Bicycle Safety

There are between 9,000 and 15,000 cyclists on campus daily sharing paths with pedestrians, skateboards, scooters and hoverboards.

The following tips will help you bike safely at USC:

Walk your bike at intersections

  • Dismount and walk your bike at all intersections on and around University Park Campus
  • This includes on-campus intersections, such as Trousdale and 34th Street and Hahn Plaza
  • Failure to comply may result in a traffic ticket

Always ride with the flow of traffic

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and must follow all motor vehicle traffic laws
  • Ride as far to the right side of the road as is practical and safe, and use bike lanes when available
  • Avoid drivers’ blind spots, and don’t weave between lanes

Wear a helmet

  • Cyclists 18 & over are highly encouraged to wear a helmet while riding
  • Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disabling injuries from cycling crashes

Take off the headphones and earbuds

  • Your ability to hear traffic, horns and trains is essential to your survival
  • It’s also California law

Be seen and heard

  • Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops
  • Use your voice to alert pedestrians or other bicyclists that you are approaching or passing
  • Install reflectors or lights and wear reflective or bright colors in evenings or early mornings

Use the right bike

  • Adjust your seat height to give you 1-2 inches of clearance when standing over your bike
  • Make sure your handlebars, wheels and brakes are functioning properly
  • Utilize campus bike repair and pump stations 

Keep your bike

  • Register your bike with DPS
  • Use a U-Lock to secure your bike to a rack or stationary object
  • Never park in a doorway, stairs or block accessways; your bike will be impounded

Know the rules— USC Bicycle Policy (SCampus, Part F, Sect 10)

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