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Required cycling equipment

People cycling are required to have certain equipment based on provincial and municipal regulations. Essential equipment when cycling:

  • A bell or horn.
  • A bicycle brake.
  • When cycling at night a white headlamp, a red tail lamp and a red rear reflector.
  • If under the age of 18, a helmet.


People cycling must sound a warning device, such as a horn or bell, before passing people walking or other cyclists.


  • Make sure that both front and rear brakes are working properly.


When riding your bicycle at night, it is a legal requirement to have:

  • At least one white head front light, but not more than two white front lights
  • At least one red rear light
  • At least one red reflector mounted on the rear of the bicycle


Alberta Traffic Safety Act, Part 6 Division 5 Section 111 & 112:

  • Cyclists aged 18 and younger are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
  • Children in trailers and on trail-a-bikes are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
  • Helmets must meet ANSI, Snell or CSA standards to provide enough protection.

Make Sure It Fits

  • The helmet fits snugly, is level front to back, and sits an inch above your eyebrows.
  • Adjust the straps so the 'V' is below you ears and you can fit two fingers between your chin and the strap.

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