We recently received a wildly inspirational story from a UCLA alumna and couldn't help but share it with you. Kathryn started biking at UCLA and never stopped. Here's why.
I grew up in L.A. and thought bicycling was a bit crazy. But as a UCLA student, I got really interested in sustainability. And in my junior year, 2009, the Bruin Bike program started, where students could rent a commuter bike for something like $45/quarter. At that price, I had to give it a try. I was living in Brentwood at the time. I started bicycling to campus, and I loved it!
I then attended a recreational group ride, led by students. There were about 30 of us, and we biked from UCLA to LAX. It was invigorating: the camaraderie, the exercise, the non-stop laughing. Seeing miles of the city by bicycle gave me such a wonderful new perspective.
After graduating, despite having a good car, bicycling became my preferred mode of transportation. I even commuted to work by bicycle (15 miles!) and I began leading group rides. I am now a huge advocate for safer streets, and bicycle infrastructure. I volunteer countless hours, and it has become
an integral part of my life. It's how I met my significant other and many of my best friends.
All thanks to Bruin Bikes.