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Skateboard and Bicycle Regulations

 

1.1.01    Purpose

To set forth the regulations that govern the operation and use of bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates and scooters on the campus of or on the property owned, operated or controlled by California State University, Bakersfield.

1.2.01    Authority

The authority to establish rules and regulations pertaining to the use of bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates and scooters on a California State University campus is vested in the University President pursuant to Section 21113(f) of the California Vehicle Code and Title 5, Article 9, Section 42353.1(a) of the California Code of Regulations.

1.3.01     Definitions

1.3.02     “Bicycle” means a device propelled by human power upon which a person may ride having two tandem wheels either of which is more than 12 inches in diameter, with steering capability and brakes which operate on or upon the wheels. It also includes any device generally recognized as a bicycle, although equipped with more than one front or rear wheel.

1.3.03     “Skateboard” means a non-motorized device consisting of two or more wheels affixed to a platform or footboard upon which a rider stands and which does not have steering capability similar to that of a bicycle or brakes which operate on or upon wheels of the skateboard. It also includes every device generally recognized as a skateboard.

1.3.04     “Scooter” means a non-motorized device consisting of two or more wheels affixed to a platform or footboard upon which a rider stands and which has a handle or other mechanism for holding or guiding the device. It also includes every device generally recognized as a scooter. For the purpose of these regulations mopeds and motorcycles are considered motor vehicles.

1.3.05     “Rollerskates” means a device consisting of a shoe with one or more wheels attached for skating or a metal frame with wheels attached that can be fitted to a shoe worn by a person. It includes in-line skates, rollerblades and every device generally recognized as rollerskates.

1.3.06     “University property” means the university campus and any other property owned, operated or controlled by California State University, Bakersfield.

1.4.01     Policy

1.4.02     Bicycles

a)      Unless otherwise provided by regulations or traffic signs, bicycles may only be ridden upon roadways and sidewalks, except that where a bicycle path has been provided adjacent to a roadway or sidewalk, bicycle riders shall use such bicycle path.

b)      Bicycles shall not be ridden upon any ramp, stairway, wall, bench, fountain, or other structure or facility or on or over shrubbery, grass, or flower beds. Bicycles shall not be ridden within any building or parking lot except as part of a university approved competition or function.

c)      Every person riding a bicycle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

d)      Every person riding a bicycle shall exercise due care and reasonable caution to prevent injury to others, to self, or to property. Obstacle riding or other acts or maneuvers which may endanger the bicycle operator or others or damage property is prohibited.

e)      No person riding a bicycle shall exceed a reasonable and proper speed under the circumstances then and there existing. If no event shall any person ride a bicycle at a speed greater than 10 miles per hour upon any sidewalk or pedestrian pathway except as part of a university approved competition or function.

f)       No person riding a bicycle shall attach the same in any manner to any moving vehicle, except that this shall not prohibit the attaching to a bicycle of a bicycle trailer or semitrailer specifically designed for such attachment.

g)      Bicycles shall not be ridden two or more abreast on any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway, except as part of a university approved competition or function.

h)      No person shall ride a bicycle upon or along a sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, or across a roadway where the riding of bicycles is prohibited by official traffic control devices or signs, except as part of a university approved competition or function.

i)       No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his/her person in a backpack or sling or in a child carrier securely attached to the bicycle.

j)       No person riding a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or other article which may prevent the operator from keeping at least one hand on the handle bars.

k)      Every bicycle shall be equipped with such brakes, reflectors, and other safety devices as is required by State law for operating a bicycle on streets or highways.

l)       Bicycles shall not be parked on or at ramps, entrances or other facilities designated for persons with physical disabilities or in such a manner as to impede the free and clear use of such facilities.

m)    Bicycles shall not be parked in the public areas of any building, including but not limited to hallways, stairwells, and classrooms. Bicycles shall not be parked at or near any building entrance or exit in such a manner as to impede the free and clear use of such areas.

n)      Bicycles shall not be parked at or attached to any fire hydrant, standpipe, building service equipment or other safety device.

  • o)     State traffic laws pertaining to bicycles are in full force and effect on university property.

1.4.03     Skateboards, Scooters and Rollerskates

a)      Unless otherwise provided by regulations or traffic signs, skateboards, scooters and rollerskates may only be ridden upon roadways, the bike path, or upon designated routes in the campus interior. The designated routes are as follows:

  1. From the Don Hart West turn-around, south on the Red Brick Road to the turn-around at the east end of Student Way.
  2. From the Student Way turn-around, south on the sidewalk/emergency road between Science III and the Business Development Center to Rowdy Way.
  3. From the Student Way turn-around, east on the service road, then south (Roadrunner Drive extension) to the turn-around in front of the Icardo Center.

b) Skateboards, scooters and rollerskates shall not be ridden or used upon any sidewalk not authorized by this policy. Except as part of a university approved competition or function, skateboards, scooters and rollerskates shall not be ridden or used in any parking lot.

c)      Skateboards, scooters or rollerskates shall not be ridden upon or used on any ramp, stairway, wall, bench, fountain, or other structure or facility or on or over any landscaped area, including, but not limited to, grass, shrubbery, or flower beds. Skateboards, scooters and rollerskates shall not be ridden or used within any building or parking lot.

d)      Every person riding a skateboard or scooter or using rollerskates shall yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

e)      Every person riding a skateboard or scooter or using rollerskates shall exercise due care and reasonable caution to prevent injury to others, to self, or to property.

f)       No person riding a skateboard or scooter or using rollerskates shall exceed a reasonable and proper speed under the circumstances then and there existing and in no event shall any person riding a skateboard or scooter or using rollerskates exceed a speed of 10 miles per hour upon any path or roadway except as part of a university approved competition or function.

g)      Skateboard and scooter riders and rollerskate users shall not engage in obstacle riding or other acts or maneuvers which may endanger the rider or others or which damage property.

h)      Skateboards, scooters or rollerskates shall not be left unattended on or at ramps, entrances or other facilities designated for persons with physical disabilities or in such a manner as to impede the free and clear use of such facilities.

i)       Skateboards, scooters or rollerskates shall not be left unattended in the public areas of any building, including but not limited to hallways, stairwells, and classrooms. Skateboards, scooters or rollerskates shall not be left unattended at or near any building entrance or exit in such a manner as to impede the free and clear use of such areas.

j)       All state laws pertaining to skateboards, scooters or rollerskates are in full force and effect on university property.

1.5.01  Enforcement

a)     Violations of certain sub-sections of these regulations may result in temporary seizure of the bicycle, skateboard, scooter or rollerskates.

b)     Failure to follow these regulations may result in criminal action pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 21113(f) and/or referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.