F.12 Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Skateboards & Other Coasting Devices

Roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and other coasting devices are not vehicles, and are prohibited on roadways dedicated solely to vehicular traffic and in parking structures. Coasting devices are approved for use as transportation on university property, but cannot be used in any manner that places pedestrians at risk; their use for acrobatic, racing or other stunts is strictly prohibited. Persons may coast or ride upon any sidewalk or improved surface used for pedestrian purposes, provided they yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on foot.

The use of coasting devices is prohibited within any building on the USC campuses or on any surface features (e.g., handicapped ramps, benches, or other architectural features) that might reasonably be expected to incur damage because of such use. Persons using roller skates or rollerblades must remove them before entering all university buildings.

These regulations are effective immediately and will be enforced by the Department of Public Safety. Students or employees violating these regulations are subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate university office or official. Any other person violating these prohibitions may be cited for criminal trespass as well as criminal citation.

I. Definitions

Definitions for the terminology used above include:

  1. Roller skate: a shoe, or attachment for a shoe, with a set of wheels connected for skating.
  2. Rollerblade: a type of roller skate with in-line wheels.
  3. Scooter: a narrow platform mounted on in-line or skate-type wheels with a handle to allow steering by turning the front wheels.
  4. Skateboard: a board mounted on skate-type wheels.
  5. Acrobatics, recreational use: any action on roller-equipped devices that is not necessary for the safe forward movement of the rider and which might be described as a “trick” or “routine,” including, but not limited to, such maneuvers as having all wheels off the ground at the same time, jumping up or down steps, and so on.

II. Operation

  1. All roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and other coasting devices must be walked in and around the following areas, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:
  2. a. Trousdale Parkway, between Hellman Way and Downey Way;

    b. Childs Way, between Watt Way and the eastern boundary of Trousdale Parkway;

    c. All construction areas at all times for the continued safety of pedestrians and bicyclists; and

    d. Gate 5, at times, on McClintock, between Jefferson Boulevard and 34th Street.

  3. All roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and other coasting devices may not be operated at a speed that exceeds the university speed limit for vehicles (15 miles per hour on streets and 5 miles per hour on campus grounds).
  4. Roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and other coasting devices are not vehicles, are prohibited on roadways dedicated solely to vehicular traffic and in parking structures, and are to be walked on sidewalks in designated areas delineated by signage.
  5. You must always yield to pedestrians anywhere on the pedestrian malls. Roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and other coasting devices must be walked in crosswalks, which are often filled with pedestrians.

III. Cautionary Note

You are urged to be very cautious when riding on campus. Accidental collisions may seriously injure pedestrians or other skaters. In the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code, “No person shall ride, operate or use a bicycle, unicycle, skateboard, cart, wagon, wheelchair, rollerskates, or any other device moved exclusively by human power, on a sidewalk, bikeway or boardwalk in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” (LAMC 56.15.1). A person riding roller skates or skateboards who strikes anyone is liable for all medical expenses of that victim and any damage done to the victim’s property.

Riding roller skates/blades or skateboards on campus grounds is good exercise and provides transportation to the rider. However, it also carries with it responsibility and liability. Please ride carefully and with all due consideration for the rights of others.

If you use roller skates/blades or a skateboard, you are also urged to review your homeowner and automobile insurance policies, or other personal liability coverage to be sure that you, and your family if you are a dependent, are protected.

Revised March 2013.