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 who might want to know what RAR is all about.
Proceeds directly support the Cycling Industry Pledge and RAR programs.