Social Cyclist Community Guidelines

Social Cyclist is a service provided by Social Bicycles, Inc. ("SoBi").

These Community Guidelines ("Guidelines") are incorporated to the Social Cyclist Terms of Service (the "Terms").

Our goal with Social Cyclist is to provide people around the world with all the benefits of a Social Bicycle when they aren't riding one, and the power to work together to improve their shared bicycle infrastructure while also sharing information that will benefit other Social Cyclists.

1. What To Do

Be You: Choose a profile photo after you sign up and let the Social Cyclist community know your name. A good photo and your name helps your friends recognize you when sending or accepting friend requests.

Share: record your routes and share them with your friends, request bike racks where you want more parking for personal or shared bicycles, vote for and submit comments to other rack requests that you support, submit reports of value to other cyclists (e.g. potholes, blocked bike lanes, accidents, abandoned bikes, stolen bikes, etc.), add photos to your rides.

Find Friends: Social Cylist is better with your friends! Only friend people you know and wouldn't mind sharing your location with.

Ride Privately If You Want: Record rides privately if you so desire. Use the private option to record rides but still keep your routes secret (you'll still be able to find them later in your personal route history page).

Be Respectful of Other People: Keep the Social Cyclist community positive! Treat others as you would like to be treated. Not everyone will agree with what you think or believe. We ask that all users be polite and respectful in their interactions with other members.

2. What Not To Do

Note that overstepping the boundaries outlined below may result in a disabled account, or discontinued access to Social Cyclist, without warning. SoBi reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Guidelines or the Terms of Service.

We may revise these Guidelines from time to time; the most current version will always be at

Self Destructive Behavior: Riding a bicycle is a fun and healthy activity to engage in whether alone or with friends. Don't ruin this by drinking excessively or endangering yourself in any way while recording a route or submitting a report during a ride.

Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Social Cyclist Services in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.

Pornography: The Social Cyclist community is diverse and may include people as young as 13 years of age. Don't post nudity or mature content of any kind.

Spam: You may not use Social Cyclist for the purpose of spamming anyone. Our definition of "spam" will evolve as the efforts and tactics of spammers change. When deciding if someone is spamming others we take into account:

  • If your comments consist mainly of links.
  • If a large number of users are blocking you.
  • If a large number of spam complaints have been filed against you.
  • If you repeatedly create false or misleading content.
  • Sending mass friend requests to people you don't know.
  • Running any form of auto-responder or "spam" on the Services.

Copyright: Don't shares photos that aren't yours. We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our copyright procedures are set forth in the Terms of Service.

Unlawful Use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. International users agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.

Attempt to Evade Suspension: When you're suspended from Social Cyclist, you may not create another account. Any attempts to create a new account will only prolong your suspension.

Trademark: Use your name. SoBi reserves the right to suspend accounts claiming to be businesses or individuals that hold legal claim or trademark on those names. Accounts using business names and/or logos to mislead others may be permanently suspended.

Private information: You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.

Violence and Threats: Don't share photos of illegal content. Don't promote or glorify self-harm. Don't harass other people through photos, comments, rack requests, or other Content you submit to the Services.

Hate Speech: Don't use language or produce content that is is characterized by, or that encourages racism or unlawfully discriminates on the basis of race, origin, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, occupation, sexual orientation, illness, physical or mental disability, faith, political view or socio-economical class.

"Crawl" or "Spider": Don't use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to "crawl" or "spider" any page of the Services websites. Don't harvest or scrape any Content from the Services.

Commercial Content: It is forbidden to submit Content of a commercial nature (including advertising), unless such posts pertain to SoBi, the Services, or SoBi's products and SoBi has approved them in advance.

Modify or Reverse Engineer: Don't modify, adapt, appropriate, reproduce, distribute, translate, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display, republish, repurpose, sell, trade, or in any way exploit the Services or Content (other than your User Submissions), except as expressly authorized by SoBi. Don't decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Services (including without limitation any application or widget), except to the limited extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction.

Other Actions: Don't take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by SoBi at its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on SoBi's (or it third part providers') infrastructure. Don't interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Services or any activities conducted on the Services. Don't bypass any measures SoBi may use to prevent or restrict access to the Services (or other account, computer systems or networks connected to the Services). Don't copy, rent, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that receive hereunder. Don't otherwise take any action in violation of the Social Cyclist Guidelines, Privacy Policy, or Terms of Service.


These Community Guidelines are effective on September 11, 2013. These Guidelines were written in English (US). To the extent any translated version of these Terms of Service conflicts with the English version, the English version controls.