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UCLA Rideshare Month 2017


RideShare-2017_BlogTired of dealing with traffic or paying for parking? Join UCLA Transportation in celebrating UCLA Rideshare Month during October!


Rideshare is the shared use of transportation through public transit, carpool, vanpool, biking and walking.


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.


Come celebrate with us at our Rideshare Month Fair on Monday, October 30, 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
  • Monday, October 30, 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.

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Carpool Partner

teenagers driving to college

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.



Study Shows Vanpools Drastically Lower Stress


Vanpool_poolparty001For stressed-out commuters, joining a vanpool might be one step toward a more relaxed 2016. A UCLA study shows that vanpooling drastically lowers the stress of commuting.

“Riders indicated that participating in a vanpool was a source of dramatic reduction in stress and some even said that it was therapeutic,” said Wendie Robbins, the study’s lead researcher and a professor in the UCLA School of Nursing and in the Fielding School of Public Health. “Riders said that their time on the van was restful and provided a chance to meditate, relax, listen to music or just be at peace.”

Vanpooling has long been touted as a way for riders to reduce pollution and traffic while saving money. While there have been studies on the health benefits of active commuting — walking or bicycling — as well as those of taking a bus or train, the health impact of vanpooling hasn’t previously been studied.

“Health Effects of Vanpooling to Work,” published in the journal Workplace Health and Safety, looked at passengers’ and drivers’ perceptions of how vanpooling affected their health and well-being.


UCLA carpool and vanpool participants commute from far and wide

Participants were recruited through the UCLA Vanpool Program, which has nearly 1500 participants and is one of the largest employer-based vanpool programs in California. Researchers conducted focus groups with 40 vanpool riders and two drivers.

“We know that driving alone is very isolating and creates stress,” said Penny Menton, director of communications and commuter services for UCLA Transportation. “When you ride with others, you become connected and create an environment of relaxation and interaction.”

UCLA carpool and vanpool participants commute from far and wide.

The researchers were surprised by riders’ fierce commitment to vanpooling, Robbins said. “You have to give up independent choices – when you leave, the temperature in the van, who you ride with. Riders are willing to compromise for the reduced stress of not having to drive.”

Menton, one of the original creators of the UCLA Vanpool Program, agreed. “We started this program almost 32 years ago to help reduce traffic during the 1984 Summer Olympics. We have riders who have been with the program since the beginning, including two drivers, and the only way they leave is when they retire. The vanpool becomes like family.”

UCLA vanpool

UCLA Vanpool

One of these longtime fans is Stan Paul, who works at the UCLA Lu
skin School of Public Affairs and commutes more than 160 miles round-trip each day from the Inland Empire. Paul has been a volunteer driver for most of that time. His vanpool gets 10 other UCLA employees to work and back, and takes that many cars off the road.

“For me, there really hasn’t been any other viable alternative since I started,” Paul said. “I would give up the commute in a second, but not the vanpool as long as I do have to commute.”

Riders did mention a few downsides, including disturbed sleep patterns and the risk of illness, but they saw these as relatively minor issues.

“For many of the vans, napping has become a norm, something that many riders actually look forward to,” Robbins said.

The next steps in the research are to quantify the health impacts of vanpooling, both positive and negative, and potentially to develop strategies to address them. For example, if some vanpoolers experience resultant sleep issues, employers could develop programs for employees to improve sleep habits.

The study’s other authors were Barbara Berman, professor emerita in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Dawn Stone, a Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA School of Nursing.

The study was funded by the UCLA Foundation/Mary Ann Lewis Enhancement, the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Southern California Education and Research Center.

Thanks to All of Our #UCLARideshare15 Participants!


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


David Shepard - @shepdl

@shepdi - 4

Brendan Bellina - @btbellina

btbellina - 0

Joanie Warner

Joanie Warner - 8 Likes

Clinton Bench


Kevin Baldwin

Kevin Baldwin - 2 likes

Announcing Our #UCLARideshare15 Winners!

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#2_jmv121 - 52_COVERWe combed through dozens of submissions for our Rideshare Month social media contest and determined which photos had the most number of likes.

Congratulations to our three winners!

Please contact us on our Facebook page or by email to pick up your prize!


1st place - Emmanuel Ramos Barajas


2nd place - Jonathan MV

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3rd place - Kathy Quispe