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UCSD Bicycle and Skate Guidelines

UCSD bicycle and skate regulations, enforced by the UCSD Police Department, apply to the use of bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, rollerblades, scooters, and similar devices.

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To avoid a citation, follow these guidelines...

  • Bikes and skates are prohibited:
    • Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on main outdoor walkways, e.g., Library Walk and Ridgewalk
    • In all buildings
    • On the decks of Mandeville Center
    • Where signs restricting such activity are posted
  • 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.

To 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 the the UCSD Bike Shop located in Student Center A, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fee is $6.

For bicycle safety, be sure to...

  • 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.

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Additional information

  • To retrieve your impounded bike, contact the Bicycle Enforcement Officer at (858) 534-7335. An impound fee of $10 will be charged.
  • Faculty, staff, and students who commute by bicycle are eligible for free occasional use permits and other benefits through the UCSD Pedal Club.
For more information, see Police Department Contacts.