Get Back Out There This Summer On a Bike

  • June 22, 2021

Instantly activate vacation mode, even if you are staying in town and still working or taking a summer session class, with some two-wheeled travel. With plenty of beach spots (plus adjacent bike paths) and other So Cal scenery, pleasant weather, and art and culture around every corner, cycling is an ideal summer activity in sunny L.A. 

Whether you arrive fueled by personal pedal power, get a boost from an e-bike, or add in a ride on the bus or train for longer distances, biking is the best way to go this summer.

Get Outside

Trinny Tat in SM

That much-needed daily dose of vitamin D, which supports total body wellness, can be supplemented with a bike ride. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the wind in your hair and sunshine on your face. After a long and unforgiving 2020 spent behind closed doors, the best medicine is getting outside. Research repeatedly shows being outdoors is good for you: improving happiness and alleviating depression and anxiety, in addition to other physical health benefits. 

Avoid Traffic 

Traffic has rebounded in L.A., and gasoline prices are up. Forgo any pain at the pump or aggravating gridlock by arriving by bike. If you've got a lot of miles to cover, take public transportation part of the trip. Like biking, transit is an affordable and environmentally friendly option to arrive at all the summer hot spots. And, wave goodbye to the hassle of beach parking!

Practice Riding for the Fall

Bet you can't wait to be on campus! Riding a bicycle is a fun, healthy, and inexpensive way to get to and around UCLA. As the university plans to welcome Bruins back this fall, consider a better alternative than driving and paying for a parking permit. With discounted daily parking available, you can bike commute and take the car when needed — at a much lower cost to yourself and the planet.  

Finally, with vaccinations now available to everyone, enjoy those longer days safely riding around with family members and pals. 

Photo Credit: Chris Giza