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Heading Home for Thanksgiving? Share the Ride & Win


zimsigivingThis Thanksgiving holiday is looking to be the busiest for travelers since 2007. With only a few days left, consider getting to your turkey feast by using Zimride to share backlight in traffic jamthe ride with fellow Bruins. You can post your own ride or join someone else's. As along as you carpool, you'll be saving money and alleviating some of the stress of holiday traffic.

Plus, by posting a ride on Zimride, you'll be automatically entered into their Thanks4giving Me a Ride Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card or one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. For official contest rules, click here.

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.

The sweepstakes runs from now through November 30. Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!


The Best Way to Get to the Airport This Holiday Season

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

It's the most wonderful time of the year — to use transit to arrive at your holiday destination! By taking public transportation to and from the airport, travelers don't have to worry about paying daily parking fees or driving in traffic. You can also help lessen traffic congestion and air pollution.

Reducing your transportation footprint is easier than ever with a new initiative from the LAX FlyAway bus provided by the Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to the FlyAway service, there are number of public transit authorities serving LA’s main hub for domestic and international flights.

The FlyAway non-stop bus service, which provides direct transportation between Westwood and each LAX terminal, now accepts TAP cards with sufficient stored value as a payment option. Plus, Bruins who use a TAP card at the Westwood bus stop (located on Kinross Avenue near Parking Structure 32) will pay only $8, a discount from the route’s regular price of $10 for a one-way fare.

Those with EZ transit passes will pay an even greater reduced fare or ride for free depending on which zone you purchased. For a complete list of fares for TAP cards with EZ transit passes, click here. Otherwise, you can purchase a ticket on the bus or online using a debit or credit card.

There are also FlyAway routes in Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

Another local shared passenger-transport service to help you keep it green while traveling during the holiday season is the Culver CityBus Rapid 6 — and it only costs 50 cents for UCLA students and employees (free with a BruinGO! Flash Pass).

The Rapid 6 (Sepulveda Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit) travels along the Sepulveda corridor from Westwood and UCLA to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. Rapid 6 operates during weekday morning and evening peak hours every 15 minutes. This line has limited stops at major intersections along the route and has bus signal priority at intersections within the city to achieve travel time savings.

Other transit agencies serving LAX are Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit. Travelers can also use the Metro rail Green Line and door-to-door shuttle van services.

More Americans travel over Thanksgiving than any other holiday, and Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Transportation is where most passengers have the biggest environmental impact, and using public transit is one of the best things you can do for the planet.

Additional responsible travel practices you can follow are:

  • For shorter trips take the train instead of flying
  • Choose a fuel-efficient rental car
  • Continue using public transportation to get around instead of taking a taxi
  • Better yet, rely on biking and walking to explore

Happy Trails, Bruins!


Share A Ride Home This Thanksgiving With Zimride


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.

What can get from your bike to the table this Thanksgiving?


Planning a Thanksgiving Day feast? Here are some nifty ideas on how your bike can help! Not only are you saving energy, but burning calories to enjoy seconds and thirds of your favorite dish!

  1. Smoothie Maker Bike By Lichfield Entertainment


Photo courtesy of Lichfield Entertainments

What better way to start the day off than with a refreshing fruit smoothie? Throw in your favorite fresh fruit and juice with ice and pedal your way to a light breakfast before popping the turkey in the oven! Learn to make your own bike blender here.

  1. Rock The Bike Ice Cream Maker

Photo courtesy of Volker Neumann

If you have crazed children bouncing off the walls, put them to work making ice cream for that a la mode piece of apple pie! Crank out freshly made ice cream that will be worth the extra effort once the creamy treat is ready to be served.

  1. GrainMaker Bicycle Kit


Photo courtesy of BackyardHomesteading

Plan on making cornbread or fresh rolls? Why buy processed flour or bread when you can jump on your bike and mill your own grain! The GrainMaker bike kit can be a bit on the pricier side, learn to make your own here!

  1. Christoph Thetard’s R2B2


Photo courtesy of Christopher Thetard

Want to go green all the way and really impress your guests? Check out Christoph Thetard’s R2B2 project, an electric-less pedal powered kitchen station.

Make anything from fresh whipped cream for the pumpkin pie to chopping veggies or pureeing potatoes for a creamy sweet potato casserole. Using pedal power, the R2B2 has a built in food processor, coffee grinder and hand blender to tackle almost any kitchen task. With room for three to four people to prep, the R2B2 lets the entire family get in on the fun!

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Extended FlyAway service for Thanksgiving + Direct service from res halls

HolidayOptions_FlyAway_letterThe Westwood FlyAway will offer extended service for the Thanksgiving holiday, including direct service from res halls to LAX! The FlyAway will run on the following schedule for Thanksgiving break:

From UCLA to LAX


  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.:Departures every 30 mins from Parking Structure 32
  • Noon - 8 p.m.: Departures every 30 mins from De Neve Plaza to LAX

Wednesday, 11/27

  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.: Departures every 30 mins from Parking Structure 32
  • 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Departures every 15 mins from De Neve Plaza to LAX

Thursday, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, 11/29 NO ADDITIONAL SERVICES • REGULAR FLYAWAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

  • 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Departures every 60 mins to Parking Structure 32
  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.: Departures at the top of the hour from Parking Structure 32

From LAX to UCLA

Saturday, 11/30

  • 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Departures every 30 mins to Parking Structure 32

Sunday, 12/1

  • 6 a.m.  - Midnight: Departures every 30 mins to Parking Structure 32
  • 6 a.m. - Midnight: Connecting shuttle services between Parking Structure 32 and both De Neve and Hedrick Turnarounds

Monday, 12/2

  • 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.: Departures every 30 mins to Parking Structure 32

Download the flyer. Avoid traffic and save yourself parking costs, time and stress by taking the FlyAway to LAX. The FlyAway offers non-stop shuttle service from UCLA to LAX for only $10. All buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi. No reservations are required, and you can pay your fare when you board the bus with a credit or debit card (cash is not accepted). And you may now pre-purchase your ticket online! Please note that buying your ticket online does not reserve you a specific seat on a specific shuttle; Instead, it allows you to print out a general ticket at home that you may give to the driver when boarding any Westwood FlyAway shuttle.