As always, you will have the opportunity to receive used bikes or used bike parts for FREE.

For those new to UCLA, Bike Recycling Day is our popular annual event where UCLA Transportation gives abandoned bikes and bike parts (as-is) to members of the UCLA community.

Some of the bikes may need a light tune-up and others are stripped down to their frame. Recycled bike frames offer an excellent opportunity for those interested in building their own bike from the ground up or to replace a broken part on their own bike.

Participation is based on a random lottery being held by UCLA Transportation. The registration process will reduce chaos and tent pitching, while helping to create an equal opportunity at cashing in on a free ride! The lottery will close on Tuesday, October 31 at 9 a.m.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • ONLY UCLA students, staff and faculty members with BruinCards may participate. You must display your BruinCard and lottery ticket number to claim a bike.
  • Lottery numbers will be distributed via email on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
  • Limit ONE bike (or parts that total one bike) per person.
  • Bikes will be offered in ascending order starting promptly at 10 a.m. If you are not present when your number is called you will be passed.

Bike technicians from the UCLA Bike Shop will be on-site to answer your questions regarding your new find.


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20 is Plenty: UCLA Changing Campus Speed Limit

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Twenty-Is-Plenty-Blog-Header20 is Plenty. That's UCLA Transportation's new campaign to promote a campuswide speed limit change.

Effective September 26, 2017, UCLA is lowering its roadway speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. The goal is to make the campus even safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Plus, lowering the speed limit encourages more people to use active transportation modes, which will, in turn, make UCLA a healthier campus.

Studies have shown that the chances of a serious injury or death for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle rise rapidly as speed increases. A motorist traveling at 16 mph, for example, has a 10% chance of sustaining serious injuries, while a motorist going 31 mph has a 50% chance.

The risk of death for a pedestrian also increases as vehicle speeds increase. A pedestrian faces a 10% risk of death when struck by a vehicle traveling at 23 mph and a 50% chance at 42 mph.

“For years, UCLA Transportation has worked with its campus partners to transform the car-centric campus built environment to a more walkable, bike-able, livable campus,” said Dave Karwaski, senior associate director of planning and traffic.

The effort to reduce the campus speed limit has occurred incrementally over time. UCLA first reduced campus roadways speeds from 35 mph to 25 mph in 2005. Lower speed limits have in recent years been introduced in several cities as well.

 

Bruin Bike Share Launches October 3!

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BikeShare_Launch_BlogIt's lunch time and you’re meeting with friends for a bite in Westwood Village. You realize from your NextBus app that the bus won’t arrive for another 10 minutes. Walking will take even longer and driving is out of the question. Biking will take five minutes, but you don't have your bike with you. What do you do? UCLA Bruin Bike Share has got you covered.

Launching Tuesday, October 3, our campus bike-share system aims to address many types of scenarios such as this one in an effort to make our campus bike friendlier and more accessible by active modes of transportation. There will be 18 hub locations and 130 bikes throughout campus and in Westwood Village including Powell Library, Luskin Conference Center, and Broxton and Glendon Avenues in Westwood Village.Bruin Bike Share Map

Join us for the official launch celebration on October 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North. There will be food, prizes, giveaways and an inaugural group ride for a limited number of participants.

As part of the launch, UCLA Transportation will be offering special founding annual membership rates to bike share users. UCLA employees and students can purchase a $60 annual plan for 90 minutes of usage per day. The founding public annual rate will be $69 a year. Additional plans include $7 a month for UCLA members, $25 a month for the public and a Pay-As-You-Go rate of $7 an hour for anyone.

UCLA students, staff and visitors will be able to check out bikes using their smart phones, membership cards or the payment kiosks at larger bike hubs. The first step is to create a Social Bicycles account by downloading the mobile app or visiting our website.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors alike will be able to take bikes from one designated hub to another. Bikes can be locked up to racks at any designated hub using the lock that comes with the bike, as well as to regular racks outside of hubs for a small fee.

In LA County, bike-share programs have launched in Westside cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. LA Metro has also expanded its bike share beyond Downtown LA to Pasadena, Venice and San Pedro.

For more information about Bruin Bike Share, go to our website.