Getting ready to bike safely

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Aside from knowing the rules of the road (go to: Bike safety for newcomers), you should have safe equipment for biking.

Proper safety gear

It is the law to have the proper equipment and gear.

  • Your bike should have a white light on the front and a red light or reflector on the back.
  • A blinking LED light on the back of your bike is an added protection.
  • Wear brightly coloured clothes. Use reflective material if you will bike longer distances.
  • Younger kids may need knee and elbow pads.

Check if your bike is safe to ride. Do the ABC Quick Check.
A– See if your tires have enough air.
B– Check if your Brakes are working.
C– The Chain should be clean and oiled.

Get a bike that is the right size for you. Watch this video: Ride Safe this Summer.

Where to get a bike:

Get high quality bikes at stores all over Manitoba. Choose to rent, build, or buy second-hand. Be careful when buying second-hand through Kijiji, Craigslist and similar sources. Make sure the bike is not stolen. Ask the seller for the serial number. Check it in the Canadian Police Information Centre database.

Helmet

Anyone under 18 years old must wear a helmet. It is the law. Adults should also wear them. It’s safer and a way to show good behavior to your kids.

Watch this video to know how a proper helmet protects you and how to choose the right one :

CAN-BIKE // Bike Helmets 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo.

Remember:

  1. Helmets should be safety-certified.
  2. Follow the 2V1 rule for proper fit:
    • The space between your helmet and eyebrows should be two fingers.
    • The straps should form a v shape under your ears.
    • Only one finger should fit between your chin and strap.
  3. Helmets last 3-5 years. Replace after 5 years or if the helmet was in a crash or if it is damaged.

Lock your bike

Prevent your bike from being stolen. Do the following:

  1. Register your bike with the City of Winnipeg’s Bicycle Recovery Section.
    • Go to the Online Bike Registry.
    • Type the bike’s serial number and your credit card information.
    • Upload three photos of your bike.
    • Pay $6.70 (2019, includes GST).
  2. Lock it well – Use a U-lock and a cable lock. Use them both whenever possible. Lock your bike on a stable object. Avoid locking your bike on a tree, aluminum or wooden posts, or chain link fences. Lock the bike frame, not the wheel.
  3. Secure it – Don’t leave your bike lying around in your backyard, open garage or anywhere where it will be easy to grab. Use a secure bike parking facility, racks along storefronts, or any area covered by a CCTV camera when away from home. Choose a busy area where there are other bikes parked and locked.
  4. Report it –Report it to the police if your bike is stolen.

Give the bike’s serial number, model, color, unique markings or engravings. Show them if you have a photograph of the bike. This will help the police find your bike.

 
Sources: Bike Safely, MPI; Stolen Bicycles, Winnipeg Police Service; and ‘Lock it or lose it: Winnipeg Police offer tips to cyclists’, CBC News Accessed May 28, 2019.

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