ORR ROAD COOPERATIVE MEMBERSHIP RULES AND PRIVILEGES


As a Member of “Orr Road Cooperative” (hereinafter “ORC”), Members will practice good sportsmanship and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all cycling and non-cycling events where they are representing the ORC.

MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES


When you get on your bike you take on a responsibility, to yourself and to others. When you are part of a group such as the ORC, that responsibility is magnified. Ride responsibly, obey traffic rules, don’t block traffic. In short, be good stewards of cycling. You are expected to act as a positive representative for the sport of cycling, and our supporters, sponsors, and the community at large ORC Members will act and behave in a sportsmanlike and professional manner while representing the ORC. ORC Members are required to volunteer at least two (2) times per season when available at training rides and/or other cycling events that the ORC may put on.

SUPPORTERS AND THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE


The ORC and its activities is made possible by not only its Members, but by its Supporters and the City of Charlotte. At least in concept, it's a symbiotic relationship. Spread the word. Be a loyal ambassador and an evangelist. Whenever someone asks - and sometimes even if they don’t - show some appreciation by talking up the ORC’s Supporters and the City of Charlotte. Take the time to educate other local riders. Provide useful feedback. If your experience helps improve the local community and its citizens, as an ORC member you have made a difference. Most of all, be a nice person. Never forget that being part of a community group like the ORC carries with it the responsibility to represent your fellow Members with dignity.

SAFETY


ORC Members must be conscious of their role as ambassadors to the non-cycling and recreational cycling community. Failure to abide by traffic laws, if observed by the public, can be extremely detrimental to the ORC and its community relations, and may result in the withdrawal of advocacy from the ORC’s Supporters and the City of Charlotte. ORC Members agree to obey all traffic regulations as enforced by all relevant local authorities while on individual, group or ORC training rides, or as instructed during other cycling-related events.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR


Unacceptable behavior can result in your expulsion from the ORC. Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of foul language or physical abuse towards any person while representing the ORC.

  • Making obscene gestures directed to any persons while participating in an ORC ride or training event.

  • Malicious actions on or off the bicycle toward any persons, property, or ORC equipment.

  • Disrespecting the ORC, Members, Supporters, or the City of Charlotte on sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media.

MEMBER DISMISSAL


The ORC reserves the right to revoke a membership at any time for conduct detrimental to the image of the ORC or safety of its Members. Members demonstrating a manifest unwillingness to meet the above Rules will be subject to suspension or dismissal from the ORC without reimbursement of cost. Your removal from the ORC is at the discretion of ORC leaders and the Membership if the Rules not followed, according to the process outlined in the ORC’s Articles of Organization. Anyone found to be in consistent violation of proper conduct can and will be removed from the ORC.

MEMBER PRIVILEGES


ORC Members will have full access to participate in all ORC-organized cycling events, and have voting privileges in ORC referendums and Management Committee Officer elections. Memberships are annual-based, and are valid from January 1st to December 31st of the respective Membership year.

To become a full-fledged ORC Member for any respective calendar year of Membership, applicants must:

  • Read and accept the terms and conditions of the ORC Membership Agreement and Waiver

  • Pay the applicable ORC Membership Dues in full for the respective Membership year applied for, by the end of the designated Membership Sign-Up Period, or as allowed by the ORC Management Committee

  • Obtain and commit to utilizing the designated Membership Identification form for the respective year of Membership

  • As a full-fledged ORC Member in good standing, Members will be given:

    • Full individual participation right to all of the city-permitted, insured, and police traffic-controlled Orr Road Tuesday night training rides at the General Commerce Center industrial park in Charlotte, NC, in addition to any other ORC-organized events, for the respective Membership year.