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Pedal, Paddle, Stroke

Sierra Brown Supercommutes to CSULB

Master of fine arts degree candidate Sierra Brown spent eight Mondays last fall on a thesis project that began with swimming 12 miles from the Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro, through Port of Los Angeles shipping lanes, to the Marina Pacifica Mall in Long Beach in an effort to create an awareness about the environment and Southern California’s lack of public transportation. She called the project the “Port-to-Class Supercommute.”

She also dodged semi trucks across 16 miles of Wilmington using in-line skates, a Razor scooter, a bike, her own two feet and other non-car means to get to her 7 p.m. Monday art class.

Her graduate project culminated in April with a campus gallery exhibition and a published book.

The roots of the project began after Brown realized there was no easy way to bicycle to school. Pedestrian and bike traffic are forbidden on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, but public transit meant a two-and-a-half-hour commute

Sierra Brown on bike

Sierra Brown swimming