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Cycling Safely - Equipment

Some bicycle equipment is required by law, while other gear is recommended.

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Required Equipment

  • Helmet: Cyclists under 18 are required, by law, to wear a helmet when cycling. The helmet has to be on your head and the chin strap clip must be fastened under the chin. Does your helmet fit properly? Check out the Health Department’s web page on helmet safety for more details.
  • Reflective tape: It is suggested to add white reflective tape on the front forks, red reflector tape on the front, and rear of the bike.
  • Light and reflector: If you ride between dusk and dawn, you need a white light on the front of your bike (not just a reflector), and a red rear reflector or rear light that is also red.
  • Bell or horn: A bell or horn that works must be attached to the bike.

Recommended equipment

  • Basket: Having a basket to carry items allows for hands-on steering.
  • Water bottle: A water bottle and cage, attached to the bike frame, will allow you to stay hydrated.
  • Proper footwear: When cycling, wear proper shoes that cover the toes and back of the foot, such as sneakers.
  • Bright clothing: Reflective and bright clothing make you more visible to drivers, especially when riding in the dark.
  • Eyewear: Protective eyewear can keep the sun, bugs and wind out of your eyes.

Keep your bike secure

Always carry a quality bicycle lock when riding. Always use this lock to secure your bike and quick release items, by attaching the wheels and seat to something solid.