BearWALK Night Safety Services
Evening classes, study, research or work may keep you on campus late at night. UC Berkeley offers these Night Safety Services to get you safely where you need to go after dark. All services are free to the community. All services can be accessed via bearwalk.berkeley.edu.
- Hours of Operation
- Make a Service Request
- Policies (Dos and Don'ts)
- Track Shuttles
- Service Boundaries Maps
- Mobile Apps for BearWALK
- Related Links
After dark, and until 6 a.m., you can walk with a CSO, or Community Service Officer -- a uniformed student employee who is trained in non-confrontational safety techniques, and carries a police radio.
Night Safety Shuttles
The Night Safety Shuttles are offered by Parking & Transportation (P&T) until about 5:30 a.m. year-round. Before 2 a.m., shuttles make regular stops at Moffitt Library. After 2 a.m., the South Side line converts to a "by request" Door-to-Door service from campus locations to points within extended boundaries.
BearWALK brings together an automated dispatch system for walking escort and GPS tracking for Night Safety shuttles along their routes.
- Log in with your CalNet ID to make a request
- Beginning at 7:30 p.m., shuttles enable GPS devices and the online map shows their positions. CalNet ID is not required to see the map.
- Requests should be made about 15 minutes before desired pick up. The last BearWALK request is taken at 5:30 a.m.
- After 2 a.m., BearWALK is supplemented by the Door-to-Door Shuttle. You may receive a walk or a ride depending upon staffing and call volume.
- Call 510/642-9255 to reach the automated telephone dispatch system. CalNet ID is not required for phone dispatch. Regular users can request rides to and from frequent locations with a few touch tones. Operators can be reached by pressing "0."
Pick Up and Drop Off Boundaries
- North, Vine Street
- N. East, Highland Place
- S. East, Prospect/Hillside
- South, Derby Street
- West, Milvia Street.
Extended Drop Off Boundaries after 2 AM
- North, Hopkins/Yolo/Eunice
- East, Hillside/Panoramic
- South, Ashby
- West, Sacramento.
Exact Hours are affected by Daylight Savings Time and whether school is in session
All Night Safety Services (walks and shuttles) begin after dark -- usually 6:00 PM (fall and winter); 7:00 PM during daylight savings time (spring); and 8:00 PM (summer break). The last BearWALK request is always taken at 5:30 AM.
Night Safety Shuttles begin at 7:30 PM. Regular Stop-to-Stop service runs until 2 AM. Other shuttle service will run until 5:30 AM while regular classes are in session (fall/spring).
NOTE: Standard Bear Transit Shuttle service around campus ends at around 7 PM. Daytime schedules are available at pt.berkeley.edu
Call 510-642-WALK (2-9255) or go to bearwalk.berkeley.edu and log in with your CalNet ID to make your BearWALK request.
Make your request when you are ready to go and allow 15 minutes for the call back. Whether you call or log in to request, be ready to provide:
The international number for BearWALK: 00+1+510-642-9255
- Your location (be specific, building or address)
- Your callback number
- Your destination
Give Us 15-Minutes
Allow us time to get to you! Please call 15 minutes before you wish to be picked up. More advance reservations not accepted. Note the last call time of 5:30 AM (1:45 AM when classes are not in session).
Always wait in a safe place for the BearWALK CSO.
Be Sure to Answer Automated Call Notifying of Arrival
Stay on the Line and Listen for Location
The dispatch system will call you to tell you where the CSO is waiting for you. The CSO or Shuttle could be on the other side of a building. (The Shuttles will always be on a street side.) If you don't listen, you may exceed your 5-minute wait limit, your request will be marked as a "No Show" and be deleted!
Meet the CSO Promptly: 5-Minute Wait Limit
To provide timely service to everyone, BearWALK dispatch estimates time needed for handle each request. It is important to be ready to go when you make the BearWALK request. Also, be sure to stay on the line when you receive the confirmation call back. The exact meeting location will be given by the automated dispatch server. Drivers cannot wait for longer than FIVE MINUTES without disrupting the service of others. Please be ON TIME, and please LISTEN for the exact meeting location!
In a Group? Walk together!
- You don't have to call for BearWALK if you are a party of 4 or more. Walking in groups is encouraged!
About Vehicle Rides, Instead of Walks
After 2 AM, shuttle drop off boundaries extend to Hopkins, Sacramento, Ashby and Euclid and Eunice. Requests to locations within these boundaries will be handled by Door-to-Door Service and you may ride with others going to that area. NOTE: Not all late night BearWALK service will be a ride. BearWALK Dispatch will determine the best way to get you to your destination safely.
- Because van occupancy is limited, we ask that you please limit your carry-ons to one piece the size of a typical backpack. If you have more luggage, please use a local taxi service.
- Taxi Cab Service
National Dispatch Service - 800.TAXICAB
- Taxi Cab Service
- The BearWALK Night Safety Program is offered to get you safely from campus locations to your residence, or BART. Our student employees handle hundreds of walks and requests per night. If you must be driven to your location, we recommend contacting your local taxi service.
PICK UP and DROP OFF Boundaries
N. East: Highland Place
S. East: Prospect/Hillside
View Early BearWALK Coverage, Dusk to 2am in a larger map
Extended Drop Off Boundaries after 2 AM
East: Hillside/Panoramic (including all campus housing facilities.)
View UCBerkeley Night Safety Service Boundaries in a larger map
After 7:30 PM track the location of the Night Safety Shuttles at bearwalk.berkeley.edu/shuttles. Click on the stop icons to see the next scheduled arrival times. Watch the bus icons and estimate when the bus will arrive at your stop in real time. There is a delay of a few seconds to the refresh rate on the map, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the stop.
BearWALK Mobile Apps
RideCell, the developer of UC Berkeley's BearWALK 2.0 automated dispatch and shuttle tracking system, a system also used at Duke University and Georgia Tech, has developed two Mobile Apps.
The first one to become available is the Android App, available at Android Market for free. As with the web-based system, bus tracking is available after service begins at 7:30 PM, but escort requests require campus affiliate log on credentials.
Download the Droid app, and let us know what you think!
RideCell has also completed the App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Maps are optimized for display on that interface.
Download the iPhone app from the Apple App Store.
More Information about BearWALK
ALL EMERGENCIES dial 911
In an EMERGENCY, from a cell phone on or near campus, dial 510 642-3333 If you have any questions, please contact UCPD:
Email the police
Visit us at 1 Sproul Hall (basement), near Telegraph Avenue & Bancroft Way
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Station Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Mail us at University of California Police Department, Berkeley, Records Unit
1 Sproul Hall, MC #1199, Berkeley, CA 94720-1199
Phone: 510 642-6760, 24 hours a day
Fax: 510 643-4655
Records Unit Services Offered: Livescan Fingerprinting is done by appointment only, Tuesday — Friday; Lost & Found Services are available Monday — Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Court Order Bookings are done by by appointment only Monday — Friday; Records Requests are also available.