Bicycle and Other Wheeled Mobility Devices Policy

Bicycle and Other Wheeled Mobility Devices Policy

Abstract:
This policy balances support for alternative modes of transportation with safety and accessibility.
Effective Date:
6/1/2017
Contacts:
Parking And Transportation
Administrative Category:
Applies To:
Faculty, Staff, Students
Material Original Source:

University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
 BICYCLE AND OTHER WHEELED MOBILITY DEVICES POLICY
 
June 1, 2017
 
 

INTRODUCTION
 
UAB is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of sustainability in which faculty, staff, students, and visitors have institutional support for alternative mobility modes, both for commuting and intracampus transportation. Biking and other alternative wheeled transportation modes can improve health and reduce transportation costs for individuals, as well as decrease parking pressure and emissions in the city center. Implementation of efforts to support alternative mobility modes is critical to fulfilling Board-approved goals regarding campus mobility, interconnectedness, multimodal transportation systems, and community health. This commitment also bolsters UAB’s competitiveness in successful recruitment and retention of talented faculty, staff, and students. However, the increased presence of bikes and other mobility devices inside and outdoors has the potential to contribute to life safety issues. This policy strives to balance support for alternative forms of wheeled mobility with safety and accessibility for all UAB community members and visitors by establishing requirements for use and storage and promoting awareness of resources and infrastructure. 
  
SCOPE
 
This policy applies to all UAB faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors operating bicycles, pedal assist bicycles, skateboards, human-powered scooters, hoverboards, roller and in-line skates, and elective personal assistive mobility devices within the boundaries of the UAB campus.
  
This policy does not address wheelchairs or medically necessary motorized scooters, since they are accepted as needed at UAB, or motorcycles and motorized scooters/mopeds, since these are considered vehicles and must abide by the relevant Alabama State Code.  
 
DEFINITIONS
  
Acrobatics - any action on roller blades, in-line skates, bicycles, or any other human powered transportation device in which both blades, skates, or wheels are off the ground simultaneously, or where the device is being used in a manner not consistent with normal transportation. 
 
Alabama State Code: Two articles in the Alabama State Code pertain directly to bicycles, and one to elective personal assistive mobility devices: Section 32-5A Articles 12-13 and Section 32-19 article 1 (Appendix A).
  
Bicycle - a two-wheeled pedal cycle designed to be propelled solely by human power. Also, tricycle and unicycle.
  
Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs, aka, Segways) - an elective, self-balancing, two-wheeled device with an electric propulsion system designed to transport only one person.
  
In-Line Skates - a type of roller skate with in-line wheels.
  
Pedal Assist Bicycle - a motorized pedal cycle with operable pedals, a motor rated at 1.5 horsepower or less, i.e., a motorized bicycle.
  
Roller Skate - a shoe, or attachment for a shoe, with a set of wheels attached for skating.
 
Scooter - a narrow platform mounted on tandem wheels with a handle to steer by turning the from wheel, non-motorized.
 
Sidewalk - a paved pathway, commonly used by pedestrians, often times running parallel to the road.
 
Skateboard - a board of any length (long boards) mounted on roller skate-type wheels. 
 
POLICY STATEMENT
 
UAB community members and visitors using and storing bicycles and other wheeled mobility devices must adhere at all times to the following standards.
 
BICYCLES AND PEDAL ASSIST BICYCLES (“bicycles”)
 
All bicycles must be operated and parked in adherence with applicable portions of the Alabama State Code (Section 32-5A Articles 12-13) while within the boundaries of the UAB campus. Bicycles may be ridden on roads and on wide, multi-use paths (10ft or wider) where the rider exercises due caution and yields to pedestrians. Police Bike Patrols may operate on University walkways for routine patrol duties or when responding to incidences and emergencies. Proper safety equipment is expected to be worn at all times, including helmet meeting ANSI/ASTM standards and nighttime lighting/reflectors. Individuals shall not wear or use headphones/earphones or cell phones while operating a bicycle.
 
Because UAB is an open campus, bicycle registration is not mandatory. However, personalization and voluntary, free UAB bicycle registration is encouraged in case of theft or impoundment. Bicycle registration is offered during normal business hours at UAB Parking and Transportation.
 
Parking outdoors: Bicycles must be parked at places clearly designated by the presence of bicycle racks or within bike lockers. Specifically, a bicycle may not be parked on lawn areas, shrub or flower beds, streets, or driveways. This includes sidewalks, trees, railing, light poles, entrances to buildings, or places that otherwise hinder pedestrian travel. Parked bicycles must not block ADA ramps, staircases, doors, or emergency exits. Bicycles must also not be parked around traffic poles or in such a manner as to inhibit access to cross-walk buttons.
 
Parking indoors: Bicycles may not be transported through or stored within private offices in buildings that offer patient care (e.g., hospitals or clinics) except by UAB police. In all other buildings, transportation and storage of bicycles in private offices is acceptable. Bicycles must be carried while within buildings, as feasible, to reduce floor soiling.
 
Bicycles may not be stored in public spaces within any building, including entryways, stairwells, mechanical rooms, or storage closets. Individuals without private offices or who work within patient care buildings wishing to store bikes should review the designated storage locations on the UAB campus for direction.
 
Securing bicycles using a U-lock around a closed section of the bicycle frame is strongly recommended. A cable lock is also recommended to secure both wheels, though the cable lock should always be a secondary lock as these are easily cut.
 
ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICES (EPAMDs, aka, Segways)
 
All EPAMDs must be operated in adherence with applicable portions of the Alabama State Code.
 
Operation of EPAMDs is restricted to sidewalks only and must use crosswalks to cross roads. Riding EPAMDs inside buildings is prohibited except by UAB police, UAB Facilities staff, and individuals with disabilities who have been approved a reasonable accommodation for a documented need for use of the device. EPAMDs shall be stored in areas that do not block egress or ADA paths. They are not permitted to be stored in building public spaces, such as lobbies, stairwells, stair towers, corridors, and ramps inside or outside of buildings. EPAMDs may be walked inside buildings to approved and designated storage and/or charging areas, to be determined by the building administrator.
 
Individuals with disabilities who have been approved a reasonable accommodation for a documented need are permitted to use them inside buildings. UAB considers requests of any faculty, student, or staff member wanting to use an EPAMD inside of buildings as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As such, the person is required to provide appropriate documentation that he/she has a disability that requires the use of an EPAMD for mobility inside of buildings. For students, this request is placed with Disability Support Services. For faculty and staff, this request is placed with the respective Human Resources representative.
 
Persons so approved shall operate EPAMDs at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under current conditions in building interiors, having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing, particularly for pedestrians. During non-daylight hours, EPAMDs shall be equipped with adequate lighting and reflectors. Helmets meeting ANSI/ASTM standards are recommended. Individuals shall not wear or use headphones/earphones or cell phones while operating an EPAMD.
 
Registration is not required for EPAMDs by the state of Alabama or by UAB.
 
SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS, IN-LINE/ROLLER SKATES, HOVERBOARDS, AND SIMILAR DEVICES
 
Skateboards, in-line/roller skates, scooters, and similar coasting devices are not vehicles and are prohibited on roadways and inside buildings, though they may be stored in private spaces within buildings. Persons on such devices are pedestrians for traffic control purposes. Persons may coast or ride upon such devices on sidewalks given that the operator exercises due caution and yields to pedestrians. No acrobatics of any kind are permitted. Individuals shall not wear or use headphones/earphones or cell phones while operating these devices.
 
Hoverboards shall not be used, stored, or recharged in any building or covered structures (parking decks) owned or leased by UAB.
 
Registration is not required for skateboards, scooters, in-line/roller skates, hoverboards, and similar devices by the state of Alabama or UAB.                               
 
NONCOMPLIANCE
  
Confirmed violations of this policy will result in appropriate consequences commensurate with the offense, for faculty, staff, and students, up to and including dismissal from academic programs or termination of employment, appointment or other relationships with UAB. Other persons violating these operational regulations may be cited by UAB Police or UAB Parking and Transportation for continued or repeated violations on the campus. 
 
Noncompliant bicycle parking by any individuals will result in a ticket warning, followed by impoundment on site with a University u-lock. Impounded bicycles may be recovered by contacting UAB Parking and Transportation, and must be registered at the time of collection before the bicycle is returned to the individual. Impounded bicycles are held in impoundment for 30 days, after which they may not be recovered.
  
IMPLEMENTATION
  
The Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration, through UAB Parking and Transportation, is responsible for the development and maintenance of procedures to implement this policy.