Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club - Safety & Education
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 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.
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
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:
- Get Basic Information
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:
- their name;
- the name of their insurance company; and
- their license plate number.
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.
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.
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
Everyone Has Access To Insurance Benefits
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.
Go To The Doctor
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.
Do I Have A Legal Claim?
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 email@example.com.
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 2 Courses in 2016
CAN-BIKE 2 is for new and seasoned cyclists alike, and a GREAT way to start the season!
Do you want more confidence and increased awareness on the road? Do you know that you are a vehicle
under the Highway Traffic Act? Take CAN-BIKE 2 training to 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: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday the last week of May and August plus the third week of July.
- May 30th, June 1st and 2nd.
- July 18th, 20th and 21st.
- August 22nd, 24th and 25th.
- CANCELLED: September 19th, 21st and 22nd.
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm every evening.
- Canada's premier cycling safety course teaches you the rules of the road and how to apply
- A targeted 12-hour version of CAN-BIKE 2 (four hours per day over three days) focussing on
defensive cycling for urban and rural, commuters and recreational cyclists;
- Course topics include: the law, how traffic works, good decision making, lane positioning, proper
cycling equipment, group riding, effective and efficient cycling in heavy traffic, basic maintenance,
collision avoidance techniques; and
- Course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.
Course Location: 1a McCormick Street (1 block east of Parkdale Market and north of Wellington St.)
Cost: $50, paid in advance. Half is refundable upon completion of leading at least one KNBC tour.
Registration: Please e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register.
Further info at:
CAN-BIKE Facebook page
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.