|UCLA loves Bicycles (1): Cover of UCLA Extension Catalog|
|UCLA loves Bicycles (2): Banner from the UCLA Health Homepage|
Point taken. Cycling towards academic excellence is probably a precarious proposition. But I was surprised that our partners across the table seemed content to outsource the benefits of active modes to a transient and un-funded group of cyclists like ourselves. Why would UCLA not take a position that explicitly encourages healthy, active and green modes for the commute to campus? To raise more green commuters, you need more than a blog. You need to engage local agencies so they provide better facilities around campus. And then you articulate disappointment when Councilmember Koretz just steps away from the commitment to study bike lanes on Westwood Blvd. Advice about how to reach out, how to negotiate and how to make lemons into lemonade has been well received, but this baby is too big for a crew of well-intentioned activists who need to get on with their academic lives. Remember, we too have to study and to work, to teach, to read, to write and to do research. Do you really expect us to remedy what your institution has overlooked for decades? Would it be so difficult to interpret current guidance about how the campus is to act within its local community to include an explicit emphasis on healthy and active modes?
|UCLA loves Bicycles (3): Bruin Bikes|