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12th Annual I Heart Walking Kicks off Next Week!

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PrintThe weather in LA recently has been perfect for afternoon walks. And we all know the benefits walking can have both physically and mentally. It can elevate your mood, stimulate your creativity, help you lose weight and alleviate your stress. Check out these 24 awesome walking routes around campus. Explore places not accessible by bike or car. It's time to get in the habit of walking more.

And you can start with the 12th Annual I Heart Walking celebration, which is just around the corner. This year, UCLA Recreation will be hosting lunchtime walks Monday, February iheartwalking12 through Thursday, February 15. Those who register and walk will have the chance to win prizes such as an Apple Watch, a FitBit, a $500 Blue Apron gift card and more.

So get out from behind your desks and join your friends and colleagues for a walk around our beautiful campus!

On Monday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., UCLA Health will be providing free health screenings at Pauley Pavilion. Get your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure checked, and talk to a cardiologist. Register early to reserve an appointment. Space is limited.

The Grand Finale event will be held on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. Attendees who participate in at least two walks can pick up their free I Heart Walking T-shirts, while supplies last.

 

Celebrate 10 Years of I Heart Walking!

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I Heart Walking 2016 T-shirt_1The 10th Annual I Heart Walking celebration is around the corner! This year, UCLA Recreation will be hosting lunchtime walks Monday, February 8 through Thursday, February 11. Those who register and walk will have the chance to win prizes such as an iPad mini, a bike, a SmartTV, gift cards and more.

So get out from behind your desks and join your friends and colleagues for a walk around our beautiful campus!

During Thursday's Grand Finale event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UCLA Health will be providing free health screenings at Pauley Pavilion Club Level. Register early to reserve an appointment. Space is limited.

Register now for I Heart Walking 2016:

  • Monday, February 8 — Walks begins at 12:10 p.m. and 12:15 p.m.
    Main campus, top of Janss Steps
  • Tuesday, February 9 — Walks begin at 12:10 pm. and 12:15 p.m.
    Corner of Le Conte and Westwood
  • Wednesday, February 10 — Walks begin at 12:10 p.m. and 12:15 p.m.
    Kinross Recreation Center
  • Thursday, February 11 — Walks begin at 12:10 p.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.
    Pauley Pavilion (north side, closest to Bruin Walk)

Attendees who participate in the walks are eligible for a special, 10-year anniversary T-shirt, which will be distributed during the Grand Finale, while supplies last.

Remember: The more you walk, the more chances you have to win prizes! Sign in at the I Heart Walking table at each location to register to win one of the following prizes:

Check out these photos from last year's event.

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Fully-Equipped Bruin Bikes For Only $60 Per Quarter

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BikeLibrary Poster_LetterDid you know that you can rent a deluxe hybrid city-style 8-speed Felt Cafe Series cruiser equipped with front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, a rear rack, a cup holder mount, a combination cable, a u-lock and a bike helmet—all for just $60 per quarter?

It may sound too good to be true, but it isn't. We want students to bike more and bike more safely. It saves you money and the hassle of trying to find parking. Some students even opt for a multi-modal form of commute (think driving to Westwood and biking the rest of the way in to UCLA) for added convenience and other benefits.

Bicycle rentals are available through the UCLA Bike Shop, located in the John Wooden's Center Office of Outdoor Adventures. Contact the shop to make arrangements to rent your bike today!

The UCLA Bike Library is courtesy of funding provided by The Green Initiative Fund.

UCLA Awarded ‘Silver’ Bicycle Friendly University Status

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BFU_blogheaderThis is great news for UCLA! We've been recognized with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

Today, 49 new and renewing BFUs were announced from 31 states. That means UCLA is part of a committed group of colleges and universities across the U.S. transforming their campuses and encouraging the communities around them to actively raise their standards for what bicycle friendly looks like.

BFU_Silver_2011_2019Why the honor? Well, we encourage bicycling both to and around campus as a healthy transportation option. We have a growing number of high-visibility and buffered bike lanes, do-it-yourself bike repair stands, electronic bike lockers available on demand around campus, a free Employee Commuter Bike Loaner Program, Bruin Commuter Club bike benefits, expanded traffic skills bike safety classes and organized commuter group rides.

Currently, over 3,000 UCLA staff, faculty and students bike regularly to and from campus.

But all that growth isn't just because of us. UCLA Recreation, Capital Programs, UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA Housing have really helped us make changes all over campus, resulting in a noticeable difference for UCLA's bike commuters.

This Silver BFU designation is a major accomplishment for us given the challenges UCLA faces being located in a city heavily dependent upon and designed around cars. It's also emblematic of the University’s commitment to improve and invest in infrastructure and programs on campus to make it a desirable place to bike and walk, as part of UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative.

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I Heart Walking 2014 Recap

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I Heart Walking Week 2014 officially ended this afternoon. Thanks to everyone who participated at the events in the past few days. It was great to see everyone being enthusiastic about walking off some calories and celebrating the Winter Olympic with us. Here are some photos from the events:

 Day 1 - March Around the World

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Day 2 - Team USA


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Day 3 - Winter Olympics

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Day 4 - Closing Ceremony

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Thanks again to the sponsors of I Heart Walking 2014 for cheering our walkers on with their delicious food and freebies!

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Find more photos of I Heart Walking 2014 taken by UCLA Recreation here.