UCR Policies and Procedures

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Campus Policy Number:             450-24

Policy Topic:                                Unlicensed Motorized Scooters

Policy Owner:                              Vice Chancellor - Business & Administrative Services

Effective Date:                             09/23/2010



A.         Introduction and Overview


The community at University of California, Riverside (UCR) has increased to more than 20,000 students, faculty, and staff.  This large population, which will continue to increase, has resulted in a greater density of persons walking along pathways and sidewalks throughout the campus.  The pathways and sidewalks within the campus interior, especially in the vicinity of the Carillon Mall and the HUB, are heavily traveled by pedestrians on foot throughout the day and early evening.  Individuals using Unlicensed Motorized Scooters (UMSs) have been observed weaving through the pedestrian traffic throughout the UCR campus.  In many instances, the presence of those traveling on these electric or gasoline powered two-wheeled devices has disrupted the natural flow of foot traffic, creating conflict and, in some cases, triggering accidents.   Additionally, many of the gasoline-powered UMSs create a noise nuisance.


The intent of this policy is to protect the UCR campus community at large from the inherent dangers of UMS use.  This policy serves to ensure that the campus pathways and sidewalks, designed to accommodate foot traffic only, may be safely travelled.


B.         Background and Related References


It is in the best interest of the UCR campus community to prohibit the use of UMSs on campus.  Riders of UMSs and those involved in incidents involving these devices may sustain serious injury or death as a result of falls or collisions.  Individuals using UMSs on campus rarely wear helmets, as required by law, or other protective equipment.  Individuals riding UMSs on campus also place an undue safety risk on pedestrians walking on the same pathways and sidewalks. 


There is one notable exception to this ban on the use of UMSs on the UCR campus.  Electric or gasoline powered, unlicensed, motorized scooters are allowed for use by individuals who are mobility impaired as personal conveyance vehicles.  These Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs) are designed to transport only one person with a maximum speed on a paved level surface of no more than 12.5 miles per hour.


The UCR Long Range Development Plan recognizes only foot travel along the pathways and sidewalks of the campus.   With the planned population growth and increasing density of buildings with new construction, allowing the use of UMSs on the same pathways and sidewalks as those walking was considered unsafe.


The University California (UC) President, in a letter dated July 14, 1971, delegated to each UC Chancellor the authority to “adopt traffic regulations governing the use of driveways, paths or grounds on campus or other facilities owned or administered by The Regents as authorized by (California) Vehicle Code Section 21113 [(f)].”  The UCR Chancellor, in a letter dated May 18, 2009, re-delegated this authority the UCR Vice Chancellor, Finance and Business Operations. 


C.         Definitions


Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device (EPAMD) means a self-balancing, non-tandem two-wheeled device that is not greater than 20 inches deep and 25 inches wide and can turn in place, designed to transport only one person, and propelled by an electric or a gasoline powered motor with a maximum speed of 12.5 miles per hour on a paved level surface.   


Motorized Scooter is any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding and is powered by an electric or gasoline powered motor. The device may also have a driver seat that does not interfere with the ability of the rider to stand and ride.


Pedestrian is a person who is afoot or who is using a means of conveyance propelled by human power other than a bicycle.  This includes a person who is operating a self-propelled wheelchair, motorized tricycle, or motorized quadric-cycle and, by reason of physical disability, is otherwise unable to move as a pedestrian.


D.         Policy


All UMSs, with the exception of those used as EPAMDs by individuals who are mobility impaired, are prohibited from being used anywhere on the UCR campus.  No UMS may be operated on any campus road, parking lot, sidewalk, pathway, or other paved or unpaved surface.


Students who do not comply with the provisions of this policy will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.  Faculty and staff members who do not comply with the provisions of this policy are accountable to their supervisor, department head, dean, or vice chancellor.  Violations of this policy by UCR faculty or staff members may result in disciplinary action in accordance with appropriate personnel policies or union contracts.  Any non-affiliated person choosing to violate this policy may be asked to leave the campus and not permitted to return.   Additionally, any individual who violates the provisions of this policy may be cited.   


E.         Procedures (Roles and Responsibilities)


1.         Campus Community


This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of all individuals on the UCR campus.  Every member of the UCR campus community has the responsibility to inform any individual operating a UMS on campus that such activity violates this UCR policy and to ask the individual to refrain from using the pedestrian conveyance device while on the UCR campus.


2.         Director, Risk Management


·         On behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Finance & Business Operations, provides guidance and assistance to vice chancellors, deans, and department heads on matters pertaining to this policy.


3.         Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Plant, Transportation, & EH&S


·         Ensures that correctly worded signs prohibiting the use of UMSs are posted at appropriate locations throughout the UCR campus.


            4.         Chief of Police


·         Advises campus officers on matters where the presence of a uniformed officer may be helpful to instruct the campus community of this policy.

·         Directs campus officers to respond to reports of individuals who violate the provisions of this policy.   


5.         Director, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)


·         Advises field staff on matters where the presence of a TAPS representative may be helpful to instruct the campus community of this policy.


            6.         Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs


·         Administers the student judicial process for UCR students who do not comply with this policy.


            7.         Vice Chancellors, Deans, and Department Heads


·         Ensure that the policy is prominently posted in appropriate public areas across campus, and in handbooks and catalogs;

·         Promulgate the policy to all employees and students within their respective areas; and

·         Include the policy in appropriate orientation programs (e.g., new employee orientation, student orientation, etc.). 


F.         Frequently Asked Questions


Direct any general questions about this UCR Campus Policy 450-24, Unlicensed Motorized Scooters, to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Plant, Transportation and EH&S, at (951) 827-3974 or via email at UCRpolicy@ucr.edu.


1.                  Can UMSs be used in and around UCR Housing facilities?


Per UCR Housing Regulation 2.26, Pocket motorbikes and unlicensed motorized scooters are not street-legal and are not to be used on UCR streets, roadways, sidewalks or parking lots, including those in and around UCR Housing facilities.


2.         Is there a map defining the outer perimeter of the UCR campus?


A map showing the outer perimeter of the campus is available at UCR Campus.


G.         References and Resources


·         California Penal Code, Section 626.6

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 313

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 407.5

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 467

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21113

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21220.5

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21225

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21235

·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21281.5

·         University of California:  Delegation of Authority 0303, dated July 14, 1971

·         University of California, Riverside:  Re-Delegation of Authority 0303, dated May 18, 2009


H.         Feedback


For comments or questions regarding this policy, please contact either the UCR Director of Risk Management, at (951) 827-5892 or the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Plant, Transportation, & EH&S, at (951) 827-3974 or via email at UCRpolicy@ucr.edu.