North Shore Runners/ Swimmers/ Cycle

Risk Management Policy 2016

General:

~ All members of North Shore Runners (NSR) are responsible for bringing forward to the NSR Board any safety issues related to NSR runs, walks, swims and rides which present themselves throughout the season.

~While on NSR runs, walks, and rides, all NSR members must adhere to and obey all rules of the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

~Any NSR member on a NSR runs, walks, swims and/or rides should immediately advise the run, swim or ride coordinator(s) and other members of the run, swim or ride should the member feel the group or individuals in the group are acting in an unsafe manner.  The member should withdraw from the activity if they feel unsafe.

~All participants of the NSR must provide proof of membership in good standing prior to each activity, if requested by the actvity coordinator.  If an ineligible participant insists on participating even after being asked not to, then the NSR activity may proceed, however, the coordinator shall advise the ineligible participant, with a witness present, that he or she is ineligible and is not covered by any NSR insurance and is responsible for all his/ her actions.

~Each NSR participants will conduct themselves in a responsible manner and retains liability for their own actions.

 

Requirements:

 ~ An Activity coordinator(s) will be appointed by the NSR Board for each NSR activity.  The coordinator will identify himself/herself to the group so that everyone is aware of who is coordinating the activity.  The coordinator may describe the general run, walk, swim or ride route, and may provide a brief safety tip at the commencement of the activity.  Each individual group on a NSR activity may not have a coordinator.

~ The coordinator(s) has the final decision on all matters pertaining to the NSR Activity and his/her decisions must be respected by all participants.  The coordinator may appoint a designate should the coordinator be unable to attend a NSR activity.

~ Activity coordinators will carry cell phones for emergency use on all NSR activities and, from time to time, will remind participants to carry their own cell phones on NSR runs, walks, swims or rides.  All participants should immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

Rides:

~ NSR Rides on roads will be planned to use lesser- traveled roads where possible and practical.

~ NSR Rides will not ride if lightning is present and will be cancelled if lightning is sighted.

~When a large number of riders come out for any given NSR Ride, the riders will be encouraged by the ride coordinator to break into smaller groups.  A size of 6-12 is a reasonable group. Groups should be at least 100 meters apart on the road to allow other vehicles to pass safely in two manoeuvres.

~ Riders must not be left behind during an NSR Ride unless they first confirm with the ride coordinator(s) that they are detaching from the group; all members of the NSR Ride are responsible for ensuring they properly notify the ride coordinator(s) if they are detaching from the group.

~ NSR members are responsible for ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order before attending each NSC Ride.

~Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while participating in any NSR ride and other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g., gloves, eye wear).

~Front and rear lights are required during any NSR Ride which takes place one half hour before sunset and/ or which may extend into darkness.

~While trail riding all riders must be courteous and considerate of other trail users and the trail system.

~NSR members are responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently fit for their desired activity.

~NSR members are responsible for bringing sufficient liquids and food, as required, for each NSR Ride, as well as appropriate tools/ spare tubes, etc.

~NSR members are not to be under the influence of any drug or beverage product that could impair their riding judgment while on a NSC Ride.

~Any and every accident on a NSR Ride shall be immediately reported to a NSR Board member to be reported to the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) through the proper reporting procedures and forms provided by the OCA. The list of Board members can be found on the NSR website.

~For non-NSR riders wishing to try out a NSR Ride, extra OCA waiver forms will be available at the beginning of each NSR Ride, and  the individual will be required to complete, sign, and return the waiver to the ride coordinator(s) prior to participating in the NSR Ride.

 

Skills Development:

 ~The NSR encourages all particpants to be comfortable and proficient with before joining a NSR activity.

~To support rider skills development, the NSR will periodically hold skills development programs for road riding and encourages all NSR members to attend these programs and / or other cycling skills courses.

~ NSR Riders and Swimmers may be requested to complete a skills development program before attending or continuing to attend regular scheduled NSR activities. This applies for both road and off-road NSR rides.

~New or novice member are encouraged to participate in the Learn to Run, Learn to Swim and Learn to Ride programs offered by the NSR before participating in more challenging or technically advanced rides.