What Equipment do I require on my bicycle?
Bicycles are classified as vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. By law all bicycles must have:
- Reflective tape - white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks
- A bell or horn in good working order
- Brakes - at least one working brake system on the rear wheel
- Lights - a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise
Other components you should consider include:
- Saddle bags/panniers
- Rear rack
- Pant clip
In Ontario, every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet. If you are 18 or older you can make a choice to wear a helmet or not. When worn properly, bike helmets can reduce injuries.