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Bicycle Safety

All cyclists are required by law to have the following equipment when cycling:

  • A safety helmet for those under 18; this includes passengers. Bicycle helmets must adhere to the standards set out in Section 112 of the Vehicle Equipment Regulations
  • A person shall not ride a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle has the following:

    • at least one headlamp but not more than 2 headlamps
    • at least one red tail lamp;
    • at least one red reflector mounted on the rear.
  • A person shall not ride a bicycle unless the bicycle has a brake.

Bicycle Crime Prevention

  • Use a U-shaped bicycle lock to secure your bike to a bike rack. Using a U-shaped lock on the frame and a cable lock system to secure the wheels to the frame is recommended. Always lock up your bicycle – theft takes seconds.
  • Lock all removable parts like the wheels. Take any removable items, such as lights and odometers, with you.
  • Ensure the lock and bike are difficult to move when secured. Always keep the lock away from the ground; thieves may try to smash it. Ensure the gap between the bike and the lock is small.
  • Even when stored on private property, ensure your bicycle is properly secured in the garage or shed - keep the door locked. Do not put your bike on display.
  • Avoid locking your bike in an isolated area. Lock it where a potential thief can easily be seen.
  • Make a detailed written record of the bicycle model, make, colour and any other unique characteristics. If possible, take a clear, colour photograph of the bike.
  • Record the bicycle serial number. This number is usually located on the bottom of the frame between the pedals. If your bike does not have a serial number, make your own. Mark your bike by engraving your initials or a four-digit number of your choice.
  • Avoid leaving your bicycle visible when temporarily stored in your vehicle. If the bicycle is stored outside the vehicle, on a carrier, ensure that all parts of the bike are secured.
  • If your bicycle has been stolen, please report it to us online.

Report a crime online

You can report these crimes online:

  • Break and Enter (Detached Garage/Shed)
  • Damage to Property
  • Damage to vehicle
  • Lost property
  • Theft from vehicle, under $5,000, or
  • Theft under $5,000