BikingToronto is a social network to form connections between cyclists and everyone who cares about cycling in Toronto. As such, it’s a good idea to spell out a “Code of Conduct” to ensure the site remains a civil and constructive environment. Good social behaviour online is just as important as good social behaviour in person, and is essential to foster intelligent and productive discussion and networking.
BikingToronto is a social network for cyclists in Toronto… and accordingly, being social refers to the ability to get along with other people, whether they agree with your viewpoints or not.
A vocal minority of cyclists tend to post very negative things about people who drive cars or don’t understand the concerns of cyclists. BikingToronto exists on the principle that everyone is equal, no matter if they bike, drive, walk, rollerblade, or use transit. Cyclists are not more equal than anyone else. If you think they are, then this isn’t the website for you.
There are lots of cycling websites that foster intolerance towards other modes of transportation, but BikingToronto is not one of them. Intolerance has no place in civil society.
There’s a saying that says “something isn’t a problem unless there’s a solution”, and that’s what BikingToronto is based on. It’s okay to be peeved about things, but a consistent negative attitude is neither constructive nor a pleasure to be around. This is not to say that negative posts/viewpoints aren’t allowed, but that they should be used as opportunities to discuss solutions. In short, BikingToronto is not a place for complaining for no reason. No one really likes a whiner.
Interacting with Others:
Everyone should know the Golden Rule by now – but in case you don’t, treat others as you want them to treat you. Any posts that are offensive, hateful, or are personal attacks will be deleted. Any member who consistently gets posts deleted will be banned from BikingToronto. How you conduct yourself in person is how you should conduct yourself online.
Watch your Language:
Swearing can be fun, but isn’t necessary. Think of your kids or your parents reading what you write on the site. Adjust your language accordingly.
BikingToronto is here for you to meet, network and interact with other cyclists in Toronto. Since biking in Toronto is so much fun, discussing it should be fun too. Take things seriously, but don’t take them *too* seriously.
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