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Bike/Skateboard Rules and Regulations

Last Updated Nov 2011

Walking and riding in and around UCSB Campus is regulated by sections 21113(a), and 21113(g) of the California Vehicle Code. Violations of any of these regulations is an infraction.

21113(a) VC -

Driving or Parking on Public Grounds: No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle upon the driveways, paths or grounds of the University except with the permission of and upon subject to any condition or regulation as may be imposed by the University.

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS:

21113(g) VC -

001 UNSAFE SPEED.

No person shall ride a bicycle on a bikeway at a speed greater than is reasonable having due regard for the flow of existing traffic, weather, and visibility as well as the surface and width of the bikeway and any activity that limits a safe travel speed.

(a) No person shall ride a bicycle on a bikeway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable flow of traffic.

.002 DISTANCE BETWEEN BICYCLES:

Having due regard for speed, traffic, and the condition of the roadway, bicycle riders shall maintain a reasonable distance between themselves, pedestrians, other bicyclists, and other vehicles.

.003 KEEP TO THE RIGHT:

A bicyclist shall stay in the right lane when on a designated bikeway. On any bikeway a bicyclist shall avoid weaving as they ride. When ready to pass or change direction of travel in any way, the bicyclist must check for other bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles that could be affected by this change and notify them by the use of hand signals or other means as to the intent to change direction.

(a) Persons riding bicycles on a bikeway shall ride single file except when passing.

(b) Persons riding a bicycle on any approved roadway shall ride on that portion of the roadway farthest to the right of the lane unless, after signaling their intention to turn, the rider changes lanes or initiates a left turn.

.004 PEDESTRIANS, SKATEBOARDERS, AND ROLLERSKATERS ON BIKEWAYS:

Bikeways are reserved for the use of bicycles. The bicyclist has the right-of-way on a bikeway. However, bicyclists shall yield to pedestrians attempting to cross the bikeway.

(a) Persons walking bicycles or motorized bicycles shall be considered pedestrians; as such, they shall be subject to all regulations pursuant to pedestrians.

(b) Pedestrians shall keep to cement walkways, and shall avoid walking on roadways or bikeways except to cross at designated crosswalks.

(c) Skateboarders, in-line roller skaters and roller skaters shall be considered pedestrians. Skateboards, in-line roller skates and roller skates shall not be ridden on roadways and bikeways.

(d) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the bicyclist from the duty to exercise due caution for the safety of any pedestrian on a bikeway.

.005 USE OF WALKWAY ADJACENT TO BIKEWAY:

Bicyclists must ride on bikeways. An adjacent walkway may not be used by a bicyclist.

.006 YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES:

All bicyclists and pedestrians shall move to the side of the road, bikeway, or walkway, and yield the right-of-way to any emergency vehicle having either emergency lights and/or a siren on.

.007 THROWING OBJECTS FROM BICYCLE:

No object shall be thrown from a moving or stationary bicycle.

.008 DOGS ON BIKEWAYS:

No dog shall be allowed on a bikeway. The dog is subject to impound and the owner is subject to a fine in order to obtain release of the animal.

.009 BICYCLES ON WALKWAYS:

Bicycles shall not be ridden on any campus walkway.

.010 PEDESTRIANS RIGHT-OF-WAY:

Pedestrians have the right-of-way on a walkway.

.011 MOTORIST ON BIKEWAYS:

A motorist is prohibited from driving on a bikeway at any time. Any exceptions must have the prior written permission of the Chief of Police.

(a) Emergency vehicles shall be exempt.

(b) The operator of a motorized bicycle shall be considered a motorist when the motor of the bicycle is engaged. As a motorist, the operator of a motorized bicycle may drive on four-lane divided highways.

(c) When the motor of a motorized bicycle is disengaged, the driver shall be considered a bicyclist. As a bicyclist the driver may ride in any area on campus where bicycle riding is permitted. As a bicyclist the driver shall obey all regulations that apply to bicycles.

.012 BICYCLIST MUST OBEY VEHICLE LAWS:

Every person riding a bicycle is required to obey the same traffic regulations as the driver of an automobile. This includes obeying all stop signs, yield signs, red lights, and other traffic signals specific to this campus.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while bicycling.

(b) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.

(c) No person shall wear any headset or earplugs in both ears while bicycling.

(d) The rider of any bicycle involved in an accident shall immediately stop at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of others. The bicyclist shall be held to the same requirements as a person involved in a motor vehicle accident.

.013 BICYCLIST ON FOUR LANE DIVIDED HIGHWAYS:

Bicyclist riding on campus are prohibited on any four lane, divided highway.

.014 RIDING IN A PROHIBITED AREA:

Bicycles may not be ridden in areas that are marked for pedestrian use only, including pedestrian crosswalks at intersections. Bicyclists must walk their bicycles through these areas.

.015 LIGHTS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT:

Bicycle equipment shall comply with the California State Vehicle Code. A light shall be used when a bicyclist is traveling at night.

.016 SEATS:

No persons shall operate a bicycle other than sitting upon or astride a permanent or regular seat. No operator shall allow a person riding as a passenger, and no person shall ride as a passenger on any bikeway, walkway, roadway or highway, other than upon or astride a separate seat attached thereto.

BICYCLE PARKING:

.017

Bicycles shall be left parked or stored on campus only in areas specifically designated by the presence of racks or other devices designated for bicycle parking, or when designated by the posting of signs indicating the space as a bicycle parking area.

.018

No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left in any area where signs are posted indicating that bicycle parking is prohibited.

.019

No person shall park, store, or leave a bicycle in such a manner as to block or otherwise impede normal entrance to or exit from any building on campus.

(a) No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left within six feet of an entrance or exit unless a bicycle rack or parking device or marked bicycle spaces are provided within that distance, in which case, the bicycle must be parked in the designated parking area.

(b) No bicycle shall be parked, stored or left standing on any access or egress ramp.

(c) No bicycle shall be locked to any post, rail, or fence.

.020

No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left so as to interfere with or impede the normal movement of wheel chairs or bicycles upon ramps installed for the purpose of assisting the movement of disabled persons.

.021

No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left in any of the locations described in the following subsections:

(a) Main Library Entrance: including any sidewalk, pathway, bridge, or area constituting an entrance or exit for the main library, west or east doors, except where such parking is permitted and designated by the placement of racks or devices or signs indicating the area as a bicycle parking area.

(b) Robertson Gym: including any sidewalk, pathway, or area within the perimeter of Robertson Gym and its auxiliary wings, except where such parking is permitted and designated by the placement of parking racks, or devices, or signs indicating the existence of a bicycle parking area.

(c) Ellison, Phelps and Buchanan Halls Complex and Patio Areas: including any sidewalk, pathway, or area constituting an entrance or exit for the Ellison, Phelps and Buchanan Halls complex, or any sidewalk, pathway, or area within the perimeter of said complex, or any sidewalk, pathway, or area within the perimeter, including a distance of twenty five (25) feet from all buildings, except areas where such parking is permitted by the presence of bicycle racks, or other devices or signs indicating the area as a bike parking area.

.022

No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left on any lawn or landscaped area except in those areas designated as bicycle parking areas by the presence of racks, devices, or signs, which indicate the area as a bicycle parking area.

.023

No bicycle shall be chained or otherwise locked or attached to any handrail, tree, shrubbery, door, sign post, lamp, telephone pole, or other object not maintained or designated for the purpose of securing bicycles.

(a) Neither the University nor any University Police official authorized to remove and impound a bicycle shall be liable to the owner of the bicycle for the cost of repair or replacement of a securing device or lock.

.024

No bicycle shall be parked, stored, or left in any lobby, hallway, or room of any building unless that area is specifically designated for bicycles. Designated areas must be in accordance with all federal, state, and local fire and safety regulations. This section is not intended to prohibit an individual from storing or parking a bicycle in his/her office or residence.

BICYCLE IMPOUNDING:

.025

Any University Police Officer, Bicycle Officer or other person authorized specifically by the Chief Of Police, may move, relocate, or impound any bicycle which is:

(a) Blocking or otherwise impeding traffic in any street, highway, roadway, path, or sidewalk.
(b) Blocking or impeding normal entrance to or exit from any building on the University.
(c) Parked in violation of any of the sections of this chapter.
(d) Appears to be abandoned.
(e) Has been reported stolen to a law enforcement agency.

.026

Any bicycle impounded pursuant to any section of this chapter shall be stored in a secure facility designated for such purpose by the Chief of Police. A fee shall be charged to the owner prior to the release of any impounded bicycle. Any bicycle being released must have a valid license. Fees collected pursuant to this section shall be retained by the Police Department for use in bicycle support programs and bicycle-related matters. Impounded Bicycles can be retrieved at the CSO office located at the Public Safety Building during designated times.

BICYCLE LICENSING:

.027

Pursuant to 39002 VC - To operate a bicycle on campus, it must be licensed with a California State Bicycle License, which may be obtained at the University Police Department through the Community Service Organization for a fee. Registration is valid for a period of up to three years, expiring on December 31 of the third year. If a serial number cannot be found on the frame, one consisting of the license number shall be stamped into the frame. Removal or altercation of a serial number is a violation of section 537 (e) of the Penal Code. Unlicensed bicycles may be subject to impound.

SKATING:

.031

No person shall skateboard, in-line roller skate, or roller skate at a speed greater than is reasonable, having due regard for the flow of existing pedestrian traffic, weather, visibility as well as the surface and width of the walkway and any activity limiting a safe travel speed.

.032

No person shall skateboard, in-line rollers kate or roller skate in areas which are prohibited by signs or surface markings.

.033

Skateboarding, in-line rollerskating, and rollerskating are prohibited on any covered walkway, bikeway, road, parking lot, parking garage, underpass, tunnel, interior courtyard, and inside any building as well as on any exterior balcony, stairway, or disability ramp.

.034

No person shall wear any headset, earbuds, or earplugs in both ears while skateboarding, in-line rollerskating or rollerskating.

(a) A person shall not ride a skateboard while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while skateboarding.

(b) A person shall not ride a skateboard while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.

.035

No person shall ride a skateboard, in-line roller skate, or roller skate in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

.036

Persons riding skateboards, in-line roller skates, or roller skates shall yield the right of way to all motor vehicles and pedestrians.

.037

No person riding a skateboard, in-line roller skate, or roller skate shall attach the same or himself or herself to any other vehicle, bicycle or animal.

.038

Persons riding skateboards, in-line roller skates, or roller skates shall ride as near to the right side of the sidewalk or walkway as practicable.

(a) Persons riding a skateboard shall stay within the designated skateboard lane where such lanes are present.

.039

No person shall operate, use or strike a skateboard, in-line roller skate, or roller skate against, onto or upon the roof or the side of buildings, parking garages, fences, steps, handrails, benches, concrete planters, trash-cans, monuments, statues, or similar objects.

(a) No person shall spin, flip, or otherwise manipulate a skateboard in a manner that reasonably could cause a loss of control of that skateboard.

.040

"Skateboard", "in-line roller skate", and/or "roller skate", for the purpose of this section, shall mean a vehicle, device or conveyance with any number of wheels, with a riding surface of any design, and specifically includes scooters, upon which a person may place one or more feet, and which is designed to be or can be propelled by the operator's human power or by gravitational force, or by ancillary motors or engine. "Skateboard, in-line roller skate, roller skate" does not include bicycles.