Ride 4 Williams Syndrome Risk Management Plan
Cycling can be a dangerous activity. The Ride 4 Williams Syndrome (RFC) has developed this Risk Management Plan to document how RFC rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with the cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by all RFC cycling participants, and as permitted by Ontario Cycling Association rules, during every RFC ride. All RFC participants and any visiting riders, share the responsibility for making all RFC rides as safe as possible.
RFC Rides refers to the three illustrated rides that are located under “Course Maps” on the website.
The RFC is a non-profit, charitable organization.
- The RFC annually purchases General Liability Insurance coverage through the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) for this non-profit charitable event.
- 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.
- RFC participants should familiarize themselves with the terms of the insurance coverage. The coverage details may be accessed through the OCA website.
Standards of Care:
- This Risk Management Plan and all RFC rides shall adhere to the following, as applicable:
- OCA rules and regulations as they pertain to the RFC.
- Ontario Highway Traffic Act. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act is available here: www.e-laws.gov.on.ca
- All members of the RFC are responsible for bringing forward to an RFC ride organizer any safety issues related to RFC rides that present themselves throughout the riding event.
- While on an RFC Ride, all RFC participants must adhere to and obey all rules of the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
- Any RFC participant on an RFC 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 an RFC Ride must have paid for rider registration before commencing a ride.
- Each RFC Ride participant should conduct him or herself in a responsible manner and retains liability for their own actions.
- RFC Rides will use lesser-traveled roads where possible and practical.
- RFC Rides will not run if lightning is present and will be cancelled if lightning is sighted.
- The RFC will co-ordinate groups of 6-15 riders to start at 5-minute intervals apart to ensure each individual riders safety. All RFC rider groups should maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres on the road to allow other vehicles to pass safely in two manoeuvres.
- All RFC riders are encouraged to stay with a group, and ride within their comfort zone.
- Riders must not be left behind during a RFC Ride.
- RFC riders are responsible for ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order before attending each RFC ride.
- Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while participating in any RFC ride and other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g., gloves, eye wear).
- RFC participants are responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently fit for their selected bike route.
- RFC participants are not to be under the influence of any drug or beverage product that could impair their riding judgment while on a RFC Ride.
- Any and every accident must be reported to an RFC ride organizer. The incident will be reported to the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) through the proper reporting procedures and forms provided by the OCA.
The Ride Coordinators:
- An RFC ride co-ordinator will be assigned at the start of each bike route.
- Ride coordinators will carry cell phones for emergency use on all RFC Rides, and all RFC Riders are encouraged to carry their own cell phones. Riders should immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- The RFC encourages all riders to be comfortable and proficient with their selected bike route. Please ensure that rider’s stretch and warm-up accordingly prior to commencing your selected ride.
- New or novice riders are encouraged to ride with a friend. Newcomers are always welcome!