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UC San Diego Bicycle, Skateboard and Scooter Guidelines

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

To ensure community safety, never operate personal mobility devices at excessive speeds or in a reckless or unsafe manner. Do not exceed a speed of 8 mph on shared-use paths. Be aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles and pedestrians. 

Policies, Rules and Regulations

Impounded Bicycles

To retrieve your impounded bike, contact the Bicycle Enforcement Officer, (858) 534-7335. You will be charged a $10 impound fee

Bicycles

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.
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, lamppost or other object

Prevent Bicycle Theft

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

Resources

  • Find resources for campus cyclists.
  • Faculty, staff and students who commute by bicycle are eligible for benefits through the Pedal Club.

Skateboards

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
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

Drive defensively and use common sense. Motorized scooters are vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.