- November 27 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
The new Safe Ride app is now available to all UCLA students, staff, faculty and visitors. Download the app through Google Play or the Apple Store to request a Safe Ride van at night to take you between campus buildings and nearby residential areas.
Vans can be requested Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (excluding University holidays and breaks).
Operating under the the supervision of the UCLA Police Department, UCLA Safe Ride — previously known as the CSO Evening Van — provides secure, reliable evening transportation for anyone on campus. 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 UCLA Safe Ride mobile app.
Click here for more information.
- March 28 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
The UCLA BruinBikeSmart program has won the 2017 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Sustainability Award for active transportation. This award is the region's highest honor for projects that promote and improve mobility, livability, prosperity, and sustainability in Southern California.
UCLA BruinBikeSmart is a safety and education program that allows cyclists who receive a moving violation to have their citation dismissed by completing an online interactive bike safety course and paying an administrative course fee. This program is the first of its kind for LA County, and developing it required an extensive amount of coordination between Transportation, UCPD, and the LA County Superior Court.
A total of seven planning projects were selected this year, and will be honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, May 4. Other recipients include the cities of Long Beach, Lynwood and San Bernardino, the Imperial County Transportation Commission, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Transportation Corridor Agencies.
- September 28 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
UCLA Transportation and the UCLA Police Department (UCPD) have partnered together to launch BruinBikeSmart, the first program of its kind in Los Angeles County. Similar to traffic school, BruinBikeSmart allows cyclists who received a moving violation citation issued by a UCPD Officer to have their citation dismissed by completing an online bike safety course and paying a $75 course fee.
At the discretion of UCPD, UCLA students, staff and faculty who are cited while cycling for a moving violation will be given the opportunity to complete UCLA’s new online Bicycle Citation Diversion Program (BruinBikeSmart). Leading up to the launch on October 10, UCPD will be educating bicyclists on campus about the new program and the importance of bike safety.
Successfully completing BruinBikeSmart keeps the citation off a cyclist’s DMV driving record. They also benefit from getting a significant amount of bike safety education, which, in turn, can benefit pedestrians and motorists on campus paths and streets.
California Vehicle Code states every person riding a bicycle on a street or highway has the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle. UCPD is responsible for strictly enforcing traffic laws both on and off campus. Bike riders may be cited for running stop signs, riding at unsafe speeds, riding on the wrong side of the road or on sidewalks, not having legal brakes, etc.
Developing the BruinBikeSmart program required an extensive amount of coordination between Transportation, UCPD and the LA County Superior Court. In doing so, “we’ve heard interest expressed by local municipalities in establishing their own like-minded programs,” said Karwaski.
- January 11 2013
The UCLA campus is filled with students, staff and faculty who get around campus by foot, bicycle, skateboards and more. Wheels can help us get to our destinations quickly and efficiently, but safety is always of utmost importance.
In November 2012, UCPD observers completed a count of individuals using bicycles, skateboards or scooters in Bruin Plaza. Over 80% of those individuals were not walking their wheels through the dismount zone.
The University of California Police Department began issuing warnings to those who were riding through dismount zones in December 2012. Starting Tuesday, January 22, 2013, UCPD will begin issuing tickets to those who are not walking their wheels in dismount zones.
Dismount zones are located in three areas on campus: Bruin Walk, Bruin Plaza and the Parking Structure 8 corridor. These zones were implemented in 2009 to increase campus safety and avoid rider/pedestrian collisions. This policy is not meant to discourage traveling on wheels around campus, but rather to protect the safety of pedestrians and the entire campus community.
Read our previous coverage on our dismount zone signage here.