The Southern California Association of Governments recently awarded the Active Transportation Award to the UCLA Department of Transportation's BruinBikeSmart project. The project was one of this year’s winners of the 2017 SCAG Sustainability Awards, the region’s highest honors for projects that promote and improve mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability in Southern California.

UCLA BruinBikeSmart is a safety and education program that allows cyclists who receive a moving violation citation to have their citation dismissed by completing an online interactive bike safety course and paying an administrative course fee. This project is the first of its kind for Los Angeles County and required significant coordination among UCLA Transportation, the UCLA Police Department and the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Bicyclists who have received a citation are encouraged to access and utilize the BruinBikeSmart training online.

The association was founded in 1965, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, the association is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.

This year, a total of seven planning projects were selected and recognized at an awards luncheon on May 4, as part of the two-day regional conference and general assembly in Palm Desert.