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Coasting Devices Policy Overview (aka Skateboard Policy)

What is it?

  • A new policy that allows coasting devices in any area on campus except those specified for pedestrians, in a building, or in a covered area. This policy establishes pedestrian only zones (see map).
  • The policy covers roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and other coasting devices. Bicycles are excluded because bicycle rules follow standard road rules throughout campus.
  • The intent of the policy is to encourage the use of alternative transportation while ensuring pedestrian areas are safe for everyone.
  • Riders of coasting devices must adhere to basic rules, such as yielding to all pedestrians and limiting speed to less than 5mph, regardless of location.
  • Coasting devices are prohibited on roadways and in parking lots. No stunts or acrobatics are allowed, and riding coasting devices down hills (such as East and West Campus Drives) is prohibited.

How did the Coasting Device policy come to be?

  • Originally CSULB was using the City of Long Beach municipal code to enforce a ban on all skateboarding on campus.
  • After a bicycle and pedestrian safety study in 2010, campus administrators reviewed the skateboard ban in relation to our campus sustainability commitment, effective modes of alternative transportation, and student use of skateboards and other devices. They deemed skateboards and other coasting devices effective modes of alternative transportation for campus travel.
  • University Police worked with the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office to explore excluding CSULB from the existing city municipal code and allowing us to operate under more flexible statewide codes. Because we are a state educational entity, we are able to use statewide codes for enforcement, such as the education code and vehicle codes, rather than city codes. This enabled the City of Long Beach to exclude us from their municipal code.
  • ASI, the Academic Senate Executive Committee, and President’s Cabinet were briefed early in the process on the intent and possibilities for coasting device use.
  • In consultation with ASI, University Police and Facilities Management created a preliminary map of pedestrian only areas. Establishing pedestrian only zones allows for coasting device use outside of those zones and within specific rules (listed above).
  • This process took over a year and a half; University Police, city officials, campus administrators, Facilities Management, and ASI worked together to establish the Coasting Devices policy and agree on implementation and enforcement.

What are we doing to educate students about the new policy?

  • University Police are enforcing the policy through a warn-and-educate approach with students. Community Service Officers have been posted near pedestrian only zones to talk to students on skateboards about the new policy.
  • University Police printed over 1000 brochures to give to students who are seen using coasting devices.
  • Articles and advertisements about the new policy have been placed in the Daily 49er.
  • University Police are available to talk to any campus group regarding the policy.

Where can I get more information?

The full policy is posted on the University Police website. Call extension 5-4101 with questions or concerns.