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Code of Conduct

Also see: IMBA

Rules of the Trail

These guidelines for trail behavior are recognized around the world. IMBA developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on traffic conditions and the intended use of the trail.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only

Respect trail and road closures -- ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

2. Leave No Trace

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle

Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

4. Yield to Others

Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming -- a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

5. Never Scare Animals

Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow

MTBA Code of Conduct

The code of conduct sets out the standard of behaviour expected by club members and officials

13. Code of Conduct (extracted from MTBA Technical Regulations)

13.1. Purpose.
The purpose of Code of Conduct (code) is to describe the type of behaviour
that MTBA is seeking to promote and encourage its members and supporters
to adopt. The code were developed by CA. MTBA has adopted it as part of
our affiliation with CA and because it helps define what appropriate (and
inappropriate) conduct is. MTBA is committed to the promotion of the sport
of mountain biking as a positive life model; this code will help set the
groundwork in that respect.

13.2. Application.
The code shall apply to all persons formally associated with mountain biking,
within Australia. In particular, it shall apply to:

13.2.1. Persons acting for or on behalf of MTBA.
13.2.2. Athletes, coaches, managers and support staff of MTBA.
13.2.3. All persons participating in MTBA sanctioned events.
13.2.4. Officials, Commissaires and support personnel assisting in or
conducting MTBA events.
13.2.5. MTBA appointed Delegates and employees of MTBA.

13.3. Key Principles.
13.3.1. MTBA wishes to operate in an environment where people show
respect for others and their property.1
13.3.2. MTBA wishes to operate in an environment that is free from
13.3.3. MTBA wishes to operate in a non-discriminatory environment.
Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being - within the
context of the activity, treat everyone equally regardless of gender,
ethnic origin or religion.
13.3.4. Persons to whom this Code applies acknowledge and agree to comply
with the disciplinary and grievance procedures promulgated by MTBA
(see chapter 3). If any disciplinary action is taken, persons directly
affected shall be given the opportunity to participate in those
proceedings and the right to appeal against any decision against them.

13.4. Key Elements.
13.4.1. All persons who are bound by this code shall:
13.4.2. Act in a manner that is compatible with the interests of MTBA;
13.4.3. Accord people involved in mountain biking (and cycling more
generally) with the appropriate courtesy, respect and regard for their
rights and obligations;

1 Respect is defined as consideration for another’s physical and emotional wellbeing and possessions,
to ensure no damage or deprivation is caused to either.

2 Harassment is defined as any action directed at an individual or group that creates a hostile,
intimidating or offensive environment. For more information please refer to Australian Sports
Commission Guidelines for Harassment-Free Sport.

13.4.4. Treat people’s property with respect and due consideration of its
13.4.5. Show a positive commitment to MTBA’s policies, rules, procedures,
guidelines and agreements;
13.4.6. Respect the law and customs of the places they visit;
13.4.7. Respect the confidentiality of information that they receive in the
course of fulfilling their duties;
13.4.8. Uphold the standing and reputation of mountain biking (and cycling
more generally) within Australia;
13.4.9. Not misuse provided funds or property belonging to another party;
13.4.10. Observe and comply with the Anti Doping Rules set out in the
CA Doping Policy.

13.5. Unacceptable Behaviour.
13.5.1. This list provides examples of behaviour deemed to be unsuitable and
not in the best interests of the sport.
13.5.2. ‘Sledging’ other athletes, officials or event organisers.3
13.5.3. Excessive use of alcohol, acting in a way that becomes a public
nuisance, or creating a public disturbance.
13.5.4. Damaging another person’s property or depriving them of that
13.5.5. Sexual relations between an appointed official and a junior athlete
(under the age of consent), irrespective of the wishes and desires of the
athlete. In all other cases such relations are strongly discouraged.
13.5.6. Any physical contact with athletes shall be appropriate to the situation
and be necessary for the further development of the athlete's skill.
13.5.7. The use or encouragement of the use of banned substances.4
13.5.8. Statements that are deemed to denigrate the group that an individual is
13.5.9. Any type of gambling, betting or organisation of betting at any MTB
event, while competing, officiating or undertaking a management role.
13.5.10. Any form of harassment.

13.6. Officials Code of Ethics
The responsibility for the ethical conduct of mountain bike events rests
equally with officials and participants as well as coaches, media, and
The duties of an official carries with it an obligation to perform those duties
with accuracy, consistency, objectivity and a high sense of integrity. To
preserve and encourage confidence in the professionalism and integrity of
mountain bike officiating all officials are expected to follow ethical behaviour.
3 Sledging is defined as a statement that is deemed to denigrate and/or intimidate another person, or
behavior likely to constitute emotional abuse.
4 The banned substance list is as outlined under current CA doping listings. Go to,
see also chapter 5.

13.6.1. MTBA officials expect that: Their health and safety will be considered of paramount importance; They will be treated with respect and openness; They will be appointed to a level of event appropriate to their
level of competence; and They will have access to self-improvement opportunities.
13.6.2. MTBA officials will observe and adhere to the following code of
ethics: Place safety and welfare of the participants above all else; Accept responsibility for their actions; Be impartial; Avoid and conflict of interest; Be courteous, respectful and open to discussion and interaction; Value the individual; Seek continual self-improvement through study, performance
appraisal and regular updating of competencies; Encourage inclusivity and access to all potential participants; Be a positive role model in behavior and personal appearance; Refrain from any form of personal abuse to others; Refrain from any form of sexual harassment to others; and
Show concern and caution towards sick and injured participants.

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