When cycling, many accessories are mandatory, such as reflectors. Others are strongly recommended, like rearview mirrors, pennants and helmets.
Retailers must equip all their bicycles with these 8 reflectors.
If you are riding your bike in the dark, watch out!
The Highway Safety Code requires the following accessories to be installed:
You are responsible for installing these lights if you want to ride your bike at night or in dark weather conditions.
For other road users to be able to see you more easily, we recommend that you wear brightly coloured clothing or, even better, reflective strips:
Although helmets are not mandatory, except for those riding electric bikes, they remain the best safety accessory for cyclists.
Learn more about how to adjust your helmet in our section entitled One Head, One Helmet.
Electric bikes: helmets are mandatory
If you are riding an electric bike, the Highway Safety Code requires that you wear a bike helmet.
Before setting out, make sure:
For increased safety, you can equip your bike with additional accessories such as:
Frames that are too big hinder balance and are the cause of many accidents, especially among children.
Stand astride the bike and place both feet flat on the ground. There should be a clearance of at least 2 centimetres between your crotch and the crossbar.
Since the seat is parallel to the ground, you should place your heel on the lower pedal. Your leg should be completely extended with the heel on the pedal; this will allow the knee to be slightly bent when the foot is in the pedalling position.
Have your bike engraved to discourage theft
For stolen bikes to be more easily identified, it is recommended that you have an identification number engraved on your bike frame by the police department, which will keep this number in its database.
To find out how to have your bike engraved, contact your local police department.