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This Bruin Broke His Foot and Still Commuted the Green Way

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Besides U-C-L-A, Kevin Borg’s favorite letters of the alphabet might be EV, as in electric vehicle. Borg, currently the assistant athletic director for facilities & project management in UCLA Athletics, started commuting to campus from his South Bay home in 1988. Initially, he drove alone to his job in the Morgan Center, followed by an eight-year stint as a UCLA vanpool driver.

In 2016, Borg bought a Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid sedan and switched back to a solo commute. He did this to be able to fit more work into his day without extending his on-campus work schedule. Borg has been able to do this thanks to his in-car Bluetooth receiver for hands-free phone calls and his DMV-issued Green Clean Air Vehicle decals which allow him to drive solo in the 405 Freeway carpool lane. He normally parks on the north side of Structure 7, where unlimited Level 1 charging is available for EVs.

Last March, Borg broke his fibula and needed to use crutches and a knee scooter to move around campus and his office. After obtaining a temporary parking placard for individuals with temporary disabilities from the DMV, he spotted ADA parking stalls available on the opposite end of the structure near an elevator and began to park there.F86A3272

“One day, after pulling into one of the ADA parking spaces, I noticed EV charging equipment mounted overhead,” Borg said. “I followed the directions and began using it every day. What a sweet, convenient, experience. You just push a button, an attachment drops down for easy plug-in, and when you leave, you unplug the cord and it automatically retracts slowly upwards.”

Fully accessible Level 2 chargers are located in parking stalls in each of three ADA spaces for EVs in Parking Structures 2, 7 & 8. These are part of UCLA Transportation’s ongoing efforts to address demand for EV charging for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors, and meet the goal of converting two percent of all structure spaces (approximately 400) to EV-available by the end of fiscal year 2017-18.  Once these are all in, the department will evaluate how this initial expansion is working, with the expectation that even more EV charging capability will be put in place based on customer demand and increased EV ownership.

Once Borg fully healed and completed physical therapy, he was able to return to EV parking on the north side of Structure 7 in a regular parking stall. Looking back on his experience, Borg said he is thankful to the University “for encouraging a carbonless footprint and providing resources which allow employees and visitors to take advantage of convenient EV charging.”

 

 

 

PHOTOS: Rideshare Fair 2017

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Miss out on our Rideshare Fair earlier this week? Don't worry! Scroll down for a quick recap of what went down. For more photos, check out our album on Facebook.

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20 is Plenty: UCLA Changing Campus Speed Limit

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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.

 

How Commuter Students Can Get the Most Out of Their UCLA Experience

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There’s no reason to let a little distance come between a commuter student and an authentic college experience.

You may not be residing on the Hill or in Westwood’s Weyburn Terrace—with Diddy Riese cookie sandwiches nearby—but that doesn't mean UCLA can’t feel like home.

To start off your year, link up with fellow travelers at a commuter meetup hosted by the UCLA Bruin Resources Center and UCLA Transfer Student Center on Sunday, September 24. The afternoon of community building will begin at the Bruin Bear and conclude with a dinner and party in Westwood.

Live the Bruin life by checking out all the ways you can get that True Bruin experience.

Get Involved

Finding a niche within the Bruin community is one of the best ways for a commuter student to feel engaged with the campus.

UCLA has one of the most active programs of extracurricular student activities in the nation, with over 1,000 organizations for undergraduate and graduate students. Seek out an activity that speaks to a passion or gets you excited.

Undergraduates can find out about these groups at the Enormous Activities Fair planned for September 26 and for new graduate students there's the Graduate Student Orientation scheduled for September 19.

Commuters can exercise that Bruin spirit with a UCLA Recreation membership. Purchase a fitness pass or play on an intramural sports team. Recreation has tons of classes and activities every quarter.

Public service is part of the University’s mission and volunteering is more than a noble pursuit—it’s a great way to spend time with likeminded Bruins. View opportunities through the UCLA Volunteer Center website. There are also many student clubs devoted to community service.

Seek out Resources

At UCLA Transportation we offer many programs, promotions and free benefits   for student commuters, and we'll help you find the most convenient and affordable way to get to campus. Students who use alternative transportation such as transit, biking or carpooling can join our Bruin Commuter Club, which provides even more incentives like free Zipcar hours, discounted daily parking and emergency rides home.

Get Social

Stay connected to campus by following UCLA’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). The social media channels provide regular updates about University news and happenings. And don’t forget the traditional avenues for campus information: Read the Daily Bruin and tune in to UCLA Radio.

Enter the Fan Zone

Support your team! With so many men’s and women’s athletic programs ranging from basketball and football to gymnastics and water polo there’s a sporting event everyone can do an Eight-Clap for.

Work it Out

Clock in time on campus by working for UCLA. A campus job is a good way to earn money, make friends and hang around University grounds. Parking Services is currently hiring and for more job listings visit the UCLA Career Center’s BruinView website. Most campus employers (including us) are willing to work around a student’s schedule.

Start a Conversation 

The best way to get to know UCLA? Interact with the campus population! Chat up a classmate and form a study group. Next caffeine refill at Kerckhoff or Jimmy’s, talk to someone in line. Banter with other BruinBus passengers at the stop or while you ride around campus.

Remember, no matter where you are coming from every student arriving at UCLA is part of the class of optimists.

 

 

The Perks of Being a UCLA Parking Student Employee

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As a student, the moment you set foot onto the UCLA campus, you become a Bruin, defined by qualities like integrity and excellence. Why not share that True Bruin spirit with others coming to campus through a job with UCLA Transportation? Gain experience, earn money, have fun and work in a supportive team atmosphere!

Parking Services is seeking students to become valet attendants at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Student valet attendants serve as UCLA ambassadors, greeting visitors and parking vehicles.

There are tons of advantages to being part of the UCLA Transportation team. Just ask Elizabeth Gomez, an International Development Studies major who has worked as a valet attendant for over a year.

A Flexible Schedule

“Working for Parking Services is so nice," Elizabeth said. "Supervisors are really understanding about your schedule and that’s huge when you are a student.”

For Elizabeth, a typical shift involves clocking in at base, which serves as Parking’s headquarters. There she receives a briefing from a supervisor about the expected amount of customers for the day and a review of the calendar to see if anything major is happening that might impact traffic. She’ll also be notified if any VIPs are coming in.

After that she’ll head to the job site where the day consists of valeting cars. While you do need to pull off parallel parking, a big responsibility is welcoming customers.

Valet attendants support the arrival and departure of vehicles by greeting visitors, receiving and inspecting customer vehicles, notating damage, issuing valet permits and driving vehicles to a parking spot.

Excellent Pay & Parking

It doesn’t hurt that, at $14.50 an hour, the job pays well and offers a schedule that won’t exceed 20 hours. Student parking assistants are also eligible to purchase a campus parking permit.

While Elizabeth doesn’t have to worry about her car since she typically commutes using our BruinTAP for transit pass, she does enjoy her driving day job. She explained what exactly makes the gig at Parking Services standout among the BruinView job listings.

A Caring Workplace

“Honestly, what I like most about this job is that I can come in and know that my day is going to get way better because my supervisors, coworkers and work environment are so warm and uplifting – which is not something I think a lot of people might be able to say about their campus jobs.”

The hospitality isn’t reserved just for campus visitors, according to Elizabeth.

“At Parking they don’t just look at you as an employee, they see the whole person. You get really close to your supervisors and they genuinely care to the point where you can come and talk to them about anything — that’s something which is very rare and special among campus jobs. It makes you want to work that much harder when you know your supervisor is concerned about you. I like the environment so in turn I perform better, and that actually helps me do better in all areas of my life.”

Positive Team Atmosphere

Students contribute daily to the work and services provided by Parking Services, and serve as an integral part of the UCLA Transportation team.

“All the employees are nice, and everyone is friendly," Elizabeth continues. "It’s inevitable you become like a family which is really awesome."

As valet attendants at the hospital, students have an opportunity to bring a dose of Bruin cheer to patients and their family and friends and at the same time gain useful skills that will help them beyond their time at UCLA.

Elizabeth noted that because these positions don’t require a specific background, you can apply without a lot of experience. As long as you have a driver license, are patient and willing to learn, everything will be taught to you.

 

To learn how you can join the UCLA Transportation team visit our Student Employment Opportunities website or call (310) 206-1959.