Be visible. Be seen.
With the return to standard time from daylight savings time on Sunday, November 6, 2016, York Region is reminding pedestrians and cyclists to increase their visibility and motorists to be more alert to their surroundings.
Shorter daylight hours, changing weather and reduced visibility can result in significant safety issues.
Did you know, from half hour before sunset to half hour after sunrise, you must have a front white light and either a rear red reflector or rear red light. You also need to have a light on your bike when it’s dark due to rain, fog, or snow.
Without a light, you become invisible at night. With lights, reflectors, reflective tape, and bright clothing, you can be seen again.
Fines for riding without lights in Ontario have recently increased from $20 to $110.
Ontario Highway Traffic Act requires that all cyclists have proper lighting when riding in the dark
- A white light at the front
- Either a red light or reflector at the rear
- There is a $110 fine for riding without lights in Ontario
Tips for Being Seen at Night
- Use a flashing red LED rear light; it is more visible than a steady red light
- Wear light coloured clothing
- Wear a safety vest or jacket with reflective material
- Use a front headlight
- Use spoke & pedal reflectors on your bike
- Wear a strobe light on your arm
To increase road safety:
- Avoid distractions and be more aware of pedestrians and cyclists
- Slow down during dangerous weather conditions and poor visibility
- Ensure windshield wiper fluid is full and wipers are functioning properly
- Make sure headlights are on when daylight is fading and at night
To increase safety:
- Avoid wearing dark clothing at night
- Wear reflective items or clothing and walk with a flashlight to make themselves more visible to motorists
- Cross streets at designated cross walks or intersections
- Avoid distractions and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street
Watch more videos and read up on tips from the Motorists/Pedestrians Safety Campaign that emphasizes shared responsibility between motorists and pedestrians to ensure the safety of all road users.