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What Do We Do At UCLA Transportation? [VIDEO]

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Dickson Plaza 01-00354 copy2 blogPeople often think all we do is provide parking on campus, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, parking is part of it. Most of it, however, is getting you access to campus. That's what we're all about: being green, sustainable and safe.

To highlight some of our goals, accomplishments and best practices, we've made this nifty video. Check it out below and on our YouTube channel.

 

Pokémon GO Tips: How to Catch Them All

Fullerton, United States - July 13, 2016: Image of people playing pokemon go game on an iphone smartphone devices. Pokemon Go is a popular virtual reality game for mobile devices.

Pokémon GO is officially the most popular app in the history of the U.S.

And while some are decrying how annoying its prevalence can be (there’s that get-off-my-lawn guy and these Sydney residents), some are championing its power of getting people off their butts to explore the city. After all, why is it OK to sit at home and play Candy Crush but not OK to walk around and catch some Pokémon?

Personally, I think it’s awesome. Walking out of a bar at midnight on Friday, I witnessed hordes of kids gathered at a library park talking about a Squirtle they’d just caught down the street. It’s a phenomenon unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. And it’s pretty cool to see people from all corners of life bonding over Pikachus and Pokéballs. You can spot a Pokémon trainer a mile away and, for a moment, share a connection amid a world of chaos.

The key to catching Pokémon is to play smart. That rings true when it comes to battling, and it also rings true when it comes to safety. Common sense stuff. Like don’t stand in the middle of the road or crosswalk. Don’t go searching for Pokémon by yourself in dark, sketchy neighborhoods. Don’t Poke and drive.

What you can do, though, is Poke and walk, Poke and bike, and Poke and ride transit. To expand your gaming wisdom, I’ve compiled some safe and sustainable ways to help you Pokémon trainers catch them all.

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Who would have thought that all it would take to get Americans walking again would be a virtual reality game about tiny critters?

Getting out of your house and walking around is by far the easiest way to catch some Pokémon. Just remember:

  1. Know where you are at all times and watch where you’re going.
  2. Don’t stand in the middle of the street/crosswalks/driveways.
  3. Don’t hassle business owners .
  4. Respect homeowners’ private property.

Biking

Just like the original Game Boy Pokémon games, having a bike makes everything better. Here’s how to do it without crashing into the first Zubat you see.

  1. Get a phone mount and turn your bike into a Pokemon GO machine like this guy.
  2. Wear a headphone (non-noise-cancelling) so you can rely on the game’s sounds instead of looking down at your screen.
  3. Turn off AR. Your phone is mounted so pointing your camera at Pokémon would require unmounting it every time.
  4. Remember to stop before you catch Pokémon, collect items at PokéStops or battle at gyms.
  5. Avoid high-speed, traffic-laden streets.
  6. Don’t stop your bike in the middle of the road. Pull off to the side before catching that Pidgeotto.

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Metro brilliantly wasted no time launching its new Twitter account @PokemonGOMetro when the craze first hit. They’re here to help you take transit and catch Pokémon:

  1. @PokemonGOMetro maps the location of PokéStops.
  2. @PokemonGOMetro also provides exclusive Pokémon sightings and tells you how to get there using transit .
  3. Gym battles are best won on foot. Numerous Metro Rail stations serve as “gyms” for training and battling Pokémon.
  4. Stay alert and protect yourself against theft while riding transit
  5. Make sure you make room for those who need access to the space you’re occupying

Happy hunting!

Why Everyone is Talking About the New Go LA App

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Skyline of Los Angeles with freeway traffic,CAAfter much-awaited anticipation, the Xerox-powered Go LA app is now up, running and definitely ready for use. With its easy-to-use travel planning tools and its various options for modes of transportation, the Go LA app is a unique travel kit you’re going to want to keep in your back pocket. The release of this brand new app has been quite buzzworthy, so I decided to take a solo trip around the city to see for myself if this app is really worth the download.

Here is a quick play-by-play of my experience with Go LA, along with a brief description of the tools you will utilize when accessing this app:IMG_5163

From Where

This section allows the user to enter their current location with help from the Hawkeye option at the bottom right corner of the screen, which allows your phone’s GPS to detect your current location.

To Where

Pretty self-explanatory. Yay for ease of access and efficiency!

Leave When

Now here’s one of the many crowned jewels of this app: This feature allows users to input a custom departure time. The app will then provide you with a large list of transportation options geared to accommodate your desired departure time.

And get this: there is nothing like this on the Google Maps app. Yes, you heard it here first, folks.

Not only does this make your trip a lot less worrisome, but you can optimize future plans instead of having to find routes last minute!

Go LA App: 1

Google Maps: 0

Sooner, Cheaper and Greener

Here’s another thing Google Maps doesn’t have: A tool for environmentally-conscious, multi-modal people who love options.

Once the pick-up, drop-off and desired time of departure are entered, the app creates a detailed list of different means of transportation. Users can find the quickest and most affordable Lyft, transit route, and active transportation modes like walking and biking—all at the touch of a button. No other app is as fully integrated as Go LA.

There are some caveats, however. Don’t get me wrong, the Sooner, Cheaper and Greener tools are great assets. But the app should provide the option to search such categories though one desired means of transportation.  The reason for this? Efficiency. We live in a fast-paced world where everyone is always in a hurry, rushing to get somewhere.

Being able to search for a specific, desired type of transportation but would accommodate those who don't really have the time to browse among a plethora of options.

What’s Missing?

It’s inevitable that the Go LA app would be compared to Google Maps. I, myself, am guilty as charged. Here are some things this app should consider implementing:

  • Food and fun. This app can definitely incorporate an option that allows for users to browse food, shopping, fun, health, services, etc., similar to what's made available on Google Maps.
  • Along with incorporating Uber, I think the app should also provide information about different local taxi companies. For instance, one search can generate a list of different taxi comparing expected arrival time and fare, or it can redirect its users to an app or site that may assist in finding such amenities.

Final Verdict

This app is really efficient, easy to use and super convenient for people who are constantly on the move. Not only do I see myself using this app again, but I would surely recommend this app to friends and family.Mobility Marketplace App Differentiators

 

5 Tips for Riding Your Bike During Winter

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Cyclist in rain

  1. Have Waterproof Gear: Always carry waterproof pants, a rain jacket and rain boots, if possible. Don’t get caught in unexpected rain. You don’t want to arrive at your destination drenched. Even having a folded-up rain poncho in your backpack will help immensely.
  1. It’s All About the Brakes: Slippery roads mean top-notch brakes. Learn to adjust your own brakes or take it to the bike shop and have someone do it for you. Either way, get it done. Make sure your brake pads are clean from leaves or mud. You also might want to brush up on your wet-braking techniques and consider getting a bike with disc brakes, which increases your braking power. And remember to brake more on the rear wheel, and do it slowly to prevent spinouts. Give yourself twice the amount of time to come to a stop as you would in the summer.
  1. Light it Up: Don’t underestimate the importance of proper lighting. Wear reflective gear wherever and whenever possible to make yourself visible to motorists during low light, bad weather and dark night riding conditions.
  1. Don’t Forget Your Fingers and Toes: Ever wonder why it’s easier to dip your feet into a super-hot tub or ice-cold pool first before jumping in? It’s because your feet, hands and head serve as barometers for the rest of your body. If you keep your extremities and your dome nice and toasty with gloves, an under-the-helmet beanie and good socks, your whole body will feel nice and toasty too.
  1. Safety First: Motorists are less aware of bikers in the winter, especially if it’s raining. Ride defensively and be sure to make eye contact with drivers. Also, be prepared. Plan a sensible route to match the weather forecast.

 

Thanks to All of Our #UCLARideshare15 Participants!

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COVER 2We wanted to recognize everyone who submitted a photo for our #UCLARideshare15 social media contest. All of the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pictures were pretty awesome. So here they are, in no particular order. Thanks to all those who participated!

Alex Rose - @alexroseprice

@alexroseprice - 15

 

Karen Gracey - @KarenGracey

@KarenGracey - 5

Kate Reeves - @ksreeves

@ksreeves - 1 fave

Melissa - @oohlalamiss

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David Shepard - @shepdl

@shepdi - 4

Brendan Bellina - @btbellina

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Joanie Warner

Joanie Warner - 8 Likes

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Kevin Baldwin

Kevin Baldwin - 2 likes