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UCSD Bicycle and Skateboard Guidelines

Read the guidelines on this page if you ride a bike or skateboard on campus.

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

To avoid a citation, follow these guidelines:

  • Skateboarding is permitted on paved surfaces on the campus with the exception of the following areas where skateboarding is never permitted:
    • 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 the mall.
    • The section of 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. Biking also is not permitted on Library Walk and Ridgewalk weekdays 8:30 a.m.–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.

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.

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.
  • Roller skates, rollerblades, scooters and devices of a similar nature are included wherever skateboards are prohibited.

Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/skateboard.