Statement of Values

It’s hoped that this can serve as guidelines for the interaction of our members—whether or not ride Leaders, or elected volunteers who contribute more formally to the Club’s activities with one another. We presume an atmosphere of good intentions in the conduct of one another.

If you believe a fellow Club member has violated the letter or spirit of these values, you are encouraged to bring the matter to the attention of the 5BBC Board of Directors by emailing A Board Member or Members, in the spirit of cooperation and good will, will meet with affected Members, attempt to resolve and hopefully avoid recurrence, of misunderstandings, conflicts and behavior which allegedly violates or undermines this Statement of Values.

We rely on each other’s good will, passion, expertise, and experience and it’s essential that we consider the bigger picture when it comes to the gracious and grateful handling of those people who make our Club possible. By fostering positive interactions among us, we reinforce the positive spirit of cooperation and volunteerism.


We respect each other’s contributions to the Club and avoid harsh criticism of each other’s efforts. We try to not talk about each other in derogatory terms, and avoid “talking down” to others.


We may disagree with how another person handles a specific situation, but we recognize that everyone is trying their best and we do our best to show our appreciation for the contributions of fellow members to our Club


We try to express gratitude to the Leaders who lead our rides and the volunteers who spend their time to help the Club run. Remember why we’re here – we run and participate in bike rides and other events  


We are punctual to rides and Club meetings because we value each other’s time.


In email


  1. We avoid wasting both the time (of readers) and bandwidth (information is mentally required to be stored) If we can't think of why the person we are forwarding to would like to receive the e-mail - we simply don’t forward it.

2)    Remember the human and not send in writing what we would not say in person to another Club member

3)   We are forgiving of other Club members’ mistakes

4)    Don’t say anything in email that we wouldn’t mind being broadcast to the entire Club


These guidelines are aspirational. However, we will not tolerate bad or abusive behavior either among our members or towards those volunteers who lead rides or otherwise help run our Club.

Know that Members who repeatedly disrespect other Members, engage in gross incompetence, illegal acts, violations of Club policy pertinent to leading or participating in rides, actions detrimental to the Club and/or this Statement of Values may forfeit Leadership awards, if applicable, be suspended from leading and/or participating on rides and/or have their membership suspended or terminated.

Any of these foregoing privileges may be revoked for cause by a vote of at least 60% of the Board at a Board meeting. Prior to a Board vote on such revocation, the Member shall, on at least three weeks prior written notice, be given an opportunity to review the reason for the contemplated revocation and present counterarguments to the Executive Board of the Club. In all instances, the final vote of the Board shall be binding.