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Getting Road Ready for National Preparedness Month

Are You Ready? road sign

Are You Ready? road sign

Here in Southern California, around the U.S. and abroad, fires ignited, waters rose, winds grew strong and the ground shook.

The recent sequence of back-to-back natural disasters like Texas' Hurricane Harvey and the Mexico City earthquake are violently direct reminders that emergency situations can arise at any time — including during your commute.

It's critical to be ready for anything at any time. At UCLA Transportation, safety is a top priority. This is why all UCLA vanpools come equipped with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

With October being National Preparedness Month, we've made a list of roadside emergency essentials to keep Bruin commuters safe.

1. First aid You can assemble a homemade kit or pick up a prepackaged version. For a comprehensive list of supplies see the Red Cross recommendations. Also consider getting first aid and CPR training. Having that knowledge could save a life.

  • Gauze bandages and smaller adhesive bandages
  • Hand sanitizerFirst aid kit
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pain relievers
  • Cotton balls
  • Scissor, tweezer and safety pins
  • CPR mask
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Eyewash cup
  • Burn ointment
  • Sunscreen Gauze/absorbent pads
  • Cloth tape

2. Car toolkit

  • Equipment to change a flat tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable jump starter
  • Foam tire sealant
  • Work gloves

3. Cleanup supplies:  These are crucial car safety items that will can come in handy during any of your travels.

  • Microfiber towels or rags and multipurpose hand cleaner Multipurpose tool

4. Survival supplies

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Headlamp
  • Duct tape
  • Traditional flares, reflective triangles or battery-powered emergency beacon
  • Purified drinking water, a water carrier and water purification tablets
  • High calorie energy or protein bars or other non-perishable snacks
  • Emergency poncho
  • Wool or emergency (space) blankets
  • Flashlight, glow sticks, matches and emergency candles
  • Solar- and hand-crank-powered light/radio/cellphone charger
  • Extra batteries

The best space to store your emergency kit is in the trunk. Use a clear plastic container with a secure lid, arrange items in a tidy manner so they are easy to see and grab, tape an itemized list to the outside of the kit and be sure to replace anything that gets used up or expires.

You can also put everything in a duffel bag or backpack, which may fit easier and be more convenient should you need to leave the car. Pick one with lots of compartments.

A good commuter is a prepared commuter. Recent AAA research found that four in 10 Americans do not carry an emergency kit in their car.

In addition to your car safety items remember these automobile basics: Have a car cellphone charger, tuck some cash safely away in your vehicle, keep the gas tank and other fluids full (oil, antifreeze and transmission) and make sure the tires are in good shape.

What if instead of being in the driver's seat, you're a passenger riding public transportation when disaster strikes? Follow Metro's steps for what to do if you're on the bus or train or at a station during an earthquake.



CSO Evening Van Rebranded As UCLA Safe Ride

UCLA Safe Ride Blog_V2

UCLA Safe Ride Blog_V2

Did you know that you can get free rides at night between campus buildings and to on-campus housing and nearby residential areas?

UCLA Safe Ride, previously known as the CSO Evening Van, provides secure, reliable evening transportation for all UCLA staff, faculty, students and visitors.

All you have to do is download the TapRide app through Google Play or the Apple Store, and request a van Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m. (excluding University holidays and breaks).

Operating under the the supervision of the UCLA Police Department, Safe Ride vans are driven by Community Service Officers (CSOs) who carry two-way radios that directly link to UCPD. UCLA Safe Ride is available during the fall, winter and spring quarters, and has wheelchair accessible vehicles available upon request.

Vans stop at designated stop locations only. Please note that stops are no longer automatic and rides will need to be requested through the TapRide mobile app.

Click here for more information.


20 is Plenty: UCLA Changing Campus Speed Limit


Twenty-Is-Plenty-Blog-Header20 is Plenty. That's UCLA Transportation's new campaign to promote a campuswide speed limit change.

Effective September 26, 2017, UCLA is lowering its roadway speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. The goal is to make the campus even safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Plus, lowering the speed limit encourages more people to use active transportation modes, which will, in turn, make UCLA a healthier campus.

Studies have shown that the chances of a serious injury or death for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle rise rapidly as speed increases. A motorist traveling at 16 mph, for example, has a 10% chance of sustaining serious injuries, while a motorist going 31 mph has a 50% chance.

The risk of death for a pedestrian also increases as vehicle speeds increase. A pedestrian faces a 10% risk of death when struck by a vehicle traveling at 23 mph and a 50% chance at 42 mph.

“For years, UCLA Transportation has worked with its campus partners to transform the car-centric campus built environment to a more walkable, bike-able, livable campus,” said Dave Karwaski, senior associate director of planning and traffic.

The effort to reduce the campus speed limit has occurred incrementally over time. UCLA first reduced campus roadways speeds from 35 mph to 25 mph in 2005. Lower speed limits have in recent years been introduced in several cities as well.


[VIDEO] BruinBikeSmart SCAG Award



FullSizeRenderUCLA Transportation was recently presented with a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) award for our BruinBikeSmart citation diversion program, the first of its kind in LA county.

To celebrate this accomplishment, SCAG put together this video to highlight our BikeSmart program. Check it out!

Sustainability Awards 2017: UCLA from SCAG on Vimeo.

Record Number of Traffic Deaths in 2016


405trafficMore people are dying on California roads—and across the country.

Both California and the U.S. saw a hike in traffic fatalities last year, reaching their highest level in nearly a decade. In the state, roughly 3,680 people died in traffic collisions, a 13% increase from the previous year. Nationally, that number hit an estimated 40,000, compared to 37,757 in 2015, the sharpest one-year increase in 53 years.

According to the National Safety Council, which released the report, the record increases can be partly attributed to the economic recovery. More people are on the roads now, which leads to more accidents. Another reason for the uptick is our fatalistic sense of complacency, said the council's president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman.

"Americans believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that isn't true," Hersman continued.

In fact, there are many things we can do to be safer on the road. Among them include the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices to keep impaired drivers from starting their cars, using automated cameras to track speeds, pedestrian safety programs, and expanded use of automated driving devices such as emergency braking and blind-spot and lane-departure warnings.

As drivers, there are things individually that we can do to stay safe. Follow the four-second rule, slow down, be in the moment and just drive, and above all, be alert, Bruins.