BY KRISTOPHER CARRASCO
Everybody knows that walking to class is for squares! Nowadays, all the cool kids are getting across campus on wheels.
It’s no wonder why many CSULB students are cruising through campus on all sorts of coasting devices ranging from scooters to skateboards to even Heelys.
Using alternative methods of transportation on campus promotes healthy exercise, saves energy resources and definitely gets you to your destination faster.
With all these awesome perks comes a huge responsibility (and legal liability).
Most of us have seen the outdated memes hanging in pedestrian only zones, but what other regulations are there with how you ride?
Here’s a breakdown of some Do’s and Don’ts along with some first hand experiences with what it’s like to ride through campus.
You should brush up on this information because students can be cited under CVC 21113 (Unlawful Driving on Public Grounds) and face a fine of up to $238.
According to the campus police website, a person riding a bicycle, skateboard, or any other coasting device who strikes anyone is liable for all medical expenses of that victim and any damage done to the victim's property. Paying for tuition is difficult enough so be sure to keep others in mind while you’re on wheels.
Not only does riding around campus get you to your classes faster, but it also helps people like Liender Holstein an international student from Germany studying Mechanical Engineering who commutes 20 min on bike to school.
Holstein never skips leg day, but he skips out on parking fees and gas money.
“I take a safe path to school down 7th street. It’s one way straight to the campus with minimal traffic,” Holstein said.
Along with that, he uses his bike to get from the lower to upper parts of campus because his classes are spread out.
He says that his bike is all the transportation he needs and although he follows the guidelines of the campus, he has already been told by campus police not to ride in certain areas.
“I think that the public transportation [Bus] was not for me because on my first time I noticed there’s traffic and it could take up to an hour. On bicycle it’s faster and it works because this campus is huge,” he said.
Holstein also recommends using the pathway behind the Liberal Arts buildings to discreetly get through pedestrian traffic.
If you prefer something a bit more compact and easy to ride, you need a scooter in your life.
Dulce Carrillo, Journalism Major, prefers getting around campus on a Razor Scooter, which she actually purchased specifically for school.
“I have to go from Child Development to Liberal Arts, so I just got the scooter to help. It’s working really well, and all you need to know is how to control the steering,” Carrillo said.
“If it wasn’t for this thing, I would have been super late for my quiz today.”
Using a scooter helps her get to class on time, especially because her school day starts at 8am.
So far she has not experienced any issues with riding, and explains that most people are very careful with where they’re walking.
“People usually get out of the way once they hear the wheels hit the cracks in the sidewalk. Even though I just started using it, I can tell that most people don’t want to get in the way, but that’s also why I don’t ride around the crowded areas,” Carrillo said.
She said that she does not risk riding in pedestrian only areas as it’s simply not worth risking a ticket or crashing into pedestrians.
One of the more classic ways of reaching your on campus destination is skateboarding.Whether you choose between a Penny Board, cruiser or traditional skateboard is up to you.
Skateboards require a bit more effort in the skill department, according to Business administration major Moises Cruz, who rides his board on campus everyday.
As an avid skateboarder from the city of Paramount, he recommends that people new to skating stay in shape and practice.
“I would go to a skate park because they have little sections for everybody on all levels to practice and start riding around,” Cruz said.
Cruz is an avid street skater and uses his skills to maneuver through pedestrian traffic as he zooms to class every morning.
He says he’s brought his board almost everyday since he started at CSULB and is now in his 4th year.
While his skills have helped him steer clear of any crashes, Cruz once had a messy fall in his first year at CSULB.
“I was going to a class in the morning (Math 113) and they [facilities] were cutting the grass which made it all wet. I thought I could still simply ride through it, but my board ended up skidding across and I lost control and fell on the grass,
“It didn’t make me late or anything, I was actually pretty early so nobody even noticed,” Cruz said.
- Ride your BICYCLE (and not other cruising devices) on both the road and sidewalks if needed.
- Ride carefully and with consideration of others
-Yield to pedestrians ALWAYS
- Bring something you’re willing to carry
- Practice and stay in physical shape
- Stay on the sidewalk
- Race or perform other maneuvers that would put pedestrians at risk.
- Ride in designated Pedestrian Only Zones.
- Exceed over 5mph or ride down hills
- Ride indoors (those with skates must remove them before entering any campus building)
- Do any sick tricks, acrobatics nor stunts with any device, no matter how cool. Wheels are supposed to stay in contact with the ground while in use.