Guiding Principles

These ten guiding principles are designed to help facilitate safer spaces for learning and exploration with care, respect, and intention.

1. Trust Intent, Acknowledge Impact

We have to trust each other to work together, but we may hurt each other along the way. Listen when you have harmed.

2. Respect Indigenous Stewardship of Land

We ride on stolen land. Learn whose land you are on.

3. Practice Consent

Ask for consent before touching people or their bikes, when giving advice, and taking photos

4. Honor Language an Individual Chooses for Themselves

No monitoring of identities.

5. Don’t Assume, Let People Share, Or Ask When Appropriate

Do not make assumptions about gender, race, ability, skill level, or knowledge.

6. Avoid Harmful Language

Avoid ableist, ageist, racist and gendered language. As a group, we are cyclists, FTWN-B, and BIPOC; individuals in this space may identify otherwise.

7. Do Not Shame

We come here from a wide variety of experience levels, financial access, and opportunities. No call-outs.

8. Work Towards Collective Understanding

No body or mind can be left behind – only moving together can we accomplish what we require.

9. Recognize Wholeness

People have inherent worth outside of productivity. As a result, we acknowledge the necessity for rest and self-love.

10. Make Space and Step Back

Make intentional space for Black, Indigenous, people of color, and trans people.

The Guiding Principles were created with consultation and guidance from Mary Ann Thomas and Izzy Sederbaum.

We are grateful to Sins Invalid:

Guiding Principles Poster

Get a limited edition screenprinted poster of our Guiding Principles as a daily reminder for yourself, friends, family, coworkers, or anyone else wanting to know what RAR is all about.

Proceeds directly support the Cycling Industry Pledge and RAR programs.