Bikes and Scooters

E-Scooter Safety

Watch this short video about electric scooter safety on USC’s campuses.

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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