Behind the scenes of the Bike-U-Mentary

The UCLA Bike-U-mentary short film, co-starring Herbie Huff MA ’11 and campus staff member Mihai Peteu, will be recognized as a Metro Rideshare Diamond Award winner at a recognition ceremony tomorrow.

Through its annual Rideshare Diamond Awards, Metro honors employers and individuals that demonstrate their commitment to helping improve air quality and alleviate our region’s traffic congestion through sustainable modes of transportation.

“We are very excited about the recognition for the Bike-U-mentary,” said Brent Pantell, Director and creative mind behind the film. “We were pleased by how well it was received by the bike community here on campus as well as in the LA region, and in the blogosphere.”

Produced jointly by UCLA Transportation and the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center, the Bike-U-mentary is a short documentary drama film profiling real cyclists on their commute to UCLA, combined with a fictional plot.

“The film (also) shows actual UCLA bike commuters going through both their morning routine and their bike route to campus and, by doing so, provides inspiration for others to give it a try,” added Penny Menton, Associate Director for UCLA Transportation.

With bike commuting being one of several “green” commute options available to UCLA students, staff and faculty, the UCLA Bike-U-mentary is in line with UCLA’s culture of sustainable practices across the campus community. Presently, about 1,900 Bruins commute via bicycle to UCLA each day.