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Bike To Campus/Personal Mobility Device Policy

CSUSM Bicycle Program

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

CSUSM offers several amenities for commuting bicyclists.   Free bike licensing, bike racks throughout the campus for easy access to the buildings, bike lockers for added security, bike tire air pumps located at Craven and Campus Way Circles, and bike locks to loan.

Bicycle Licensing

University Police and Parking and Commuter Services recommend that all bicycle riders license their bikes through the free bike license program. Licensing your bicycle increases the likelihood of recovery in case of theft.

Bicycle License Application

Print this form, fill it out and bring it to the Parking and Commuter Services Office during regular business hours along with your bicycle to register and get your bike license. Through this program, the bicycle will be entered into a database maintained by University Police.

Parking and Commuter Services office is located in the Public Safety Building (PSB 63).
Contact the Commuter Coordinator at 760-750-7520 for more information.

Bicycle Safety

Safe Riding 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 bicyclists 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 pedestrian: 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 reflectors 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.

Secure Your Bike

University Police and Parking and Commuter Services advises that you:

  1. License your bike at the parking office – this is a free service.
  2. Securely lock your bike frame with a good quality U-lock to the bike rack, not the tire as this can be easily removed and simple cable locks can be easily and quickly cut.
  3. Rent a bike locker for the best security.
  4. Report any suspicious behavior.

If you forget your lock, the parking office has a loaner program, check at the office for more information on this and other bike questions

Locking Tips:

  • Always lock your bike to a bicycle rack.
  • Use a high quality “U” shaped lock. Avoid using lightweight cables or chains, or low quality U-locks. Use a cable as a secondary lock.
  • Always lock your bicycle through the frame and both wheels to a bicycle parking rack.
  • Lock all free parts of your bike or take them with you.
  • Avoid leaving your bicycle locked outside overnight.
  • Before leaving your bicycle, give the lock a tug to ensure it is secured.
  • Take care not to lock the adjacent bicycle in your lock.

Bike Lock Methods

Personal Mobility Device (Bicycle Policy)

Below are relevant sections of the Complete Personal Mobility Device Policy (PMD) that specifically addresses bicycles on campus.

The complete campus PMD policy is located at campus policies, Please refer to this policy for complete information.

Pedestrians, have the right of way at all times. Per this policy, PMD operators are not considered pedestrians unless they are carrying or walking their PMD device.

  1. Motorized forms of the PMDs in this section may travel on designated bike paths.
  2. Other forms of PMDs such as bicycles must dis-mount and walk said devices if using sidewalks.
  3. PMDs are prohibited in all parking structures.
  4. PMD users must dismount and walk PMD devices if there is no clear path, such as narrow pathway crowded with pedestrians.

PMDs and pedestrians are prohibited on the University access road, also known as the service road.

PMD Dismount-walk zones

  • In areas where operation of PMDs are permitted, devices must be operated at a safe speed at all times.
  • Safe speeds will be determined by existing traffic and environmental conditions. “Environmental conditions” can include but are not limited to weather, size and physical condition of path of travel. In any case speed shall not exceed 5 miles per hour. 
  • PMD operators shall exercise due care and reasonable caution to prevent collisions, injury to others, to self, or to property. 
  • PMDs found in violation of this policy may be impounded and retained at the University Police Department. A fee may be charged to the owner prior to the release of any impounded PMD. 
  • Any bicycle being released must be properly licensed.
  • Fees collected pursuant to this policy shall be retained to support programs related to PMD safety, PM facilities improvement.

Any university police officer or designated employee authorized by the University Police may move, relocate or impound any PMD which is:

  1. Blocking or otherwise impeding normal entrance to or exit from any university building.
  2. Blocking or otherwise impeding either vehicular or pedestrian traffic on any street, highway, parking lot, parking space, parking lot access, walkway, footpath, building exit, stairwell, or sidewalk.
  3. Blocking or otherwise impeding another PMD device from being accessed or used.
  4. Parked or stored in such a condition as to be considered abandoned. 

PMD not claimed within 90 calendar days by the owner will be disposed of by the university in accordance with the law. 

This policy does not apply to University Police or Parking and Commuter Services personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

For more detailed information refer to the CSUSM Personal Mobility Device policy at campus campus policies and California Vehicle Code 21201-21212 and Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, Section 42200.

Bicycle Abatement

To effectively manage the growing number of bicycles on campus, Parking and Commuter Services and the University Police share responsibility for the bike abatement on campus.

Prior to the end of each academic year, notice is given that any bicycles left in bike racks will be tagged and considered abandoned and then impounded under the Personal Mobility Device Policy (formerly Bicycle Policy); unless Parking and Commuter Services and or University Police are notified otherwise. Bicycles are held for 180 days. Bicycles can be reclaimed within this time period thereafter bicycles are donate, destroyed and or auction in accordance with the CSU EO 3250. (Title 5 Sections 42375 and 42376) 

Bicycle Amenities

Bike Locker Program

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

Bicycle locker locations:

  • Lot E
  • The Clarke Field House
  • Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Bicycle rack locations:

  • Campus Way Circle
  • Craven Circle
  • Library Plaza
  • The Dome and Commons
  • The Clarke
  • Parking Lots C, H, and O
  • SBSB
  • Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
  • University Hall

For additional information, call Parking and Commuter Services at 760-750-7500 during regular business hours.  Parking and Commuter Services is located in the University Police Building (PSB 63).

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

Bicycle Lock Loaner Program

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, call Parking and Commuter Services at 760-750-7500 during regular business hours.  Parking and Commuter Services is located in the University Police Building (PSB 63).

Bicycle Community

  • CSUSM Bike Club: contact Student Life and Leadership  
  • San Diego Bike Coalition: free bike education classes.
  • North County Cyce Club: If you are interested in the North County Cycle Club you are welcome to join us for a trial ride. You do not have to be a member before trying us out.
  • Bike to Work: Workparticipate in the regional Bike to Work Day each year and track your bike commute trips. Regional bike map.