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Bike Equipment

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:

  • Lock
  • Saddle bags/panniers
  • Rear rack
  • Fenders
  • 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.