- May 03 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
I work from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the UCLA Immunogenetics laboratory. Since there were no convenient public buses to catch for the ride home, I would drive my car to work. However, with the Earn-A-Bike Program, that has all changed.
The TREK HYBRID bicycle is a nice bike. Weight-wise, it is a light bike. I had no problem lifting the bike onto the bus bike carrier on those days when not commuting round trip. It is a solid bike for those times in traffic when you must take the street pot hole. Of course, you do your best to avoid them; otherwise, you will damage your wheel.
What can I say about riding home at 2 a.m.? It is more fun than bicycling to work in the afternoon. You still have to be careful since there are still cars on the road at 2 in the morning.
Thank you for having the Earn-A-Bike program.
To find out more about our Earn-A-Bike Program, click here.
- October 13 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
Our Earn-A-Bike program is back this fall! We are offering UCLA staff and faculty the chance to earn a brand new, fully-equipped bicycle—all for the price of a parking permit.
Join Earn-A-Bike and receive a $400 voucher to Helen’s Cycles in exchange for your parking permit. Participants will be able to select either a Trek 7.0 FX (hybrid bike) or a Trek 820 (mountain bike). Both bicycles come equipped with a helmet, light set and lock.
For more information or to register for Earn-A-Bike, visit our website.
- October 05 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
I started working as director of the UCLA Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center on April 18, 2016, after working for nearly 22 years at UC Davis. Coming from an extremely bicycle-friendly small town where I was an avid bike commuter, I was a bit apprehensive about the prospect of bicycling in Los Angeles so I purchased a parking permit and joined the masses coming to campus by car.
Then I heard about the Earn-A-Bike program and decided to find out more. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I had turned in my parking permit and was equipped with a brand new bike, helmet, lock and lights. With the addition of a few extra accessories (baskets, a large rear-view mirror, biking gloves and a water bottle), I was ready to hit the road.
I am loving my six-mile, 40-minute commute from Santa Monica. I do take extra precautions to increase my visibility and avoid the heaviest traffic in the urban environment, including:
- Adjusting my work schedule to arrive at the office by 7 a.m. and leave by 4:15 p.m.
- Adding a flashing headlight and taillight to my helmet
- Wearing a fluorescent vest adorned with reflective tape
- Going out of my way a bit to ride primarily on quiet residential streets
- Riding on the sidewalk on one short section where the road is narrow, curvy and hilly
- In the winter months, riding my bike one direction and bringing it on the bus the other direction, as I do not like riding in the dark
I look forward to my daily rides as a time to plan for the day ahead and reflect on my accomplishments at the end of the day. And, as an added bonus, I have lost 10 pounds and increased both my stamina and fitness level, which at age 57 is always a plus.
- May 16 2016
- Eddie Munguia
The Earn-A-Bike program is officially launching today. Aimed at encouraging bicycling as a sustainable commute to campus, Earn-A-Bike offers UCLA staff and faculty the chance to earn a brand new, fully-equipped bicycle—all for the price of a parking permit.
UCLA is a Silver Status Bicycle-Friendly University, and this new program further proves our commitment to make bicycling convenient, economical and safe.
Join the Earn-A-Bike program and receive a $400 voucher to Helen’s Cycles in exchange for your parking permit. Participants will be able to select either a Trek 7.0 FX (hybrid bike) or a Trek 820 (mountain bike). Both bicycles come equipped with a helmet, light set and lock.
Bicycling not only improves your overall health, it also improves the health of our environment. Plus, save yourself the stress and costs of parking on campus.
For more information or to register for the program, visit our website.