Operation of Vehicles on Campus Walkways

Operation of Vehicles on Campus Walkways

Legislative History:

Reviewed by UEC: June 14, 2005; Effective: June 14, 2005

Approval Authority: Vice-President Finance and Administration

Signature: Gary Brewer

Description:  Describes the need and authority to restrict and regulate the use of motor vehicles on campus walkways.


To ensure that pedestrians walking on campus are able to do so safely, the following exterior areas of the Keele and Glendon Campuses shall be kept clear of moving and parked vehicles, wherever possible:

  • Walkways and pedestrian pathways
  • Turf and planting bed areas adjacent to buildings
  • Asphalt, concrete or interlock surfaces in courtyards, patios, terraces and on the podium level above Central Square.


  1. York University Vehicles

No York University vehicle shall be permitted to be operated on walkways, pedestrian pathways, patios, terraces, etc. unless it is necessary to provide authorized service to the community including, but not limited to, snow clearing, walkway cleaning, delivery of materials where there is no dock access, or use of a small crane truck or other service vehicle for lamp or sign repair or other maintenance purpose.

  1. Private Vehicles

Generally, a private vehicle is not permitted to be operated on, to stand on, or to be parked on a campus walkway, pedestrian pathway, patio, terrace, grassed turf, planting bed, or in a courtyard, without making appropriate prior arrangements with Parking Services.

  1. Contractors and Suppliers
    1. Contractors and suppliers shall, during the contract tendering process, be informed of the restrictions outlined under #2 above. Special arrangements may be made for a contractor or supplier to deliver materials to a building in consultation with Facilities Services and Parking Services personnel.
    2. Contractors shall work with staff of the Department of Facilities Services to ensure that all contractor vehicles are parked in designated parking areas, and Facilities Services shall be responsible for communicating these guidelines and, as required, for making arrangements for contractors with Parking Services. Wherever possible, contractors shall refrain from using exterior walkway, turf and planting areas adjacent to building entrances as parking sites.
  1. A vehicle operator shall be held responsible for site damage costs attributed to unauthorized operation, standing or parking of vehicles on walkways, turf, or any other restricted areas.
  1. Vehicle Operating Instructions

Where there is either justification or formal authorization given by Parking Services for a licensed vehicle to operate on a walkway, pedestrian pathway, patio, terrace, turf area, etc., the following practices shall be observed:

    1. The vehicle’s full light package shall be turned on, and 4-way flashers activated;
    2. If so equipped, the vehicle’s overhead beacon shall be activated.
    3. Movement of the vehicle shall not exceed 15 km per hour.
    4. The vehicle shall not drive through crowds of people.  It shall sit and wait until the walkway is clear of pedestrians.
    5. The vehicle shall not cut corners and drive on turf edges in order to by-pass pedestrians or obstructions.
    6. When reversing, the vehicle operator shall activate backup beepers. If there is a passenger in the vehicle that is backing up, then that person shall be required to get out of the vehicle and direct the driver.