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2017 Risk Management Plan



Cycling can be dangerous activity. The Bartali Beyk Club (BBC) has developed this Risk Management Plan to document how BBC rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by BBC members, and any permitted visiting riders as permitted by Ontario Cycling Association rules, during every BBC ride. All BBC members, and any permitted visiting riders, share the responsibility for making BBC rides as safe as possible.


Each BBC member shall view an online copy of this Risk Management Plan at http://www.bbcride.comAdditional information regarding BBC rules and programs can also be found on the BBC website (see Ride Etiquette Guidelines for the BBC)




BBC Rides means rides formally organized by the BBC and as described on the BBC website. Rides not listed on the BBC website are not BBC rides.


BBC Creation


 The BBC was created in March of 2016.


BBC Insurance


  • Through the member registration process, each member purchases General Liability Insurance coverage through the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA).  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. BBC members should familiarize themselves with the terms of the insurance coverage.  The coverage details may be accessed at


The BBC must receive signed insurance waivers from each BBC member; membership is not assigned or granted until a signed waiver is received by the BBC. This is part of the online member registration process.


Standards of Care


This Risk Management Plan and all BBC programs and rides shall adhere to the following, as applicable:


UCI, CCA, OCA rules and regulations as they pertain to Club Rides.


 Ontario HighwayTraffic Act

While on BBC Rides, all BBC members must adhere to and obey all rules of the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic ActThe Ontario Highway Traffic Act is available at:


Risk Management


 All members of the BBC are responsible for bringing forward to the BBC coordinator any safety issues related to BBC Rides which present themselves throughout the riding season.

 While on BBC Rides, all BBC members must adhere to and obey all rules of the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

 Any BBC member on a BBC Ride should immediately advise the ride marshal(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 he/she feels unsafe.

 All participants of the BBC Rides must provide proof of membership in good standing prior to each ride, if requested by the ride marshal.

 Each BBC Ride participant will conduct themselves in a responsible manner and retains liability for their own actions.


Ride Marshals/Coordinators


 A ride marshal(s) may be appointed by the BBC coordinator for each BBC Ride. The ride marshal 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 providebrief safety tip at the commencement of the ride. Each individual group on a BBC Ride may or may not have a marshal/coordinator.

 The ride marshal(s) has the final decision on all matters pertaining to the BBC Ride and his/her decisions must be respected by all participants.

 Ride marshal(s) will carry cell phone for emergency use on all BBC Rides. BBC members are encouraged to carry their own cell phones on BBC Rides. Riders should immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency.

 If no ride Marshal is present, members should continue to follow the Risk Management Plan and Ride Policies accordingly.





BBC Rides on roads will be planned to use lesser- traveled roads where possible and practical.


 BBC 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 BBC Ride ride, the riders will be encouraged by the ride coordinator to break into smaller groups. 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 BBC Ride unless they first confirm with the ride marshal(s) that they are detaching from the group; all members of the BBC Ride are responsible for ensuring they properly notify the ride marshal(s) if they are detaching from the group.

 BBC members are responsible for ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order before attending each BBC Ride.

 Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while participating in any BBC ride and other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g.,gloves, eyewear).

 While trail riding all riders must be courteous and considerate of other trail users and the trail system.

 BBC members are responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently fit for their desired activity.

 BBC members are responsible for bringing sufficient liquids and food, as required, for each BBC Ride, as well as appropriate tools/ spare tubes, etc.

 BBC members are not to be under the influence of any drug or beverage product that could impair their riding judgment while on a BBC Ride.

 Any and every accident onBBC Ride shall be immediately reported to a BBC representative to be reported to the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) through the proper reporting procedures and forms provided by the OCA. The list of BBC representatives can be found on the BBC website.


Skills Development


  • The BBC encourages all riders to be comfortable and proficient with group riding before joining BBC ride.

 To support rider skills development, the BBC will periodically hold skills development programs for road riding and encourages all BBC members to attend these programs and/or other cycling skills courses.

 Riders maybe requested to complete skills development program before attending or continuing to attend regular scheduled BBC rides. This applies for both road and off-road BBC rides.