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Old 11-18-08, 12:32 PM   #1
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Next fall I might be making a move from Brooklyn to the west coast for grad school at UCLA. I've never been to LA, but I feel like I'll be going from paradise to hell in terms of riding. Am I right to feel that way? Anyone commute to UCLA by bike?
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Old 11-18-08, 12:36 PM   #2
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i think you have paradise and hell mixed up
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i dont live in the UCLA area, but i have visited it a bunch of times (my friend goes to LA). There are a decent amount of cyclist riding around at night, not to sure about daytime though.
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seems counter-intuitive at first, i had never expected LA to be a good bike city. it's not exactly a bike-friendly place but LA has a fixed community (lafixed) and it's the only place i know of that has something like midnightridazz.
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That area is full of jammed barely moving traffic which is for good for bikes. Although, I think Wilshire Blvd & Westwood Blvd intersection had the most regular volume of cars in a afternoon than any other intersection in the USA. Depending on where your going to live but riding a bike to UCLA isn't too bad and well worth it with the really bad traffic and scarce parking in UCLA area.
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LA riding is pretty much paradise as far as weather goes.
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Next fall I might be making a move from Brooklyn to the west coast for grad school at UCLA. I've never been to LA, but I feel like I'll be going from paradise to hell in terms of riding. Am I right to feel that way? Anyone commute to UCLA by bike?
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UCLA is pretty bike friendly, and the surrounding Brentwood area is awesome for fun hill rides in the evening. Wilshire/Sepulveda can get pretty gnarly so pay attention to all the idiots. And yes, I think you have paradise and hell mixed up. Come enjoy living on the Left Side.
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