Harrisburg Bicycle Club Code of Conduct


As a cycling club our mission is to encourage and promote the riding of bicycles, including the safety and enjoyably of all riders, at all skill levels and on all types of bikes.  With this mission statement in mind the OPS Committee and the Ride and Ride Leader Development Committee has created an HBC Code of Conduct.   This Code of Conduct is meant to educate and to give club members and leader’s safety and etiquette guidelines.  We now join with other local cycling clubs that have Codes of Conduct.  This Code of Conduct has been voted on and approved by the OPS Committee.   Questions will be addressed during the October General Membership meeting.   




New Age Requirement Policy to be a Ride Leader


NEW POLICY:  RIDE LEADER AGE REQUIREMENTS – To be considered for an HBC ride leader you must be 18 years of age or older OR you must have a current driver’s license.  This policy will be placed in the HBC By-laws once approved by the membership.  This policy will be put up for a membership vote at the October General Membership meeting.








As a Harrisburg Bicycle Club member I recognize that as a participant in club activities I represent the Harrisburg Bicycle Club to other cyclists, government officials and the general public.  I therefore will adhere to the Harrisburg Bicycle Club Code of Conduct when participating in any and all club activities and when representing the HBC.  (“Representing the club” is considered to be anytime you are at an event where you are registered as an HBC member, and/or anytime you are wearing apparel that includes the name and/or logo of HBC.)  I understand that this code cannot comprehensively address all possible scenarios; rather it functions as a standard of behaviors implemented along with common sense.




Group Cycling Safety


As an HBC member I will:


  1. Have a bicycle in good working condition including functioning brakes.
  2. Recognize that bicycles are considered vehicles under Pennsylvania laws and must obey all the rules of the road which apply to vehicles.
  3. Wear a helmet whenever riding.
  4. Not use any listening devices of any kind while on a club ride, unless medically necessary.
  5. Not ride under the influence of any substance that may impair my abilities.
  6. Not engage in the open (visible) carrying of weapons on HBC rides and events.


7.    Ride in single file in traffic and on narrow roads. 


8.    Understand riding two abreast is allowed, however riding three or more abreast is illegal on public roads.


9.    Not call out “All clear”.


  1. Ride predictably, not erratically, and avoid sudden stops.
  2. Ride on the right side of the road and not hug the center line.
  3. Call out and pass another cyclist only on the left side.
  4. Pull over in an area that allows me to get completely off the road when stopping.
  5. Not cross or overlap wheels with another cyclist unless passing.




Group Cycling Etiquette


As an HBC member I will:


  1. Heed the ride leader’s instructions.


2.    Be prepared to ride at the published start time and sign in by listing my name on the sign-in sheet.


  1. Ride within the advertised pace.
  2. Plan to stay with the group, but if I break off before the ride is over, inform the leader or sweep. 
  3. Understand I am no longer on a club ride and will be on my own when I break off from the group.


6.    Understand I am on my own ride if I am ahead of the leader.


7.    Use hand and verbal signals to alert other cyclists of hazards or directions and pass them along from the front or rear.


8.    On “NO DROP RIDES” watch out for the rider/s behind me, making sure I can see them at all times.


9.    Not discharge bodily fluids when a cyclist is behind me.


10. Avoid confrontation with motorists, other cyclists or pedestrians even if they are in the wrong.


  1. Select the appropriate ride pace for my ability on HBC rides.
  2. Respect the ride leader’s advice concerning which ride classification to join.  
  3. Not engage in physical abuse or malicious actions toward any person while riding or at any club event.
  4. Not engage in the use of foul language, verbal abuse and obscene gestures  while riding or at any club event.
  5. Not engage in unlawful activity, including theft or fraud and intentional damage to property.
  6. Not engage in the use, sale, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs.
  7. Not engage in non-consensual physical contact, unwanted sexual advances, and any behavior that would be defined as sexual harassment under EEOC (Equal Opportunity Employment Commission) guidelines.
  8. Not engage in conduct which is hostile, threatening, abusive, harassing, or discriminatory toward others.




HBC Membership is a privilege. Membership may be revoked, suspended, or denied due to a violation of this Code of Conduct.  If you would like to report a violation of this HBC Code of Conduct, contact any elected HBC officer, Chair of the Ride and Ride Leadership Committee or Ride Captain.  HBC officers can be found on www.harrisburgbicycleclub.com under the Contact Us tab.


Approved August 2018