Beaches Cycling Club
2017 Risk Management Plan
Cycling can be a dangerous activity. The Beaches Cycling Club (BCC) has developed this Risk Management Plan to document how BCC rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by BCC members, and any permitted visiting riders as permitted by Ontario Cycling Association rules, during every BCC ride. All BCC members, and any permitted visiting riders, share the responsibility for making BCC rides as safe as possible.
Each BCC member shall receive a copy, electronic or otherwise of this Risk Management Plan and a copy shall be available on the BCC website at: www.beachescycling.com.
Additional information regarding BCC rules and programs can also be found on the BCC website.
BCC Rides means rides formally organized by the BCC and as described on the BCC website. Rides not listed on the BCC website(www.beachescycling.com) are not BCC rides.
- The BCC was incorporated on February 24th, 2011.
- The BCC annually purchases General Liability Insurance coverage through the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) for each BCC member. General Liability Insurance is designed to protect a person (member) or any entity (Province, Club, Canadian Cycling Association) against any legal responsibility arising out of a negligent act or failure to act as a prudent person would have acted, which results in bodily injury or property damage to another party. BCC members should familiarize themselves with the terms of the insurance coverage. The coverage details may be accessed through the OCA website.
The BCC must receive signed insurance waivers from each BCC member; membership is not assigned or granted until a signed waiver is received by the BCC.
Standards of Care:
This Risk Management Plan and all BCC programs and rides shall adhere to the following, as applicable:
- UCI, CCA, OCA rules and regulations as they pertain to Club Rides.
- All members of the BCC are responsible for bringing forward to the President any safety issues related to BCC Rides which present themselves throughout the riding season.
- While on BCC Rides, all BCC members must adhere to and obey all rules of the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
- Any BCC member on a BCC Ride should immediately advise the ride coordinator(s) and other members of the ride should the member feel the group or individuals in the group are riding in an unsafe manner. The member should withdraw from the ride if they feel unsafe.
- All participants of the BCC Rides must provide proof of membership in good standing prior to each ride, if requested by the ride coordinator. If an ineligible rider insists on participating even after being asked not to, then the BCC Ride may proceed, however, the ride coordinator shall advise the ineligible rider, with a witness present, that he or she is ineligible and is not covered by any BCC insurance and is responsible for all his/ her actions.
- Each BCC Ride participant will conduct themselves in a responsible manner and retains liability for their own actions.
- BCC Rides on roads will be planned to use lesser- traveled roads where possible and practical.
- BCC Rides will not run if lightning is present and will be cancelled if lightning is sighted.
- When a large number of riders come out for any given BCC Ride ride, the riders will be encouraged by the ride coordinator to break into smaller groups. A size of 6-12 is a reasonable group. Groups should be at least 100 metres apart on the road to allow other vehicles to pass safely in two manoeuvres.
- Riders must not be left behind during a BCC Ride unless they first confirm with the ride coordinator(s) that they are detaching from the group; all members of the BCC Ride are responsible for ensuring they properly notify the ride coordinator(s) if they are detaching from the group.
- BCC members are responsible for ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order before attending each BCC Ride.
- Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while participating in any BCC ride and other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g., gloves, eye wear).
- Front and rear lights are required during any BCC Ride which takes place one half hour before sunset and/ or which may extend into darkness.
- While trail riding all riders must be courteous and considerate of other trail users and the trail system.
- BCC members are responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently fit for their desired activity.
- BCC members are responsible for bringing sufficient liquids and food, as required, for each BCC Ride, as well as appropriate tools/ spare tubes, etc.
- BCC members are not to be under the influence of any drug or beverage product that could impair their riding judgment while on a BCC Ride.
- Any and every accident on a BCC Ride shall be immediately reported to the BCC President. The incident will be reported to the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) through the proper reporting procedures and forms provided by the OCA. President’s contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For non-BCC riders wishing to try out a BCC Ride, extra OCA waiver forms will be available at the beginning of each BCC Ride, and the individual will be required to complete, sign, and return the waiver to the ride coordinator(s) prior to participating in the BCC Ride.
The Ride Coordinators:
- A ride coordinator(s) will be appointed by the BCC President for each BCC Ride. The ride coordinator will identify himself/herself to the group so that everyone is aware of who is coordinating the ride. The ride coordinator may describe the general ride route, and may provide a brief safety tip at the commencement of the ride. Each individual group on a BCC Ride may not have a coordinator.
- The ride coordinator(s) has the final decision on all matters pertaining to the BCC Ride and his/her decisions must be respected by all participants. The rider coordinator may appoint a designate should the ride coordinator be unable to attend a BCC Ride.
- Ride coordinators will carry cell phones for emergency use on all BCC Rides and, from time to time, will remind riders to carry their own cell phones on BCC Rides. Riders should immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- The BCC encourages all riders to be comfortable and proficient with group riding before joining a BCC ride.
- To support rider skills development, the BCC will periodically hold skills development programs for road riding and/ or mountain biking and encourages all BCC members to attend these programs and / or other cycling skills courses.
- Riders may be requested to complete a skills development program before attending or continuing to attend regular scheduled BCC rides. This applies for both road and off-road BCC rides.
- New or novice member are encouraged to participate in the Learn to Ride programs offered by the BCC before participating in any BCC rides.