Staff members from the Office of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) are making weekly forays around campus this quarter licensing bicycles free of cost, most recently on the lawn in front of the Arts Building.

TAPS staffers will be in front of the Arts Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 7.

"We’re encouraging students, staff and faculty to license their bikes more from a safety standpoint than anything else," said Mike Delo, director of TAPS.

Licensed bicycles are easier to trace back to the owner if stolen and the identity of a cyclist injured in an accident can be more easily determined if his or her bicycle is licensed, added Eve Kent, TAPS coordinator of alternative transportation.

TAPS staff hopes that the convenience of the weekly licensing events will motivate more cyclists to license their bicycles.

"We’ll review our ability to cover the cost of licensing annually and, at least for this year and possibly next year, we won’t be charging for it," Delo said, adding that TAPS will take the same approach on the issue of citations. "No one will be cited for not having a licensed bike on campus."

The decision to send staff members out on campus rather than having cyclists go to the TAPS office came from the idea that, at least in the short run, encouraging cyclists to license their vehicles is more effective than compelling them to do so.

"That’s why we’re going out on campus bringing registration to where the bikes are," Delo said. When they register, cyclists will receive a brochure containing safety tips and the campus policy and rules on bicycling at UCR.

Delo said the licensing effort is part of an overall bicycle traffic management strategy that includes relocating and standardizing bicycle racks and developing a map of preferred bike routes around campus.

"We’re moving toward larger centralized parking areas for bikes," Delo said.

Bicycle Registration
TAPS will have a Bike Registration booth each Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Dec. 7 at the Arts Building Lawn. More information: (951) 827-8277 or www.parking.ucr.edu.

California Vehicle Code regulations regarding bicycles, www.dmv.ca.gov/about/bicycle.htm.