UCLA Bike Safety, Regulations and Resources

UCPD reports that most bikes stolen from campus locations were not locked!

How to Keep Your Bike Secure

Always lock your bicycle: Most thefts can be prevented by using an adequate lock and properly securing the bicycle to an approved parking facility such as a bicycle rack. It is best to lock the frame and wheels by using a U-Lock and a six-foot cable or chain.

Record your bike's ID: Write down the unique manufacturer's frame number. You'll find it stamped on your bicycle frame. Store it in a safe place along with a photograph of your bike.

Immediately report a bicycle theft: If your bicycle is stolen, report it immediately to the UCLA Police. You will need to complete a police report that specifies the location where the bicycle was parked and whether or not it was licensed.

Retrieve an impounded bicycle: If your bicycle was parked illegally or chained to a pole or railing, or if it appears to have been abandoned, it may have been impounded. To retrieve your bicycle, contact Citation Review and Adjudication at the number below.

Stay aware of bicycle safety tips: View cycling safety tips at the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Services.

UCLA Cycling Regulations

Bicycle Registration

Registering your bike creates an "ownership paper trail"—valuable documentation that improves the chances of recovering a stolen bike, wherever it is found. Register your bike through the Bike Index free of charge.

Bicycle Regulations

  • It is illegal for cyclists under the age of 18 to ride a bicycle without a helmet. Wear your helmet for protection at all times.
  • It is illogical for cyclists of any age to ride a bicycle without a helmet. Safety matters at every age.
  • Always lock your bicycle on approved bicycle racks positioned throughout campus.
  • Do not park, or lock, your bicycle in any of the following pedestrian areas (Note: If a bicycle is parked in violation of this rule, it will be impounded and the owner will be subject to penalties and fees):
    • Pedestrian pathways or passageways
    • Poles or hard rails such as those on or near stairways and walkways
    • Individuals with disabilities Access Ramp
  • Bicycle riders must obey all stop signs, traffic signals and other traffic signs.
  • Always remember to give pedestrians the right of way.
  • It is illegal to operate a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Abandoned bicycles may be subject to impound.

View the CA Vehicle Code regarding the operation of bicycles.

Bicycle Citations

If you are cited for a cycling violation, you may be eligible for the UCLA BruinBikeSmart Program instead of paying the full citation amount (process fee required).

Bicycle Resources

Knowledge is Power & Safety

The following list of bicycle resources is provided as a courtesy and for information only. UCLA does not endorse these organizations or their services.

UCLA Cycling Team

UCLA Bike Shop

CA Bicycle Coalition

LA Bicycle Coalition

LADOT Bike Program

Helen's Cycles
1071 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-8988

Performance Bicycle
501 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-9977

Martin Imports Bicycles
8330 Beverly Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90048
(323) 653-6900

UCLA Bike Program

Email: bike-info@ts.ucla.edu | Phone: (310) 794-7433

UCLA Police Department

Email: info@ucpd.ucla.edu | Phone: (310) 825-1491 | Mail Code: 136408


601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1364

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Station Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Citation Review and Adjudication

Email: department@ucla.edu | Phone: (310) 825-2029