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UC San Diego Bicycle, Skateboard and Scooter Guidelines

The UC San Diego Police Department enforces bicycle, skateboard and scooter regulations, which apply to the use of bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, scooters and similar devices on campus.

Biking and Skating

  • Skateboarding is permitted on paved surfaces on campus with these exceptions:
    • Campus roads and parking lots
    • Inside all campus buildings and on building decks, such as those at the Mandeville Center and OceanView Terrace
    • Library Walk and Geisel Library Forum
    • Price Center Plaza
    • Warren Mall, including pathways leading to and from it
    • Ridge Walk from the south edge of the Social Sciences complex to the north edge of the Institute of the Americas complex
    • Paths, walks and terraces at the SERF building, Pacific Hall and Sumner Auditorium
    • Concrete walkway south of Cognitive Science buildings
    • Warren College housing areas
    • The concrete ramp and concourse north of RIMAC
  • Biking is not permitted:
    • Where signs restricting it are posted, including the interiors of all buildings and the decks of Mandeville Center and OceanView Terrace
    • On Library Walk and Ridgewalk weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Do not operate bikes or skates at excessive speeds or in a reckless or unsafe manner.
  • Park your bike so it:
    • Doesn't impede vehicle or pedestrian traffic
    • Doesn't block access to sidewalks, access ramps, parking lots, landscaped areas, doors, handrails, etc.
    • Is locked to a designated bike rack, not to a signpost, telephone pole, lamppost or other object
  • Do not exceed a speed of 8 mph on shared-use paths.
  • Display your bike license and renewal sticker facing forward on the bike frame below the bike seat.
  • Roller skates, roller blades, scooters and similar devices are included wherever skateboards are prohibited.

Motorized Scooters

California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. CVC 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California:

  • Must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
  • Have a valid driver license
  • Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks
  • May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths

Be aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles and pedestrians. Drive defensively. Be safe and ride responsibly. Use common sense; motorized scooters are vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.

Online Bicycle Registration

bicycle diagram

  1. Go to Transportation Services online sales to register and pay your fee online. The regisration fee is $6 and renewal fee is $3.
  2. Pickup your registration stickers at the Price Center Police Substation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
  3. Attach stickers to your bicycle and ride safely!

Prevent Bicycle Theft

  • Always lock your bike, even for "just a minute."
  • Lock your bike to a fixed, legal device such as a bike rack.
  • Lock your bike in a visible, well-lit location.
  • Use a U-shaped lock.
  • If you use cables or chains to lock your bike, make sure they're heavy duty and can't be cut easily.
  • Don't lock the wheels of your bike to a bike rack; thieves often leave a wheel and steal the rest of the bike.
  • Register your bicycle. To register your bike with the state of California, visit Campus Bike & Skate, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fee is $6.
  • Report a bicycle theft.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Approach intersections and turns with caution.
  • Stop at stop signs.
  • Use hand signals.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Use lights at night.
  • Use proper gear, including a helmet, bright clothing, reflectors and lights.
  • Yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Slow down on shared-use walkways.

More Information

  • To retrieve your impounded bike, contact the Bicycle Enforcement Officer, (858) 534-7335. You will be charged a $10 impound fee.
  • Find resources for campus cyclists.
  • Faculty, staff and students who commute by bicycle are eligible for benefits through the Pedal Club.

For more information, see Contacts.