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Code of Ethics

As members of SHARE Mountain Bike Club of Orange County, we represent the mountain biking community, and it is important that our external and internal relationships advance, rather than hinder, the image of mountain bikers.

To Ride Responsibly

We will follow the IMBA Rules of the Trail; we will be courteous and respectful toward other users, recognizing that they, too, have a right to enjoy the trails.

To Represent Ourselves Professionally

Disagreement is healthy; conflict is sometimes necessary to resolve problems. When discussing access issues, whether at public meetings or in private, we shall strive to keep the discussion based on facts and not allow ourselves to be drawn into emotional, negative responses. We will keep to the moral high ground.

To SHARE and to Teach

Whether it is riding a technical obstacle or organizing a work party, the more we share our skills and knowledge, the better we all can benefit.

To Respect One Another

The effectiveness and survival of the SHARE Mountain Bike Club of Orange County depends on members working together. We will operate within the framework of the Bylaws and, in addition, always:

Treat one another with dignity and respect

Keep principles before personalities in our discussions. When we disagree, we will focus on the ‘what’ of the issue, not the ‘who’.