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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.

 

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Carpool Partner

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The application period for student parking permits opens this Friday, January 20. Instead of applying for a single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) permit, apply for a two- or three-person carpool permit and you'll be guaranteed parking!

That's right! If you apply for a carpool permit and meet all the eligibility requirements, you are guaranteed a parking permit! Plus, you'll save time and money on your commute.

Here's the breakdown: A Commute Student Permit costs $237 per quarter and a Residence Hall Permit is even more at $297 per quarter. With a two-person carpool, you'll pay $195 per quarter, divided by two people, and with a three-person carpool, you'll be splitting $117 three ways.

Start by using Zimride to search for existing carpools to join, or form you own!

To guide you in your search for the perfect carpool partner, here are the perfect questions to ask:

1. Who’s driving?

If you’re not an early riser, make sure to ask your potential carpool partner about their driving preferences. If both you and your partner(s) would like to drive, you may want to implement a rotation system where the responsibility can be shared.

2. Which route is the most convenient?

For some individuals, local streets are the way to go. Yet for others, the freeway may be the best option. Always make sure to find a happy medium because you never know if your partner(s) may know of a shortcut to work that can help you cut your commute time in half.

3. Where will the pick-up location be? What about drop-off?

For many, this question could be the deciding factor as to who may be your future carpooling partner. Carpools always work best when your pick-up zones are in close proximity. If for some reason your pick-up locations aren't nearby, consider meeting at a public spot like a grocery or department store parking lot. Just make sure there aren't any parking restrictions.

4. How long should the driver wait at a stop for passengers before leaving?

While it is important to note that sudden emergency situations are inevitable sometimes, as a carpool partner, it is just as important to be mindful of the fact that the schedule of your carpool partner cannot be altered according to your emergency. Make sure to always set a time limit that is comfortable for you and your partner in order to help dodge any future conflict.

5. What are the schedules of all carpoolers?

Do you and your carpool partners' schedule align with one another? How early do the both of you need to be on campus? These two questions could really make or break your decision.

If your days end at different times, always consider utilizing more than one transportation mode for your commute (i.e., carpooling to campus and taking public transit back home).

6. What kind of music do you prefer?

You may like to start off your mornings with some of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean your partner does. If music isn't the preference, you and your partner can also listen to news, podcasts, or even audio books. Come to some kind of agreement that will make your daily commute something to look forward to.

7. Is eating in the car okay? What about smoking? Will coffee drive-thru stops be scheduled?

Never automatically assume your carpool partner shares the same preferences as you do. Be mindful of the fact that this may not be your car, and even if it is, always remember to clarify what is and isn't allowed in each vehicle to avoid conflict.

8. How will the costs be calculated? Cash or Check?

Will payments be made on a per ride basis or a weekly or monthly basis? Is cash preferred? Will the cost of the parking permit and gas be split evenly? What about maintenance fees?Use the AAA guide to determine cost, and this process will be way easier than you anticipated.

9. What will happen during long vacations? What about sudden illnesses?

Make sure you have back-up plans in place in case the driver is unable to host the pool that day. If you have multiple carpool members, assign a backup driver. If not, keep a TAP card with some funds in hand for those days when you have to ride the bus to campus.

 

 

Share A Ride Home This Thanksgiving With Zimride

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zimsigivingOnly a few days left till Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a ride home from UCLA? Form or join a carpool on Zimride and be entered into their 2016 Zimsgiving Post a Ride Sweepstakes for some great prizes.

All you have to do is create an account using your UCLA email or log into your existing account, and click the "Post a Ride" button to find a match with someone from UCLA going the same way.

Post a new ride from now through November 30, and you will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Echo, $100 Amazon gift cards and $50 Amazon gift cards.

Where you need to gobble to, Zimride will help find you a ride.

Park on Campus for $6 a Month!

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CarpoolUCLA Transportation recently rolled out a new addition to its carpool program: a four-person carpool permit. Now, if you join or form a four-person carpool, you can park on campus for $25 per month or $75 per quarter. That breaks down to $6.25 per person a month or $18.75 a quarter!

The permit is only available to UCLA staff and faculty with valid Bruin ID cards. Students are not eligible to apply. However, students may apply for two- or three-person carpool permits for guaranteed parking if applications are submitted by the deadline.

Search for an existing carpool or create your own using Zimride. Log in using your UCLA email address and find fellow UCLA carpoolers who mirror your commute location and schedule.

With newly-increased rates for yellow and blue parking permits, what better way to commute to campus than by being both economical and sustainable?