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Bicycle Rules and Safety

by: ESD Safety Coordinator Vivi Fissekidou (x5610)

BikeThe following policy outlines measures that bicyclists must address:

  • Individuals who wish to ride a bicycle on Laboratory property are encouraged to obtain a permit from the Site Access Office. These voluntary permits are available as a means to facilitate access through the entry gates at the Laboratory for bicyclists.
  • All bicycle riders on Laboratory property must wear helmets that have been approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Bicyclists, like operators of motor vehicles and motorcycles, must obey all California Vehicle Code (CVC) and Berkeley Lab traffic and parking regulations when riding on Laboratory property. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Obeying all posted speed limits or the basic speed law, whichever is slower.
    • Obeying all traffic rules and signs.
    • Ensuring bicyclists use a headlamp (white lamp) during periods of darkness.
  • The use of flashing rear lights and reflective devices or clothing above and beyond what is specified in the CVC is strongly encouraged by the Laboratory to improve the visibility of riders on the roadways. You should  ensure to recharge the bike headlights, and keep  the brakes dry (essential during the wet season).
  • Bicycles (or motor vehicles) may not be parked in areas that could compromise the access to or use of life safety or emergency equipment (e.g., fire hydrants, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency rescue boxes). Bicycles are also prohibited from being parked in building corridors, stairwells, entrances or exits or other areas that could interfere with proper access and egress from Laboratory buildings.

The ESD Management discourages staff from parking their  bicycles inside the buildings  and/or offices.   There is a  new interior bike storage room in B74 1st floor and additional bike racks will be installed in the area between B74 and B84 - closest to basement.

Download a pdf of the Labs Bicycle Safety statement here