Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is President's Directive #16?

Directive #16 governs the use of the following alternative forms of transportation on campus: bicycles, roller skates, scooters, skateboards, motor-driven cycles of any kind, electronic personal assistive mobility devices and motorized bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

What is the purpose of Directive #16?

Directive #16 encourages and supports the use of bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation on campus by faculty, staff and students as a means of promoting sustainability and reducing emissions, pollutants and energy usage. The use of bicycles and other alternative transportation is limited or restricted only when necessary to provide for the safety of all members of the campus community and/or protect University property. Directive #16 permits bicycles to be ridden almost anywhere on campus when parking permits are not required. It also creates a bicycle committee and mandates that this committee, among other things, make recommendations concerning the location and type of bike racks used on campus.

To whom does Directive #16 apply?

Directive #16 applies to all members of the campus community and to anyone visiting the campus.

Where can I ride a bicycle on campus?

Bicycles may be ridden almost anywhere on campus when parking permits are not required. Bicyclists must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, exercise due care and use reasonable caution at all times, and not obstruct or limit access to University facilities when leaving a bicycle unattended. Bicycles may not be ridden in posted dismount areas; campus buildings or parking structures; over shrubbery; or on grass. Bicycles may be ridden in posted dismount areas either for instructional purposes or whenever parking fee regulations are not enforced.

Where are the dismount areas?

The campus bike paths and dismount areas are shown on the following mapPDF File Opens in new window

How will the bike paths and dismount areas be shown?

The campus bike paths and dismount areas on designated using the following signs.

Where can I park a bicycle on campus?

Bicycles may only be parked and/or secured in designated bicycle racks. Bicycles may also be stored in private offices but must be located so as not to obstruct entering and exiting from the room. Bicycles may not be parked, stored or secured inside any classroom, laboratory, hallway or building foyer. Bicycles are not allowed in buildings or on balconies. Bicycles may not be parked by or secured to sign posts, railings or any other university property other than the racks provided. Report overcrowded bicycle racks to Parking and Transportation at (657) 278-3082.

Where can I ride and park a bicycle in the residence halls?

Bicycles may not be ridden on residence hall walk ways. Bicycle racks and storage huts are provided at suitable locations at the residence halls.

Where can I ride a skateboard on campus?

Skateboards may not be ridden anywhere on campus, including parking structures and residence hall walk ways, except for instructional purposes and/or during University sanctioned events.

Why can't I ride a skateboard on campus?

Skateboarding is restricted on campus because of the likelihood that if a skateboarder falls, he or she will inadvertently project his or her skateboard into another person. In addition, those performing "tricks" using their skateboards are very likely to damage University property in the process.

Where can I ride a scooter or roller skates?

Anywhere you can ride a bicycle on campus, you can also ride a scooter or roller skates.

Where can I ride a motor-driven cycle, electronic personal assistive mobility device, motorized bicycle, motorized scooter or motorized skateboard on campus?

Except for instructional purposes and/or during University sanctioned events, motor-driven cycles, motorized scooters and motorized skateboards may not be operated on campus. Motorized bicycles and electronic personal assistive mobility devices may only be operated on campus roadways.

What happens if I don't follow the rules?

University PoliceOpens in new window may ticket anyone who, for example, rides a bicycle in a dismount area, rides a skateboard on campus or secures his or her bike to a tree or railing. Those who violated Directive #16 may also be reported to Judicial Affairs.

When will enforcement begin?

Parking & Transportation and University Police will implement an educational campaign beginning on August 26, 2008 to inform the campus community about Directive #16. Enforcement will likely begin on or after October 6, 2008.

What happens if I have a disability and need to use a restricted form of transpiration?

Any of the alternative forms of transportation addressed in Directive #16 may be used or operated on campus to accommodate a disability with the prior written authorization of the Director of the Office of Disabled Student ServicesOpens in new window . The written authorization will outline how and where that alternative form of transportation may be operated on campus.