Bicycle Safety

Safety tips

  • Be visible.  Use lights, reflectors and wear reflective material
  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions, ride with traffic and obey all road signals 
  • Always have room to manoeuver. Don't squeeze between curbs and other vehicles
  • Obey traffic laws and stay close to the right edge of the road wherever possible

Bike helmets

Children and youth

  • By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet.

Riders under 16 years old: a parent or guardian must make sure their child wears a helmet.


  • Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide. It is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.

Types of helmets

The best helmets:

  • are made to meet strict safety standards
  • fit properly when worn correctly


Ontario Ministry of Transportation       

Region of Waterloo              




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