Some of these ideas were taken from the old wiki.

There was discussion about an in-shop code of conduct at the Feb 25 general meeting.

A code of conduct for the shop is a set of guidelines and expectations for how people should behave in the shop. Having a sign with these guidelines would reduce common annoyances and make transgressions easier to define.

Do we need similar guidelines for meetings, for emails and for the wiki? This would aid conflict resolution, as mentioned at the Feb 25 meeting.

External Resources, Models and Examples

University of Pittsburgh Discrimination and Harassment Policy

A lot of these policies are worded in business-only ways, but UPitt’s seem like they could lend themselves really well to adaptation to our purposes.

Ethics Resource Center

Other Bike Collectives

Language developed by Caroline under the initiative to have more signs in the shop, Winter 2010:


Free Ride is a community of volunteers unified around and committed to this mission statement.

Free Ride as a community does not tolerate oppressive language or behavior of any kind, in our shop or in our collective.

THIS SHOP IS A SAFE SPACE! What this means:
Don’t “hit on” anybody.
Don’t make derogatory jokes or comments regarding someone’s race, gender, class, age, orientation, religion or ability.
Don’t try to intimidate others or make others feel foolish.
Don’t discourage anyone by mocking their bicycle or their ability.
Don’t make assumptions about anyone’s abilities as a mechanic.
Don’t take tools out of anyone else’s hands.

DO provide help to your neighbors when asked for help! DO ask if someone would like your help, and if so, how. Be respectful of their response. DO tell people what you need and ask for help. DO encourage one another to individual ability.

Everyone who uses Free Ride’s space and resources MUST uphold these values. Anyone using Free Ride who feels uncomfortable by someone else’s behavior has the right to address that behavior, independently or by requesting formal action from Free Ride staffers or the collective.

If someone feels that your behavior or language is inappropriate, volunteer staffers reserve the right to ask you to leave. If this happens to you, please take the opportunity to try to listen and understand how the conflict arose, and consider modifying your behavior for next time.

Enforcing this policy is how we keep Free Ride a safe, encouraging, and fun learning environment for EVERYONE. Thank you for helping us achieve this mission!

Document presented in March

Please see the word document for the draft of official wording that is being worked into policy

Comments on the above document can be made at that page.