So as of May 6th, TVG has an insurance policy in place. Lots of questions regarding this and membership. Folks are wondering why this is all required when things were just fine the way they were. The reality is that the way things were was leaving some of us open for liability issues.
With all the issues to attend to with the trails in Dufferin Forest and the Dufferin County Forest Management Plan, someone had to come to the County meetings for the mountain bike community with insurance as an organized club in order to try and preserve access to the trails in the forest (equestrians, hunters, snowmobilers, dirt bikers were all represented as insured groups at the meetings). If we wanted permission to maintain the single track of the Dufferin County Forest, we needed insurance.
So those are the main reasons. Our insurance company requires anyone going on an event organized by TVG (ie. one posted on the website) signs a waiver releasing TVG of liability. If anyone is a “member” of TVG, then they only need to fill out the waiver once a year.
So, we have decided that anyone who wants to be a member of TVG can do so. We are not setting a membership fee, but instead membership will be based on a donation basis. (The donations will go towards our insurance premiums, IMBA membership dues and support for our trail building/clean up days). This way we are not requiring anyone to pay to join. If you feel you benefit in some way from our club, then you can donate based on your experience, it’s up to you. You can become a member and you will only be required to fill out the waiver once a year. The completion of a insurance waiver is however an essential formality.
I hope that is a clear enough explanation of what is going on and why it’s happening. If you have any questions regarding the insurance requirements, liability issues or membership in general, please e-mail us through the “Contact” tab. If you choose to donate, please pass your donation on to Bernie, Johnny or Tyler or used the “JOIN NOW” tab below.
Please print and fill out the following waiver an bring it along on your next ride. Go to:
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation, see you out there!