Code of ethical behaviour

Off-road tourism culture is often considered incompatible with environment protection, with recreational activities and with sports to be made in nature. This is due to a minority of people who practice these activities behaving with no respect of the rules, of environment and of other people. On the basis of these considerations Adventouring discipline has adopted a Code of Behaviour for a sustainable, respectful offroad motorbiking. So some experts of the Italian Motorcycling Federation (Federazione Motociclistica Italiana -FMI) have written the Code of Ethical Behaviour whose provisions are the results of more than 40-year experience in off-road tourism on dirt roads, mule tracks, and difficult tracks in Italy. Moreover, FMI has drawn inspiration by the “common sense” rules, by respect to people and environment as well as technical and safety rules. Therefore FMI represents the institutional authority that monitors the full compliance of the rules of this discipline on Italian territory. Everyone shall be committed to abiding by the rules of the Code of Ethical Behaviour during the events. This is the only way to provide a further development of Adventouring.

Ethical Code of Adventouring

1) Full compliance with current laws and rules (state, regional and of other authorities) in terms of access, circulation of vehicles and parking along the road network.
Laws of this subject are often unclear, there are too many unjustified bans, lack of proper road signs: all this may lead to incorrect behaviour. However, it is a commitment to behave in compliance with this ethical code and to disclose its principles.

2) Commitment to behave respectfully towards others (such as pedestrians, cyclists, hikers, etc.) when meeting on dirt roads.
It is absolutely necessary to comply with the existing regulations (speed limits, no entry rules, and so on) as well as to follow the rules listed below:

  • Slow down at maximum when you cross villages and when you meet and cross other people on the way;
  • Stop at the roadside to facilitate the transit of people, bikes, animals going to the opposite direction;
  • Do not behave in a way that may disturb or harm the other users, even if no codified rule is violated;
  • Do everything you can, be fully available to inform, help, rescue other people if necessary.

3) Commitment to behave properly towards environment and the surrounding nature

  • avoid any action that may be dangerous or disturb animals in the area;
  • properly manage garbage you may have produced;
  • do not light fires even where this is not explicitly forbidden;
  • do not damage plants for any reason.

4) Commitment to keep an alert eye to environment in order to prevent facts or behaviour that may cause danger or risk to community or damage to environment
This is a very important commitment as it requires personal initiative. As we ride on tracks that are very rarely covered, if not completely abandoned, we have the opportunity to detect the onset of facts that might evolve to risk and danger. In particular: inform promptly about any precarious conditions of the road network due to instability (possible landslides, unstable trees, etc.) and that may cause any risks for users.

5) Active commitment in spreading this culture of behaviour to involved people and communities
This activity will ensure that more and more users, enthusiasts and sympathizers of off-road tourism will be made aware about these issues and take an active part in them.

6) Commitment to keep behaviour that does not lead to foreseeable risks for themselves and for other users.
Evaluate responsibly and objectively all difficulties that may arise on certain routes and/or particular situations in order to avoid risks for all and costs for the community.
In particular:

  • always read up on the routes and of possible difficulties of it in order to ride at best;
  • be equipped with devices and tools in perfect working conditions (maps, mobile phones, two-way radios, and so on) to be ready in any unexpected situations.
  • Be informed about all emergency telephone numbers.