Bike and Skateboard Information

Biking in Chico is fun and easy! Please know the biking rules and be sure to register your bike with University Police.

Why Register? There are a lot of great reasons to register your bike including that it's required by the DMV, registration makes it easier to retrieve your bike if stolen, and registration proves ownership.


Chico State is a pedestrian-friendly campus, therefore bikes and skateboards must be walked through the campus coreUniversity Police enforces regulations for bike riding and parking on campus, as well as state vehicular laws. It's important to be aware that bike and skateboard riders are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicles on the road (i.e., stopping at stop signs and red lights and going the same direction as vehicles).

Riding Prohibitions

Pedestrian safety is one of our primary concerns. The riding of bikes (including coasting while standing with one foot on a pedal) as well as skateboards, rollerblades, unicycles, scooters and Segways (two-wheeled transporters) is prohibited in the core of the CSU, Chico campus.

Bike Registration

Bike Registration is a service provided by the CSU, Chico Police Department and is required by State law. To register your bike, see our Bike Registration page.

Bike Parking Requirements

Only use bike stalls to park. Don't forget to lock your bike to the racks, see the map  Bicycle Parking/Campus Core Map for bike stall locations. The following rules apply to bikes, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, unicycles, and segways.

Bicycles are illegally parked when they are:

  • Chained to a tree, light pole, or fence
  • Parked inside a building or in a motor vehicle parking space
  • Parked in fire lanes, emergency exits, or in marked "No Parking" areas
  • Parked in any access roadway, or on sidewalks or walkways
  • Locked or chained to any object other than a bicycle rack.

Impoundment Regulations

Return of impounded bikes is arranged through University Police upon proof of ownership and payment of a $5.00 impoundment fee. In addition, bikes must be currently registered before being released to the owner. Impoundments may be appealed through Student Judicial Affairs located in Kendall Hall, Room 110. The appeal must be in writing and contain the following information:

  • That it is an appeal of an impoundment action by the University Police Department
  • The name, current address, and telephone number of the appellant
  • The reason for the appeal and the facts supporting the reason
  • The appeal will be decided by a Student Judicial Affairs representative following a review of the written appeal and an interview with the appellant. All decisions are final.


Cited for a bike or skateboard violation?  Reduce your fine and take the free course online at Blackboard

If you received a citation for a violation of 21113(g) VC/2.4.01 CSUCC (riding on the campus core), you have the option of completing an online bike/skateboard safety course to pay a reduced fee in lieu of appearing in court or paying a fine to the courthouse.  Successful completion of the course and fee payment within 14 days will result in the citation being dismissed.  If you choose to take the course, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Take the form and a copy of your citation to Cashiering (SSC 230) and pay the non-refundable course fee ($60.00 cash or check). Retain your copy of the citation and this form for your records.
  2. Wait for an email containing course access credentials and instructions.  Contact University Police if you do not receive an email within three days. You can choose to complete this step prior to paying the course fee; however, your citation will not be dismissed unless you complete the course AND pay the course fee within 14 days.
  3. The online course will takeapproximately 45 minutes to complete and the CSU, Chico Police Department will be notified automatically after you complete the course.
  4. If you fail to complete the course within 14 days of receiving the citation, the citation will not be dismissed and you will be required to appear in court on the date and time listed on the citation.

If you have any questions relating to this process, you may contact the CSU, Chico Police Department at (530) 898-5555.  Students, faculty, or staff with accessibility needs may contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center at (530) 898-5959.

Bike Citation FAQ

Q: How long do I have to decide to take the course?

A: You have two weeks to pay the fee and pass the course.

Q: Can I get a refund on my fee if I don't complete the process within the 14 days?

A: No, there are no refunds on this fee.  It is up to you to finish the process within the given time frame. Remember that Cashiering is not open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, you must pay the fee during regular business hours so that you have access to the course content and take the quiz.


  • Register your bike.
  • Record the make, model, purchase price, and serial number of your bicycle and store it in a safe place.     
  • Take a photo of your bike.
  • Follow these bike-locking tips:
    • Use a case-hardened “U” lock; cable locks are easily cut.
    • If you use a regular padlock, purchase one with a 7/16” shank.
    • Lock your bike in a well-lit area where it can be seen by passersby.
    • Don’t leave your bike locked in a bike rack overnight.
    • Replace quick-release mechanism with regular nut-and-bolt mechanisms.
    • Lock parts attached quick-release mechanisms.


Have fun, be safe, and ride on!