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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.


Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet for your own safety
  • Night riders should have a white light at the front of the bike and a red reflector to the rear
  • Do not ride against traffic
  • Dress brightly to be seen
  • Children under 10 should not ride on the road
  • People of all ages should wear a helmet
  • Get a horn or a bell so cars that are approaching know you are near
  • Use hand signals to let drivers know what you plan to do. This includes signalling left (left arm straight out), stop (left arm bent down) and right (left arm bent up). An alternative to right turn signalling is right arm straight out.
  • A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act. You can be fined for improper bicycle riding, including careless driving ($265 fine), fail to yield ($90 fine), fail to signal ($90 fine), and disobey sign ($90 fine). These are just a few of the fines that cyclists can face if they violate the Highway Traffic Act.
Crime Prevention Tips
  • Always lock your bicycle when not in use
  • Lock your bicycle by placing a chain or cable through both wheels and the frame and attach around a stationary object
  • Keep the serial number and a picture of your bike in a safe place at home
  • If your bike is stolen, report the loss to the police immediatelyFor more information on bicycle safety, go to our Kids Korner section of the site or call our Community Services and Crime Prevention Unit at 905-579-1520, ext. 1775.