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UCLA Dismount Zone Enforcement

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UCLA Police recently began ramping up enforcement in designated campus dismount zones, giving out $202 tickets to people riding their bicycles, scooters and skateboards in prime pedestrian areas. Initiated five years ago, the Dismount Zone policy aims to make the campus safer for pedestrians. While some individuals agree this enforcement action is necessary, others disagree, questioning the need to walk one’s wheels in areas packed with pedestrians.

The UCLA Dismount Zone was adopted in 2009 to ensure the safety of all persons in Bruin Plaza and along Bruin Walk. While the Dismount Zone might be an inconvenience to some cyclists and skateboarders, it is a necessary action given the density in that area of campus. A number of people have suggested designing bike lanes along Bruin Walk; unfortunately, given the limited amount of space, bike lanes cannot be implemented in any safe manner.

The UCLA campus is constantly working to improve conditions for cyclists where possible. As an example, UCLA removed a motor-vehicle lane along Strathmore in order to accommodate a bike lane and a bike box. In addition, UCLA also installed a contra-flow bike lane along De Neve. Lastly, there are also bikeway improvements in the works for Charles E. Young Drive South, and Charles E. Young Drive North.

We appreciate your feedback, and continue to welcome suggestions for improving cycling conditions on campus. To help improve cycling conditions immediately off-campus along Westwood Blvd., consider supporting the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s (LACBC) Westwood Campaign.

 

Four sweet spots for a stroll at UCLA

National Walking Day is coming up next week on Wednesday, April 3rd! Why not celebrate by taking a short walk around UCLA's beautiful campus? Here's our top four sweet spots for a stroll:

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Spanning over five acres, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is home to more than 70 sculptures from artists all over the world, including Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin and more. It's a perfect spot for a peaceful, reflective stroll.

View the garden's location on the Interactive Campus Map. 

Janss Steps

Feeling extra ambitious? Walk the 87 steps that were the original entrance to the UCLA campus--and no, there's no need to skip the 6th step (no one is buried there, despite what you may have heard). The bottom of the steps will land you in Wilson Plaza, home to many Beat 'SC bonfires and rallies.

 

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Enter the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and wind your way through native Hawaiian plants, a bird and butterfly garden and exotic desert plants. Use this map of the garden or follow this handy self-guided tour during your walk. You can also join a drop-in tour on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. (no reservations necessary).

 

Bruin Walk

Depending on what time of day you stop by, Bruin Walk can either be a quiet haven or a bustling center of student activity. In the morning, start your stroll from Election Walk and head west toward the Bruin Bear (make sure to rub its paw for good luck). In just a couple short hours, the space will be filled with students advertising upcoming events and rallying for change.

 

Where are your favorite places to walk on campus?

UCPD will soon begin ticketing in dismount zones on campus

The UCLA campus is filled with students, staff and faculty who get around campus by foot, bicycle, skateboards and more. Wheels can help us get to our destinations quickly and efficiently, but safety is always of utmost importance.

In November 2012, UCPD observers completed a count of individuals using bicycles, skateboards or scooters in Bruin Plaza. Over 80% of those individuals were not walking their wheels through the dismount zone.

The University of California Police Department began issuing warnings to those who were riding through dismount zones in December 2012. Starting Tuesday, January 22, 2013, UCPD will begin issuing tickets to those who are not walking their wheels in dismount zones. 

Dismount zones are located in three areas on campus: Bruin Walk, Bruin Plaza and the Parking Structure 8 corridor. These zones were implemented in 2009 to increase campus safety and avoid rider/pedestrian collisions. This policy is not meant to discourage traveling on wheels around campus, but rather to protect the safety of pedestrians and the entire campus community.

Read our previous coverage on our dismount zone signage here.