KNBC Safety Handbook

Monna-Leigh McElveny, Safety and Education Advisor

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

Safety Videos 

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 Advisor and Tour Director; and
  • Send the Accident Report Form to the Safety Advisor.
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 (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning, Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa) and

Note: CAA offers Emergency Roadside Assistance to cyclists year round as part of their CAA membership.

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 (i.e. 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 (i.e. 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, call or e-mail your councillor.  The two maps below show who and where they are. This Councillor Contacts link will take you to the City of Ottawa web site with all 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