CSUSM Bicycle Program

San Diego is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. With its 300+ miles of bikeways and year-round temperate weather, biking to campus is an inexpensive and healthy way to commute. 

CSUSM offers serveral amenities for commuting bicyclists.   Free bike registration bike racks throughout the campus for easy access to the buildings, bike lockers for added security, bike tire pumps located at Craven and Chavez circles and bike locks to loan. 


University Police and Parking and Commuter Services recommend that all bicycle riders register their bikes through the free bike registration program. 

Bicycle License Application

Print this form, fill it out and bring it to the Parking and Commuter Services Office along with your bicycle to register and get your bike tag. Through this program the bicycle will be entered into a database maintained by University Police.  If bicycling is your primary means of transportation and you have registered your bike, you may be eligible for incentives.
Parking and Commuter Services office in the Public Safety Building (PSB 63) is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Contact the Commuter Coordinator at 760-750-7520 for more information.


Parking and Commuter Services offers a bike locker program that is available to all campus bicycle and motorcycle riders. Lockers are rented by semester on a first come first serve basis. Bike lockers are rented at a cost of $15.00  a semester with a $30.00 key deposit that will be refunded when the key is returned at the end of the contract period.

Bike locker keys must be returned at the end of the semester.  Users not returning keys will forfeit the deposit and are subject to a University Hold.

Bike Locker Rental.............$15 semester / $30 refundable key deposit

Bike locker rentals are also available at the Sprinter Station.  For more information on how to rent bike lockers there, please go to: www.icommutesd.com

Bicycle locker locations:
Lot C
Lot E
The Clarke Field House
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Bicycle rack locations:
Chavez Circle
Craven Circle
Library Plaza
The Dome and Commons
The Clarke
Parking Lots C, H, and O
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
University Hall

For additional information contact Parking and Commuter Services in (PSB 63) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or call 760-750-7500.


In the event that you arrive on campus without a lock, Parking and Commuter Services will have available a limited number of locks to loan out for emergency purposes only.
For information contact Parking and Commuter Services in (PSB 63) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or call 760-750-7500.

Night time biking to be safe and in compliance

The days are getting shorter and the chance of being out in the night on your bike is greater and with daylight savings taking place on  Sunday, November 1, it is a good idea to get your bike ready for night time biking.

In the state of California, the vehicle code requires the following equipment on every bike after dark:

•A white, front headlight visible to both the front AND sides from 300 feet

•A red, rear reflector visible from 500 feet when in a car’s headlights

•A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from 200 feet

•A white or yellow reflector on each side of the bike, both to the front and rear of center (usually spoke or tire reflectors)

A cyclist can be cited if your bike doesn’t have adequate lighting on it.


Summary of Campus Bike Policy

  • Bicycle riding is prohibited on the inner core of campus
    7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • No riding or parking bicycles in any university building, except in specifically designated bicycle storage areas.
  • No riding the bicycle in such a way as to endanger or interfere with cyclist or others.
  • No parking, storing or leaving a bicycle so as to interfere with a railing installed to assist the movement of disabled persons.
  • No blocking or otherwise impeding normal entrance and exit from any university building.
  • No blocking or otherwise impeding either vehicular or pedestrian flow.

Bicycles found to be illegally parked, unlocked, abandoned or otherwise in violation of this policy may be impounded and retained at the University Police Department.

For more detailed information refer to the CSUSM Bicycle policies and procedures at www.csusm.edu/policies and California Vehicle Code 21201-21212 at www.leginfo.ca.gov.

Safety Tips

  • Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.
  • Never ride against traffic - Motorists aren't looking for bicylists riding on the wrong side of the road.  State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  • Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane.  Don't go straight in a lane marked "right-turn only"
  • Don't pass on the right - Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
  • Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving.  Some riders use rear-view mirrors.
  • Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed.  Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since breaks are less efficient when wet.
  • Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones - Always wear a helmet.  Never wear a headphone while riding a bike. 
  • Dress appropriately - In rain, wear form fitting waterproof clothing.  Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes.   Wear bright colored clothing.
  • Use hand signals - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do.  Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.
  • Choose the best way to turn left - There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left.  (2) Like a pedstrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk.  Walk your bike across.
  • Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do.  Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety.
  • Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris.   Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
  • Use lights at night - The law requires a white headlight visible from at least 300 feet to the front and from the sides.
  • Reflectors at night - The law requires a red rear reflector as well as white or yellow relectors on front and back of each pedal.  White or yellow reflectors on each side forward of center of bike, and red or white reflectors on each side rear of center - usually mounted on wheel spokes (if you have reflectorized tires in front and rear, you do not need side reflectors)
  • Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly.  Check brakes and tires regularly.  Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.


To join the Bicycle Club e-mail them at csusmcycling@gmail.com or contact ASI recreation at www.csusm.edu/asi.

Other Sites on Bicycle Commuting:

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
California Bicycle Coalition
Bike to Work Day