Drive & Ride Safely and Legally
All vehicles coming onto the UC Berkeley campus must observe the driving and parking regulations identified in the campus policy for Vehicle Access to Campus:
The routes designated for vehicles are identified on the vehicle campus access map below:
Speed. Right Of Way.
On the UC Berkeley campus, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all times, except where signage directs pedestrians to give the right of way to bikes.
Bicyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers. There are even speed limits for bikes. Within 10 feet of a pedestrian, you can be fined for going faster than 5 mph. The maximum speed limit on roadways is 25 mph, except where posted otherwise. In driveways and parking lots it is 10 mph.
The Walk Zone and other rules
Basically, where there are crowds of people, that is probably not the time to ride. Don't get caught in The Walk Zone (the time and place), or you might get a citation.
BEST (Bicycle Education & Safety Training)
If you are cited for a "Walk Zone" violation, you may reduce the fee to $50 by attending a 2 hour BEST class. if you decide not to attend the BEST class, citations will be submitted to the Clerk of the Court for normal processing. Classes are administered by Bike East Bay.
California Vehicle Code Laws
- You cannot ride a bicycle while wearing headphones.
- You must have a headlight that illuminates the path when riding at night.
UCPD Riding Guidelines
A headlight for night riding use is required by law. A red rear reflector, two side reflectors on each wheel and reflector pedals should be used. Light-colored, reflective clothing is also a good idea.
- Always ride with traffic.
- Signal your turns and moves.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Ride as far to the right as possible.
- If there is a bike lane, use it.
- Wear a bicycle helmet.
In general, be visible, ride predictably, and communicate with motorists by your actions and signals.
EXTRA CREDIT: To avoid unpredictable collisions, it's nice to let pedestrians know you're approaching and which side you'll pass them on: i.e. call out a hearty, "On your left!" so that you're sure you are heard.
Read more guidelines in Share the Road.
Where can I park and lock my bicycle?
Even of there is no sign posted, you may NEVER park your bike in these places:
- exit pathways
- anywhere else where it may impede emergency exit from a building
Ask yourself, "If I lock it here, would it block passage or access to someone requiring use of a handrail, or the full width of a throughway."
Fines and parking tickets can exceed $200.
Don't park carelessly or your bike may be impounded.
Secure Bicycle Parking
It's a little known fact that our own Parking & Transportation Department offers Secure Bicycle Parking on campus. Using that service is perfect if you have a particularly valuable bike, or you can't risk the loss. Campus affiliates may apply for a space. Your bike must be licensed to use the facilities. The facilities are located in campus parking areas. Below is the link to Bicycle Licensing & Registration information:
What about motorized bicycles?
This chart Motorized Bicycles (PDF) summarizes the differences between certain popular motorized vehicles and devices. Note that for motor-driven cycles, a.k.a. "motor scooters", even if they are less than 50cc, you MUST have:
- M1 Class License
For the traffic code, see the California Department of Motor Vehicles
- Stolen Bike Registry and The Bike Index
UC Berkeley's Annual Security Report — Contains three years of theft statistics for various areas on campus.
- Daily Crime Log (scan for reports mentioning bicycle theft)
- Crime Map (read disclaimer then click "Accept" to access map, search Crime Type: Theft; Agency: UCPD)
- Secure Bicycle Parking offered by Department of Parking & Transportation
- UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation Department, Bike Info page— Offers extensive information about bicycling in the area and about equipment and safety. P&T has worked with the campus to develop the Campus Bicycle Plan.
- UC Berkeley Sustainability, Transportation Overview, including the Campus Bicycling Plan
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Locking Page — This page details the best bike locking strategies.
- Bike East Bay, Safety Resources Page
- And for those of you who've read this much so far: See this vintage Bike Safety video, and the mashup a Boards of Canada fan made of it. Some advice never goes out of style
- Vehicle code for bicycles http://www.dmv.ca.gov/