CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Gas prices have hit commuters so hard in Southern California, even Telesis Community Credit Union CEO Grace Mayo said she’s considering riding her motorcycle to work this summer.

“We’re seeing a cultural change here in the driving patterns as a result of gas prices,” Mayo said. “Everyone who can is using our Metro rail and bus systems, and our employees are car pooling more than ever. And, we’ve seen more motorcyclists on the road and more people riding bicycles to work.”

So many Southern Californians are garaging their gas-guzzlers, Mayo said her $600 million credit union has seen an increase in voluntary surrenders and repossessions of SUVs and inefficient cars. And, she said, Telesis is not the only one.

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