UC San Diego is considering tightening its regulations on so-called “micromobility devices” like bicycles, skateboards and scooters, although the school is not going so far as to ban them altogether.
The UCSD Police Department announced the proposed changes earlier this month, which include changes to how they can be used on campus.
Under the new regulations, operators “cannot carry passengers or objects that interfere with their balance, their ability to travel at a safe speed, or to steer or stop the vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.”
The proposed policy states that passengers would be prohibited from using cell phones or other portable electronic devices. The policy also sets out new rules regarding the use of headphones or earphones when using a micromobility device.
According to these rules, operators “may not wear headphones, earplugs or headphones that cover, rest on, or fit into both ears when using the device.”
San Diego State University has banned the use of micromobility devices on campus starting this fall by creating geolocated no-traffic zones. The school created designated parking areas on the outskirts of campus for students to connect their devices.
Sophomore Sean Castillo often drives a scooter around campus. He said the proposed changes made sense.
“It seems pretty logical not to have both ears covered, that way you can hear people, traffic, making sure people are safe,” Castillo said.
Sophomore Raymond Lau agreed. He said he saw a number of close calls while skateboarding at UCSD.
“I think it’s important to consider the safety of others because it’s pretty reckless if someone just gets hit by a skateboard or a bicycle.”
Students are encouraged to weigh in on the proposed changes until November 30, and questions and comments can be sent to Paula Johnson in Policy and Records Administration at [email protected]