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Useful Links For Tour Leaders (And Club Members, Too)

Report Bad Roads

To report poor road surface conditions to the City of Ottawa, e-mail your councillor.

Below the map is a list of all current City of Ottawa Councilors with their contact information. Also, copy Robin Bennet at (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning, Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa) and

City of Ottawa ward map with Councillors

Bob Monette
Ward 1 Orléans
Ph: (613) 580-2471
Fax: (613) 580-2511

Jody Mitic
Ward 2 Innes
Ph: (613) 580-2472
Fax: (613) 580-2512

Jan Harder
Ward 3 Barrhaven
Ph: (613) 580-2473
Fax: (613) 580-2513

Marianne Wilkinson
Ward 4 Kanata North
Ph: (613) 580-2474
Fax: (613) 580-2514

Eli El-Chantiry
Ward 5 West Carleton-March
Ph: (613) 580-2475
Fax: (613) 580-2515

Shad Qadri
Ward 6 Stittsville
Ph: (613) 580-2476
Fax: (613) 580-2516

Mark Taylor
Ward 7 Bay
Ph: (613) 580-2477
Fax: (613) 580-2517

Rick Chiarelli
Ward 8 College
Ph: (613) 580-2478
Fax: (613) 580-2518

Keith Egli
Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale
Ph: (613) 580-2479
Fax: (613) 580-2519

Diane Deans
Ward 10 Gloucester-Southgate
Ph: (613) 580-2480
Fax: (613) 580-2520

Tim Tierney
Ward 11 Beacon Hill-Cyrville
Ph: (613) 580-2481
Fax: (613) 580-2521

Mathieu Fleury
Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier
Ph: (613) 580-2482
Fax: (613) 580-2522

Tobi Nussbaum
Ward 13 Rideau-Rockcliffe
Ph: (613) 580-2483
Fax: (613) 580-2523

Catherine McKenney
Ward 14 Somerset
Ph: (613) 580-2484
Fax: (613) 580-2524

Jeff Leiper
Ward 15 Kitchissippi
Ph: (613) 580-2485
Fax: (613) 580-2525

Riley Brockington
Ward 16 River
Ph: (613) 580-2486
Fax: (613) 580-2526

David Chernushenko
Ward 17 Capital
Ph: (613) 580-2487

Jean Cloutier
Ward 18 Alta Vista
Ph: (613) 580-2488
Fax: (613) 580-2528

Stephen Blais
Ward 19 Cumberland
Ph: (613) 580-2489
Fax: (613) 580-2697

George Darouze
Ward 20 Osgoode
Ph: (613) 580-2490
Fax: (613) 580-2530

Scott Moffatt
Ward 21 Rideau-Goulbourn
Ph: (613) 580-2491
Fax: (613) 580-2531

Michael Qaqish
Ward 22 Gloucester-South Nepean
Ph: (613) 580-2751
Fax: (613) 580-2761

Allan Hubley
Ward 23 Kanata South
Ph: (613) 580-2752
Fax: (613) 580-2762

What To Do (Legal) In Ontario In Case Of A Bicycle Accident Involving A Motor Vehicle

Ontario roads can be a hazardous place for bicyclists. After an accident, the Ontario legal system can be almost as hazardous for injured people. Most people do not know what to do after a motor vehicle accident to make sure they are protected. This is a brief how-to guide to make sure that you stay protected after an accident with a motor vehicle.

If someone is seriously hurt, call 911 and follow the directions of the operator.

In addition,
click here for what to do (and not do) to assist an injured cyclist at the scene of a crash.

Once the injured are attended to:
  1. Get Basic Information

  2. After a motor vehicle accident, it is important to get information so that you can identify the person who hit you. At a bare minimum, you want to learn:
    If you are not able to gather the information yourself, then have someone else gather it for you. You will need this basic information in order to report the accident to the police and in order to learn what insurance company you may have insurance benefits through. Take a picture of the motor vehiclist's license plate, license and registration if they will let you.

  3. Report The Accident To The Police

  4. Everyone involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes more than $1,000 in damage has an obligation to report it to the police.

    After calling the police, they will usually attend the scene of the accident, interview witnesses and perhaps issue a ticket against the person who caused the accident. The police investigation will hopefully preserve information about how the accident happened.

    For less serious accidents, you can report the accident to a collision reporting centre. Everyone involved in the accident should attend the reporting centre to file a report. A directory of collision reporting centre addresses is listed here.

  5. Everyone Has Access To Insurance Benefits

  6. All bicyclists in Ontario involved in motor vehicle accidents have access to accident insurance benefits, even if the accident was their fault.

    Accident insurance benefits cover reasonable costs for medical and benefits (physiotherapy, counselling, chiropractor, etc.) and even an amount for income replacement if you are not able to work. Even if you did not work for 26 of the 52 weeks before the accident, then you may still be entitled to benefits.

    You may be entitled to other benefits depending on what coverage you have and how seriously you're injured. The insurance company will send you a letter outlining what benefits you may be entitled to, but it is best to consult a lawyer as a precaution.

    Which insurance company do you apply to? If you have car insurance, then you can apply to your own insurance company. If you do not have car insurance, then you can apply to the insurance company for the person who hit you. If the person who hit you does not have car insurance, then apply to the "motor vehicle accident claims fund" as the coverage of last resort. Call the insurance company and they will send you the application forms.

    If you have home insurance, it may cover the damage to your bicycle. If you have an expensive bicycle, then it is worth checking with your insurance company to make sure the full replacement cost is covered.

    If the insurance company stops your accident benefits, then you can dispute their decision. Consult a lawyer. Personal injury lawyers regularly help clients get compensation from insurance companies who unfairly stop paying benefits.

  7. Go To The Doctor

  8. It is usually a good idea to go to the hospital after an accident as a precaution, especially if you hit your head. Regardless, it is important to follow up with your family doctor or a walk-in clinic afterwards. Your family doctor is the quarterback of your treatment team; they oversee your treatment and refer you to other medical specialists.

    If you apply for accident insurance benefits or start a lawsuit, then some of your medical records will be produced to the insurance company. Always be honest and forthright when speaking to your doctors because they will keep notes of your conversations. Tell your doctor about all of your symptoms and how severe they are. Do not exaggerate or be stoic. The insurance company may use your clinical records against you to argue that your injuries are minor or not related to the accident. Plus, if your doctor does not know about all of your symptoms, he or she cannot give you the proper treatment.

  9. Do I Have A Legal Claim?

  10. If the motorist caused your accident, and your injuries are serious enough, then you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, housekeeping and medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost income.

    Not all people injured in motor vehicle accidents in Ontario are entitled to compensation. Consult a lawyer to determine whether you have a legal claim because the process is complicated. The lawyer can usually tell you if you have a legal claim and give you an estimate of how much money you are owed. A lawyer can also help you preserve important evidence and provide you with legal advice in order to ensure that you are legally protected while you recover from your injuries.

    Joseph Fearon is a personal injury lawyer with Preszler Law Firm LLP. He also writes for Reasonable Doubt, a legal column on access to justice that appears Mondays online for Now Magazine. You may reach him at

    A word of caution: To ensure your interests are protected, retain or formally seek advice from a lawyer. This article is not intended to provide legal advice.

What To Do (And Not Do) To Assist An Injured Cyclist At The Scene Of A Crash

When witness to an accident, immediately do a helmet check immediately and DO NOT let the injured party make decisions for themselves.

They may be in shock, and despite what they may say and do, they are simply not capable of making neither accurate assessments nor decisions with regard to their own health. The standard "I am ok" should NOT be listened to. It is incumbent on the people around the injured to step in, take charge and call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry.

CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course (formerly CAN-BIKE-2) for 2017

For new and experienced cyclists alike.

Do you want more confidence and increased awareness on the road? Do you know that you are a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act? This advanced course is designed for cyclists both new and experienced to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of infrastructure. Gain both confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. Learn the rules, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Be the example to emulate.

Dates: Here is this Season's Training Schedule:
• 29, 31 May & 01 Jun (full)
• 17, 19 and 20 July
• 21, 23 and 24 August

Course Duration: three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.
Course Location: NEW THIS YEAR: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O'Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6
Cost: Only $55, and $25 is refundable on completion of leading at least one KNBC ride.

To Register: Potential participants are to e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register (or ask questions) at

KNBC Safety Handbook

Monna McElveny, Safety & Education Director

Click here for a .pdf version of the KNBC Safety Handbook which contains all the information below.