RIBs Shop Rules
1. The use of the workshop space is for RIBs participants only.
In order to provide the best experience to our participants, RIBs shop space and tools are not available to the general public. Participants must complete and sign a liability/release waiver before any RIBs facilities or services are utilized. While participants may work on projects for friends, they may not bring friends who are non-participants. This policy is important because space and supplies are limited, non-participants have not signed a waiver (leaving the Southside Community Center liable in case of injury), and tools get worn and damaged.
2. Using RIBs facilities, parts, and/or tools for profit is not allowed.
This means no building bikes or acquiring parts to sell to others, or charging others for work you’re doing while at the shop.
3. Salvaged parts are provided to participants only.
In order to keep a useful collection of parts available for our participants (that means you!), RIBs only provides salvaged/used parts to our clients. Additionally, non-participants have not signed waivers, presenting liability issues with any problems arising from salvaged parts.
4. RIBs participants do their own work. You Are The Mechanic!
We work with the principle of do-it-yourself but that does not mean we expect you to know how to fix your bike. We are here to teach and welcome participants with little or no previous knowledge of bike mechanics. You can stop by and learn whatever you want or need to know during our RIBs Shop Orientation and Open Shop hours. RIBs staff and RIBs participants are available to provide support, advice, and explanatory instruction. The actual work is to be done by you, the client, as you are the mechanic. In conjunction with RIBs staff and fellow participants, RIBs clients are responsible for assessing their ability level relative to their project, including the time required to complete it.
5. RIBs staff and RIBs participants advise within the limits of their individual and collective abilities.
RIBs staff and RIBs participants are of varying skill levels and decline guidance on any area in which they are not experienced. This means that RIBs may not have the tools, parts, or expertise to help you with your project. There are several great for-profit bike shops in town that will definitely be able to help you if we are all at a loss!
6. Maintain a clean, functional, and safe workshop.
All participants are expected to return tools and/or bike parts to their proper locations and clean up after themselves and others as necessary.
7. RIBs is not responsible for participants’ personal property.
RIBs is in no way responsible for participants’ personal property that is left unattended, lost, stolen, or damaged at the shop.
8. Discriminatory and/or anti-social behavior is not tolerated.
RIBs maintains an inclusive, non-threatening environment for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation, ability, etc. Individuals behaving in rude, discriminatory or disruptive ways will be asked to leave immediately.
Failure to comply with any of the aforementioned rules and policies may result in the suspension or termination of your RIBs participation by the Program Coordinator.