Code of Conduct

Based on the British Cycling code of conduct linked here: BC Code of Conduct.

The Swindon Wheelers Cycling Club (SWCC) Code of Conduct is designed to create a culture in the club of responsibility for our own actions or omissions when taking part in the sport we all enjoy.

The Code outlines the types of behaviours which members are expected to follow. It is not an exhaustive list of do’s and don’ts but summarises the core principles that members should always adopt. This includes when not on SWCC rides or activities as your membership of the club and therefore ability to bring both cycling and the club into disrepute is traceable.

The code applies to all members and non-members who ride with SWCC.

There is a separate club policy for the use of social media.

1. Key Elements of the Code

The code is designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all club members and to both protect and enhance the reputation of both cycling in general and the club in the wider community. All persons who are bound by this code shall:

  • Act in a manner that is in the interest of the club and does not harm the reputation of SWCC.
  • Follow the club’s policies, procedures and guidance.
  • Accord all members of the club, the public and fellow road users the appropriate courtesy, respect and regard for their rights and obligations.

1.2. Riding etiquette and safety

All who participate in club rides must read and comply with SWCC etiquette and ride safety guidance: Riding Etiquette.

1.3. Behaviour at club events

SWCC expects its members to behave in a way that demonstrates respect for other club members and the general public. It also wishes to operate in an environment that is free from harassment or discrimination.

In addition, the club will not tolerate:

  • Damage to or theft of any person’s property.
  • The use or encouragement of the use of banned substances (as outlined in the UCI anti-doping policy).
  • Any behaviour that would harm the reputation of both cycling and the club, especially when out on an organised cycle event. For example, difficult encounters with inconsiderate drivers and other road users are a frequent occurrence and must be handled with tact and sensitivity, even if the other road user is in the wrong.

Gross misconduct

The following are considered as gross misconduct:

  • Any act of abuse, violence, intimidation, bullying or harassment against another club member or member of the general public.
  • Any act that is deemed to be illegal whilst participating in a club organised activity.
  • Riding in or to/from a club activity whilst under the influence of drugs or excessive alcohol.
  • Theft of another member’s or of the club’s property.
  • Ignoring the requests or instructions from club officials including the ride leader.

Grievance and disciplinary process

  • Non-compliance with the Code may be reported to a club committee member through a variety of routes, depending on the incident and sequence of events that have led to the breach.
  • The club occasionally receives feedback on its website or directly to the club secretary regarding the conduct of its members. Most of these are of a trivial nature and do not require in depth investigation. If some action is required, it will probably be to ask the member(s) involved to address the issue and if appropriate take action to stop the incident happening again. Any action required to address these trivial incidents would probably be determined by the ride leader or the organiser of the event.
  • For more serious issues, especially involving safety and/or abuse violence, intimidation, bullying or harassment, the member or members involved would normally be asked to explain what had happened to an investigation team, appointed by the club committee.
  • This team would be comprised of three committee members and would have the power to investigate what happened and make recommendations. These would be discussed by the full club committee, if necessary, at a specially convened committee meeting.
  •  Any proposed actions would have to be approved by the committee. Both the club member(s) and investigation team would have the right to gather and submit evidence from witnesses to ensure a fair and thorough review of the case.
  •  Finally, the investigation team would review the evidence and agree its conclusions and recommendations which will then be submitted to the full committee. Once these had been agreed by the committee, they would be communicated back to the members involved.
  • Normally if the breach was the first of its kind and of a relatively minor nature, the individuals concerned would be requested to take the appropriate remedial action and would suffer no further consequences. A repeat of the breach, or a more serious incident might trigger the issuing of a written warning to those who were deemed to be responsible for the breach. Proven gross misconduct would result in expulsion from the Club and if necessary, involvement of the Police.

SWCC Committee 2020