UCR Policies and Procedures

Printer Friendly Version

 For a pdf version of this document, contact the Office of Compliance (2-8246).

Policy Title:                 Reckless Use of Wheeled Devices and Bicycles
Policy Number:          850-11
Responsible Officer:
Vice Chancellor for Planning, Budget & Administration
Responsible Office:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning, Budget & Administration
Origination Date:
Date of Revision:
 Date of Last Review:  
 I.        Policy Summary and Scope
The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) has a responsibility to prevent and deter behaviors that are likely to cause personal injury, property damage, and/or disrupt university operations. This policy bans reckless use of wheeled devices and bicycles that endangers safety, university property, or threatens normal campus activities.
All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are responsible for adhering to this policy.
II.        Definitions
Wheeled Devices - For the purposes of this policy, a wheeled device is a skateboard, in-line roller skates, motorized skateboard, electronically motorized board, scooter and motorized scooter.
Reckless Use of Wheeled Devices and Bicycles - The use of a Wheeled Device or bicycle in a manner that endangers public safety, threatens university property, or disrupts university operations. This use includes, but is not limited to, maneuvers that are aerial or that transition from campus walkways on to stairs, curbs, benches, rails, seating areas, or vice versa, as well as from or to any other elevated constructs. It also includes using Wheeled Devices and bicycles in ways that clearly create unsafe conditions (e.g., traveling at unsafe speeds, traversing downhill with no method of stopping, etc.).
III.        Policy
The Chancellor, on behalf of The Regents of the University of California  (The Regents) and as authorized under Standing Orders 100.6, is responsible for the organization and operation of the campus, its internal administration, and its discipline. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 2113(g), the Chancellor, on behalf of The Regents, may adopt rules or regulations to restrict, or specify the conditions for Wheeled Devices and bicycles on campus. Moreover, the Chancellor may re-delegate the responsibility for ensuring campus safety as required and appropriate. At UC Riverside, the Traffic, Parking, and Other Enforcement Codes set forth the conditions and regulations pertaining to the use of bicycles and other Wheeled Devices on campus. 
IV.        Procedures and Responsibilities
A.   In General
All students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors are required to use Wheeled Devices and bicycles in a manner that is safe, respects the rights of others, and adheres to applicable California statutes and other related UC and campus policies. Moreover, the Reckless Use of Wheeled Devices and Bicycles, as defined in this policy, is not permitted.
Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks in the interior of campus. Those individuals using Wheeled Devices and bicycles are encouraged to walk their wheels in areas of campus where there is high pedestrian traffic. This does not apply to mobility scooters, wheelchairs, medical knee scooters, and other mobility aids used by persons with permanent or temporary disabilities.
B.   Responsibilities
1.         Campus Community Members
o       All faculty, staff, students, and visitors to UC Riverside are required to adhere to this policy and the applicable procedures. All have a collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community. Effective implementation depends on the respect and cooperation of all members of the University community.
In an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and encourage a culture of compliance, members of the campus community are encouraged to respectfully inform others about this policy.
2.         Vice Chancellor for Planning, Budget and Administration
o      Overall responsibility for the policy to include providing guidance concerning the scope, definitions, requirements, and enforcement.
3.     Executive Director of Facilities Services
o      Provide signage on campus regarding the local campus regulation per CVC Section 21113(g).
4.        UCR Police Department
o      UCR Police Department (UCPD) officers are solely charged with enforcement of this policy by preventing or stopping individuals who are engaged in Reckless Use of Wheeled Device and Bicycle activities, as defined in this policy.
o      UCPD may issue citations for violation of UCR Code 7.02 and/or refer UC Riverside student violators to Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs, in the case of UC Riverside faculty and staff, to the appropriate Dean or Department Head. UCPD may direct those not affiliated with UC Riverside to leave the campus per California Penal Code, Section 626.6.
5.         Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs
o      Responsibile for administering the student conduct process for students who do not comply with this policy.
6.         Vice Chancellors, Deans, and Department Heads
o      Responsibility for ensuring the policy is prominently posted in appropriate public areas across campus and in handbooks and catalogs.
o      Responsibility for ensuring the policy is distributed to all employees and students within their respective areas.
o      Responsibility for ensuring the policy is included in appropriate orientation programs (e.g., new employee orientation, student orientation, etc.).

V.        References

·         UC Regents of the University of California Standing Orders 100.6 - Duties of the Chancellors
·         California Vehicle Code, Section 21113(g)
·         California Penal Code, Section 626.6
·         UC Riverside - Traffice, Parking and Other Enforcement Codes
VI.        Frequently Asked Questions
A.   Are we treating skateboarding and bicycling activities like crimes?
Skateboarding and bicycling are not crimes. However, actions that may endanger one’s self or other individuals, damage property, or disrupt the mission of the University are not harmless activities and can be cited as infraction violations of the UCR Traffic, Parking, and Other Enforcement Codes adjudicated by the Riverside Traffic Court which includes a monetary fine.
B.   Where can I go to freestyle ride?
Skateboarders can visit http://www.socalskateparks.squarespace.com/. This site has a list of parks from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including facilities located in Southern California and, specifically, the Inland Empire. Locally, those individuals looking to hone their freestyle skills with Wheeled Devices and bicycles may visit:
·         City of Riverside:  Bobby Bonds Park at 2060 University Avenue
·         City of Riverside:  Hunt Park at 4015 Jackson Street
·         City of Jurupa:  Rancho Jurupa Regional Park at 4810 Pedley Road
·         Moreno Valley: Moreno Valley Skatepark at 15415 6th St.
VII.        Revision History
This policy originated in 2012. It was most recently revised effective May 21, 2020, to (i) update the policy name to Reckless Use of Wheeled Devices and Bicycles, (ii) include a definition of wheeled devices, (iii) include reference to the UC Riverside Traffic, Parking and Other Enforcement Codes, and (iv) update other links in the policy.
The policy and associated procedures will be reviewed, at a minimum every two years, by a representative of Planning, Budget and Administration. The Chief Compliance Office updates this policy and associated procedures to reflect changes to related policies or governing standards, regulations, laws, and other such guidance as often as required.