Bicycles on Campus

What are the most important things you should know about riding a bike on campus?

  • Be safe. Safety First! Always obey the rules of the road. Obey all traffic signals, signs, and laws. Get in the mindset of “driving” your bike—not just “riding” your bike. This will help you be a more focused and legally compliant bike rider. Wear a helmet for every ride, even short trips.
  • Be predictable. Ride so drivers, other cyclists, and pedestrians can see you and predict your movements.
  • Be alert. Ride defensively and expect the unexpected. Focus on riding and what is around you at all times. Always check behind you; do a quick check before you change lanes.
  • Be equipped. Always maintain a safe bike, have a front bike light that works and a rear reflector, wear bright colored or reflective clothing so you are visible at all times, and carry tools to fix a flat.
  • Be courteous. Yield to pedestrians and use hand signals to indicate to motorists your direction of travel.

Electric Bicycle Safety and Training


This online training course is part of a state-wide initiative (AB 1946) on eBike safety courtesy of California Highway Patrol.  

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Bicycle safety

While riding your bicycle, follow all traffic laws and wear a bicycle helmet for every ride, even short trips. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries and serious harm.

In addition, defensive cycling is a key to bicycle safety.  Check out these videos from Bay Area 511 for more tips. 

Follow the rules

Bicyclists need to follow the rules of the road as outlined by the California Vehicle Code, California DMV Bicycle Safety website.  

We also recommend that you not talk on a cell phone or text while riding.


Bicycle parking & inner campus riding

Most buildings have bike racks located by the main entrances. Lock up your bike when using bike racks.

For inner campus rides remember:

  • Reduce your speed
  • Watch out for pedestrians
  • Watch out for any campus vehicles (trucks,  golf carts, etc)
  • Be aware of any uneven pathways