[TheThinkTank] Youth Bike Programs and Insurance Policies

MoBo Bicycle Co-op mobobicyclecoop at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 19:22:34 PDT 2019

-We have a related consent form issue, for our drop in youth program. We
technically require a signature from kids' responsible adult, but they can
bring in the signed form and we may never see the adult; we often can't
even reach them on the phone. What position are we in if the person signing
it is not in fact in a position to give consent for the child (say, if they
get a friend to forge a signature)?

Thankfully in 11 years of youth programming we've never had an issue that's
needed our waiver!


On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 5:47 PM bike club <bikeclub at pedalpower.org> wrote:

> Hey all,
> We've had similar questions regarding liability stuff with regards to our
> Youth program in Vancouver, BC
> Specifically, now that we are running monthly rides as part of our team
> drop in program that has previously been shop based, we have a number of
> questions including:
> -what is the age at which a teen can sign their own consent forms (this is
> probably a BC-specific question). Some things seem to indicate 16, 18, 19.
> We're not sure which age applies to this scenario
> -if a teen or person of any age we know or dont know meets on on the
> street and wants to join the ride and doesnt have a consent form what are
> the legaliities around being on a ride in a public space and the scope of
> what we are responsible for with folks riding with us?
> -if someone wants to leave the ride because we are passing near their
> house on our way back, when does our responsibility end?
> Sarah
> On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM Jody Davison <jodyvick at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi, I'm an LCI and registered my youth courses on their website, so that
>> covered my personal liability. I partnered with a Neighborhood Development
>> Organization and was able to do an insurance rider added on for each season
>> through them. It wasn't until my second or third year that it occured to us
>> I should do a background check and we went to where they gather and screen
>> my fingerprints. I had an earn a bike summer camp where 10 kids were riding
>> on city streets w myself and 2 rotating volunteers for 5 days a week, ages
>> 10-13. There were never any issues or inquiries.
>> Noteworthy, it was a very underserved community and I did all the grant
>> writing to cover the expenses, so I was able to offer camp for free, and
>> provide breakfast and lunch, so I believe families were just super glad to
>> have it in an environment without many other similar outlets. There may be
>> far more scrutiny in other communities. I had a solid three year run
>> without any issue.
>> Hope that helps!
>> Thanks,
>> Jody Davison
>> On Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 10:41 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
>> wrote:
>>> cyclista Audrey,
>>> I don't think you'd be acting responsibly unless you had background
>>> checks run on any staff working directly and unsupervised with youth.
>>> Exceptions might be made if parents attend along with the kids, or if
>>> the environment is highly populated (in other words, no one is ever
>>> alone with the kids).
>>> Here in Ithaca we have an entity called the Ithaca Child Development
>>> Council that performs background checks, and essentially vets people. As
>>> I understand it, the ICDC then can share the information with the
>>> employer, but I'm not sure the latter happens in every case. There may
>>> be provisions where background data is confidential (I'd hope so).
>>> You might want to look around in your community to see how the process
>>> happens - who the certifying authority is, essentially. What the process
>>> is will probably vary from locale to locale.
>>> -cyclista Nicholas
>>> On 2019-08-08 19:03, Audrey Wiedemeier wrote:
>>> > Hello All:
>>> >
>>> > We here at the Bike Library are very interested in getting a teen
>>> > program started. We have identified five young adults that have been
>>> > knocking on the door, and have agreed to help get a youth program off
>>> > the ground.
>>> >
>>> > What insurance do you have? (We are with WestBend and they don't allow
>>> > anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer).
>>> > Do you have language that supports the youth program that you use for
>>> > your insurance?
>>> > Do you require background checks when working with minors?
>>> >
>>> > Any information you have on starting a teen bike program would be
>>> > greatly appreciated.
>>> >
>>> > Thanks much, y'all.
>>> >
>>> > Peace & grease,
>>> >
>>> > AUDREY WIEDEMEIER (She/her/hers)
>>> > Iowa City Bike Library, Director
>>> >
>>> > 700 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
>>> > HOURS: Sat. 10-3, Mon. 5-7, Tues. 6-8,
>>> > Wed. 6-8, Thurs. 6-8, Fri. 4:30-6:30
>>> >
>>> > BikeLibrary.org [1]
>>> > C: (515) 450-1651
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Links:
>>> > ------
>>> > [1] http://BikeLibrary.org
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> Sarah Duby FioRito
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> Please note my office hours are during the daytime on Tuesdays  :)
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