Adrian Olivas has one of the more unusual commuting styles we’ve come across. The 21-year old student has spent the past summer in Chino traveling by skateboard and Omnitrans.
“I have a car, but I’m restoring it,” he explains. “A few months ago I picked up a ’71 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. I’m redoing the interior, so I can’t use it right now. I use my skateboard and the bus to get wherever I need to go. I live off G Street, so I take the skateboard to catch Omnitrans at the transit center. It works pretty good because you can carry it around with you. It’s not as big as a bike. And when I take the train to Los Angeles twice a month, I can skate to my grandparents’ house. It cuts down the travel time.”
In addition to his skateboarding, Adrian enjoys listening to music, going to shows and doing portraits in charcoal and pastel. An architecture student at the University of California Santa Cruz, he is interested in commercial design because it’s bigger and more complex. It allows him to be more creative. He explains that after he earns his Bachelor’s degree, he’d like to continue his studies in another country, possibly Japan.
He is particularly curious about how people use the public transit system there.
“I have friends who have been before,” Adrian says. “And they’ve told me that a lot of people actually own two sets of bikes. Because it is so crowded and there’s no space for them on the bus, they will leave one bike at the station when they board and have their second one waiting at the other station when they get off.”
He finds the idea interesting. For now though, he prefers to stick to the portability and speed of his skateboard for quick trips. “It makes it very simple to get around,” he smiles.
– Juno Kughler Carlson