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UCLA Rideshare Month 2017

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RideShare-2017_BlogTired of dealing with traffic or paying for parking? Join UCLA Transportation in celebrating UCLA Rideshare Month during October!

WHAT IS RIDESHARE

Rideshare is the shared use of transportation through public transit, carpool, vanpool, biking and walking.

PLEDGE TO SHARE THE RIDE

Pledge with UCLA Transportation to commute to UCLA by public transitcarpoolvanpoolbike, or foot from now until October 31. Those who pledge below will have the opportunity to win a Fitbit, Amtrak tickets, gift cards, Metro passes and more!

Click here to read the terms and conditions of both the pledge and prize drawings.

RIDESHARE WEEK CELEBRATION

Come celebrate with us at our Rideshare Month Fair on Monday, October 30, at Bruin Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participate in a variety of fun activities and prize drawings aimed at promoting sustainable transportation and a healthy lifestyle.

Wilshire Center and Medical Center employees can also join in on the fun by visiting us at one of our tables during Rideshare Week. Bring coworkers and learn more about alternative transportation, enter into prize drawings and receive free giveaways!

Please also join us for the monumental launch of Bruin Bike Share on Tuesday, October 3.

  • Monday, October 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center Dining Garden
  • Tuesday, October 3, Bruin Bike Share Launch, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Trimana Cafe in the Wilshire Center
  • Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza

Thank you for joining us in our quest to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Please Note: If you are pledging from a phone or tablet, please click here to complete the online form.

How Your Commute Can Make You Happier

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Happy-CommuteCommuting to work can be traffic-laden, tedious and dreadful. But it turns out there's a way to lighten the load, and it starts with picking the right transportation mode. According to a paper published last month in the journal Sustainability, the way we commute can affect our sense of happiness and well-being. In particular, sustainable commutes can reduce bad feelings and lead to greater contentment.

Using the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) and commute data from 187 U.S. cities for one year, researchers from four universities looked at the relationship between sustainable transportation modes in metropolitan areas and individual well-being. The WBI is based on five elements: physical well-being, community well-being, social well-being, financial well-being and purpose, and associated career well-being.

The general pattern of results indicated that regions that favor sustainable commute modes over driving-alone had higher well-being scores, even when controlling for other important predictors of happiness. Driving alone was associated with lower well-being scores, whereas carpool and non-motorized modes were associated with higher well-being scores.

Automobile use has been found to increase boredom, social isolation and stress, while active transportation users (walkers and cyclists) have significantly higher self-reported happiness levels than those who drive—even when accounting for differences in income, health and attitudes about travel.

Physically active commute modes likewise have been shown to reduce the number of sickness incidences over time. Commuters who bike or walk report better health, lower exhaustion and stress, and fewer missed workdays than their counterpart car commuters.

The study also suggested that providing incentives for commuters to use more sustainable commute options could offer greater opportunity for happiness than those that do not. This summer we launched the new Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit Program, which gives eligible faculty, staff and students the opportunity to try public transit free for one full quarter.

Happiness can be influenced by transportation systems—with sustainable infrastructure and policies potentially enhancing quality of life. Being able to begin and end the workday in a less stressful manner can contribute to physiological and psychological wellness.

These findings demonstrate more sustainable transportation modes are associated with well-being, with the evidence presented supporting the notion that commute mode affect the pursuit of happiness.

Ready for a brighter future by changing your commute habit? See what alternative transportation programs we offer on our website.

 

 

What Do We Do At UCLA Transportation? [VIDEO]

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Dickson Plaza 01-00354 copy2 blogPeople often think all we do is provide parking on campus, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, parking is part of it. Most of it, however, is getting you access to campus. That's what we're all about: being green, sustainable and safe.

To highlight some of our goals, accomplishments and best practices, we've made this nifty video. Check it out below and on our YouTube channel.

 

Vanpool Driver Appreciation Program

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driver-appreciation700x240It's hard work being a vanpool driver. Vanpool drivers play an essential part in making the UCLA Vanpool Program successful, and we can't thank them enough.

But hopefully, our new Driver Appreciation Program will help. To reward vanpool drivers for their continued commitment, we will be organizing monthly prize drawings.

Bruin Commuter Services will randomly select one or more vanpools per month, and every driver in those vanpools will receive rewards. Winners will be announced via email and on MyVan.

Once a vanpool wins, it will be removed from the drawing pool until all vans have been selected to receive rewards.

Rewards include one UCLA promotional item, as well as one of the following:

  • Two movie tickets
  • Six 1-day Metro passes preloaded onto a TAP card
  • A quarterly BruinGO! Flash Pass preloaded onto a TAP card
  • $25 BruinCard credit

The first drawing will be held Thursday, November 10. Keep an eye out for the winners announcement.

One Month of Free Vanpool!

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rideshare-vip-700x240Rideshare Month is still underway, and this week we're focusing on vanpool.

Vanpools pick you up near your home and take you to and from work. Not only do you avoid driving in traffic, you save time and money, and you can relax or sleep during your commute.

We're offering one month of free vanpool based on availability. If there's an open seat on your selected route, we'll give it to you free of charge for one month, no strings attached.

We have over 150 vanpool routes serving 85 communities as far as Moreno Valley, Laguna Hills and Rialto.

If you're interested in this offer and want to find out if there's an open seat on a vanpool you'd like to join, register here.