With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, the number of bicycles travelling on our roads has increased dramatically. While many cyclists have become aware of the significance of helmets to help increase rider safety, some people still appear unaware of the importance (and legal requirement) for bicycle lights and reflectors.
Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle being ridden anytime from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise is required to be equipped with the following:
• A white or amber light on the front of the bicycle;
• A red light or MTO approved reflector on the rear of the bicycle;
• White reflective material on the front forks of the bicycle; and
• Red reflective material measuring not less than 250 mm x 25 mm on the rear of the bicycle.
Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a fine. Much more importantly though, failure to be visible at night can result in an accident and serious injury to a cyclist. An unlit bicycle on a dark road at night can be very difficult to see, especially against the glare of oncoming headlights and other traffic.
Not only do bicycle lights help cyclists see where they are going at night, they increase visibility and help avoid accidents. Next time you go for an evening ride, make sure your bicycle is equipped with appropriate lights and reflectors. See and be seen!