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Personal and Home Safety

Bicycle Safety

RCMP Horse and Rider

Cyclists have the same rights and duties as vehicle drivers. 

Engrave your bike with your (or your parent's) BC Driver's Licence number.

Before you ride, check your bike is in safe riding condition.

1. Saddle
2. Brake Pads
3. Lights & Reflectors
4. Brake Cables
5. Shifter Levers
6. Pedals
7. Pedal Cranks & Bottom Bracket
8. Chain Sprocket
9. Tires & Spokes
10. Derailleur
11.  Gear Cluster
12. Wheel Bearings
Wear a Bike Helmet
In BC, it is mandatory to wear a helmet. The penalty for riding without a helmet is $29.

Cyclist Visibility

Wear fluorescent or brightly coloured clothing with reflective materials. All bikes should be equipped with front and rear reflectors and lights.

Riding on Roadways
Ride at the far right of the roadway with the flow of traffic on bike routes and low volume roadways wherever possible. All traffic signals and road signs must be obeyed and hazards such as parked vehicles pulling away from the curb, car doors opening, potholes, etc., should be avoided. Use extra caution when crossing driveways.

Entering the Flow of Traffic
Always shoulder check and use hand signals (see below) before entering the flow of traffic. Always make eye contact with drivers of approaching vehicles to ensure the driver has seen you and has the intention of yielding.

Learn Your Hand Signals!

Crossing Intersections
Always check for traffic and pedestrians before entering an intersection.

Simple Rules for Safety

  • Always check your bicycle for size. If you can stand above the horizontal cross-bar with your seat at hip level, then the fit is right.
  • You must have a white front light and a rear red light or reflector.
  • Your bike must have a bell or horn.
  • Your bike must have at least one braking system.
  • Listening to portable stereos or wearing head phones can be dangerous while riding a bike.