Get a California Driver License
If you plan to drive as a new resident to the state of California, you are required to apply for a CA Driver License within 10 days of arrival at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Even if you will not be driving, a valid CA identification card is a useful form of ID, especially if you are coming from another country.
A parking permit may be purchased as a postdoc or visiting scholar. For more information, see the links below.
Cycling is a great way to get around in Berkeley. There are lots of keen cyclists in Berkeley and lots of hills for the brave and superfit. Be sure to get a decent lock as bike theft is very common. People under 18 are required by law to wear a helmet while cycling, and you must register your bicycle with UCPD to bike on campus.
Missing link is the best bike shop in town providing both new & used bikes as well as repair service. Your own bike is a great investment for your life!
Instead of bringing your own bicycle, you can also participate in the Ford GoBike bike-share for an annual or per-ride fee. There are stations throughout Berkeley, including on the edges of campus. However, they tend to be empty sometimes.