Be Visible and Wear the Gear
It is important when riding your bicycle that others know you are there.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing: dark clothing can blend in with the environment and make it harder for people to spot you coming
- Put reflectors and lights on your bike: a white front light, a rear red light, and a rear reflector are required for night riding
- Ride in groups
- Ride in a predictable manner: do not weave in and out of traffic or parked cars
- Make eye contact with other road users especially at intersections
Being visible and using hand signals will help other road users know that you are there.
Wear the Gear
- Helmets save lives and can reduce brain injury. It is strongly recommended that every cyclist wears a helmet. In Alberta it’s the law for all cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Be sure you wear a bicycle specific helmet. Other types of helmets are not designed to absorb the type of impact that may be encountered during a cycling crash.
- Clothing- avoid loose clothing. Tuck loose pant legs in your socks to prevent them being caught in the bicycle’s moving parts.
- Footwear- choose properly fitted shoes. Do not wear flip flops and never cycle in bare feet.
Updated January 14, 2015