Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club - Safety & Education
KNBC Safety Handbook
Monna-Leigh McElveny, Safety & Education Director
Click here for a PDF version of the KNBC Safety Handbook
which contains all the information below.
Useful Links For Tour Leaders (And Club Members, Too)
Accident Protocol - What to do and not do, at the scene of an accident.
Ontario roads can be a hazardous place for bicyclists - with or without vehicles.
When you witness an accident involving a cyclist:
Ensure the injured cyclist is safe;
Barricade the area (with your bike if necessary);
If there is a possibility of a neck or spinal injury, DO NOT MOVE THEM and call 911;
If conscious, and there is no risk of a neck or spinal injury - carefully remove their helmet, and do a visual helmet check;
Look for evidence that the helmet has hit the ground (scratches or gravel impregnations) on the outside, and cracks in the foam on the inside.
If you think there is a chance of a concussion or other injury; DO NOT let the injured party make decisions for themselves, call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry;
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 Group Leader and/or people around them, to step in, take charge and call 911 if they deem it to be necessary; and
If an ambulance is called (and there was a hit to the head), ensure the helmet goes to the hospital with the injured party, to alert emergency room staff of their possible/probable head trauma;
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;
Complete an Accident Report Form (at the scene if possible);
Call the club President, Safety and Education Director and Tour Director; and
Send the Accident Report Form to the Safety and Education Director.
If a vehicle is involved:
Obtain (i.e. take a picture of):
the driver's name;
the name of their insurance company;
their registration; and
their license plate number.
Report the accident to the police:
Everyone involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes more than $1,000 in damage has an obligation to report it to the police;
Police, will usually come to the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and may issue a ticket to the person who caused the accident; and
The police investigation will hopefully preserve information about how the accident happened.
Accident caused by a road hazard:
If the accident was a result of a road hazard, or unsafe road surface conditions, e-mail the relevant city councillor with a clear description of how the road hazard or unsafe road surface conditions contributed to the accident. Also, notify Robin Bennet at email@example.com (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning, Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: CAA offers Emergency Roadside Assistance to cyclists year round as part of their CAA membership. https://www.caa.ca/bike/
CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course (formerly CAN-BIKE-2) for 2018
For new and experienced cyclists alike.
Do not be intimidated by the name change to 'Level 4'. The folks at CANBIKE changed the name from 2 to 4 – but – the content remains the same. This course is for new and experienced cyclists alike! You will become more confident and have increased awareness on the road! You will learn what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act looks like. This course is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Ideally – you will become the example to emulate.
Dates: Here is this Season's Training Schedule:
• Mon 28 May, Wed 30 May & Thurs 31 May;
• Mon 25 Jun, Wed 27 Jun & Thurs 28 Jun;
• Mon 23 Jul, Wed 25 Jul & Thurs 26 Jul; and
• Mon 27 Aug, Wed 29 Aug & Thurs 30 Aug.
Course Duration: three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.
Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O'Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6
Cost: Only $55, and this is fully 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 email@example.com
Club Policy on Aero Bars.
While aero bars can be a great asset for improved speed when racing or when riding on your own, they should not be used when riding in a club group ride. When riding in a group you may be required to react quickly to any given situation. The reaction time (ie to manoeuvre or brake suddenly) is impeded by the increased time required to reach your brakes from the aero bars. Additionally, you do not have the same level of control that you would have, with your hands in the normal position on your handlebars. Even in the front or back of the group, safety can be compromised when there is a need to stop or react suddenly. The safety of the entire group should be the concern of every rider. It is not necessary to remove them from your bikes but to simply just not use them. Exceptions will be made if a rider uses aerobars for medical reasons (ie neck arthritis), however; individuals involved must emphasize and practice the need for allowing extra space around them to manoeuvre and/or brake suddenly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning,
Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability,
City of Ottawa) and email@example.com.
Ward 1 Orléans
Ph: (613) 580-2471
Fax: (613) 580-2511
Ward 2 Innes
Ph: (613) 580-2472
Fax: (613) 580-2512
Ward 3 Barrhaven
Ph: (613) 580-2473
Fax: (613) 580-2513
Ward 4 Kanata North
Ph: (613) 580-2474
Fax: (613) 580-2514
Ward 5 West Carleton-March
Ph: (613) 580-2475
Fax: (613) 580-2515
Ward 6 Stittsville
Ph: (613) 580-2476
Fax: (613) 580-2516
Ward 7 Bay
Ph: (613) 580-2477
Fax: (613) 580-2517
Ward 8 College
Ph: (613) 580-2478
Fax: (613) 580-2518
Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale
Ph: (613) 580-2479
Fax: (613) 580-2519
Ward 10 Gloucester-Southgate
Ph: (613) 580-2480
Fax: (613) 580-2520
Ward 11 Beacon Hill-Cyrville
Ph: (613) 580-2481
Fax: (613) 580-2521
Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier
Ph: (613) 580-2482
Fax: (613) 580-2522
Ward 13 Rideau-Rockcliffe
Ph: (613) 580-2483
Fax: (613) 580-2523
Ward 14 Somerset
Ph: (613) 580-2484
Fax: (613) 580-2524
Ward 15 Kitchissippi
Ph: (613) 580-2485
Fax: (613) 580-2525
Ward 16 River
Ph: (613) 580-2486
Fax: (613) 580-2526
Ward 17 Capital
Ph: (613) 580-2487
Ward 18 Alta Vista
Ph: (613) 580-2488
Fax: (613) 580-2528
Ward 19 Cumberland
Ph: (613) 580-2489
Fax: (613) 580-2697
Ward 20 Osgoode
Ph: (613) 580-2490
Fax: (613) 580-2530
Ward 21 Rideau-Goulbourn
Ph: (613) 580-2491
Fax: (613) 580-2531
Ward 22 Gloucester-South Nepean
Ph: (613) 580-2751
Fax: (613) 580-2761
Ward 23 Kanata South
Ph: (613) 580-2752
Fax: (613) 580-2762