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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 Thursday, October 5, 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
  • Thursday, October 5, 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.

How Your Commute Can Make You Happier

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Happy-CommuteCommuting to work can be traffic-laden, tedious and dreadful. But it turns out there's a way to lighten the load, and it starts with picking the right transportation mode. According to a paper published last month in the journal Sustainability, the way we commute can affect our sense of happiness and well-being. In particular, sustainable commutes can reduce bad feelings and lead to greater contentment.

Using the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) and commute data from 187 U.S. cities for one year, researchers from four universities looked at the relationship between sustainable transportation modes in metropolitan areas and individual well-being. The WBI is based on five elements: physical well-being, community well-being, social well-being, financial well-being and purpose, and associated career well-being.

The general pattern of results indicated that regions that favor sustainable commute modes over driving-alone had higher well-being scores, even when controlling for other important predictors of happiness. Driving alone was associated with lower well-being scores, whereas carpool and non-motorized modes were associated with higher well-being scores.

Automobile use has been found to increase boredom, social isolation and stress, while active transportation users (walkers and cyclists) have significantly higher self-reported happiness levels than those who drive—even when accounting for differences in income, health and attitudes about travel.

Physically active commute modes likewise have been shown to reduce the number of sickness incidences over time. Commuters who bike or walk report better health, lower exhaustion and stress, and fewer missed workdays than their counterpart car commuters.

The study also suggested that providing incentives for commuters to use more sustainable commute options could offer greater opportunity for happiness than those that do not. This summer we launched the new Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit Program, which gives eligible faculty, staff and students the opportunity to try public transit free for one full quarter.

Happiness can be influenced by transportation systems—with sustainable infrastructure and policies potentially enhancing quality of life. Being able to begin and end the workday in a less stressful manner can contribute to physiological and psychological wellness.

These findings demonstrate more sustainable transportation modes are associated with well-being, with the evidence presented supporting the notion that commute mode affect the pursuit of happiness.

Ready for a brighter future by changing your commute habit? See what alternative transportation programs we offer on our website.

 

 

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