The Importance of the Bicycle on the UCSB Campus By: Kristen Dicarlo & Miles Monaghan Bikes are an essential mode of transportation around the UCSB campus and the surrounding Isla Vista area. Bikes allow students to get around easily and quickly while staying healthy. Because bikes are so convenient to use at UCSB, the necessity of bringing a car to school is greatly reduced. Therefore, students can avoid dealing with the issues of minimal parking and expensive parking permits by riding their bicycles. As you can see on the map, there is an extensive network of bike paths on the UCSB campus. Bike paths reach to every corner of campus, including the Recreation Center, the dorms, the dining commons, the University Center, and so much more. UCSB has recently extended the bike path past Broida Hall, allowing students to bike conveniently to the Engineering buildings, on the far East side of campus. Although the bike paths are well-situated to get students to where they need to go, many students are tempted to bike on pedestrian walkways. This is a bad idea! Not only are pedestrians at risk of collisions, but the biker can be stuck with a considerable fine of $55. In addition, those who do not walk their bikes across crosswalks can be fined up to $120. This is a lot of money that could be put to better use for a college student. With so many bikes on campus and in town, theft is a big deal. It is absolutely necessary to lock your bike up at all times. Placing a lock through the frame of the bike and onto a bike rack is a very effective way of keeping your bike safe. The penalty for stealing a bike is a felony, so if you ever come across an unlocked bike on your long walk home, think again. Bikes that are not parked in racks and locked up properly, have the potential to be impounded by the Campus Security Officers (CSOs). If a bike is impounded, the student is subject to a fee of $24 to get their bike back. Bikes that have been impounded and not claimed for over 90 days, are then available for auction. The CSO, holds a bi-annual auction with over 200 unclaimed bikes for sale, the best deal on campus! The law requires that bikes on campus must be registered with a California State Bicycle License. The CSOs set up special stations during Discovery Days at the beginning of each school year, where students are able to register their bikes. Registration decreases the chances of a bike being stolen, and registered bikes that are stolen have a 30% chance of recovery. Don’t be a fool register your bike at school. Students may enjoy the many activities the beach has to offer, but the humid, salty environment wreaks havoc on bikes. Along with those accidental collisions, there is a good chance that sooner or later something will need to be repaired. Located on campus, the AS Bike Shop is a convenient place for student repairs. Students working at the repair shop are able to provide the necessary tools needed to fix your bike, or for a small fee can lend a helping hand. For those that will need a bike when they come to UCSB, Isla Vista is equipped with two main bike shops. Not only is there a wide variety of bikes to choose from, but they are always able and willing to help with any repairs that students might need along the way. These shops have been providing helpful service for many years to the students at UCSB. Biking Under the Influence is never a smart idea and will defiantly get you into trouble. Not only is it unsafe, but the bail alone for someone caught biking under the influence is $405. Although biking is the number one mode of transportation at UCSB, walking is the preferred second on those late weekend nights.