UC Berkeley prioritizes the safety of the campus community. UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation would like to highlight the importance of campus road safety and provide an overview of state laws regarding mobility devices, including electric scooters.
As of right now, there are no Electric Scooter programs on campus that has been authorized by either Parking & Transportation or the University as a whole. Utilziing a scooter has yet to be sanctioned by UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley, and parking those vehicles may be subject to impoundment and possible revocation of one's membership - contact your provider for more details.
However, a few things to be cognizant of if you so happen to own a scooter or skateboard and want to operate it on campus:
California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as 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 motor. CVC 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California:
- Have a valid driver license
- Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks
- May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths
Additionally, these vehicles are also not allowed in our dismount zones. Accidents caused by this are effectively at the responsbiility of the driver/rider and not of the University.
Be aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles. Drive defensively. Please be safe and ride responsibly. Use common sense; these are motorized vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.