Turn the lights on after dark, police remind Calgary cyclists
Tickets for not having the proper lights and reflectors could be up to $120
Though the cycle track network in Calgary has made cycling safer for those in the city, it's still essential — and mandatory — to have the proper lights and reflectors.
Calgary police Sgt. Dean Vegso says the majority of cyclists he sees have the proper equipment.
"Culturally, as we change, it's in a positive way. When I do see bicyclists on the road, they have the proper gear, the proper lights," he says. "More so now than ever, people on bicycles are more aware of it, especially as the city builds those bicycle lanes."
Cyclists in Calgary are required to have a white light at the front but no more than two white front lights, a red light at the back, and at least one red reflector on the rear of the bicycle.
Vegso cautions you can still get a ticket for riding without the proper gear.
"Offences when it comes to equipment is anywhere from $80 to around $120," he said.
CBC News took to the streets Wednesday evening to see what cyclists had to say about riding with lights.
As Emilie Petre cruises down 8th Street S.W., she doesn't think it's a big deal to ride at night without lights.
"Look it's OK. On the bike track it's OK," Petre said.
She said she was working late and forgot her lights at home.
Cyclist Kristyna Dubna knows it's wrong, but still does it.
"I'm being very silly and I'm in a rush and it's silly, yes I know I should have lights and a helmet," Dubna said.
By law, cyclists aged 18 and younger are required to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
Rodney Smith says he always has his lights and wouldn't ride without them.
"Cyclists should be looking out for themselves," Smith said. "Absolutely you need lights on."
Police say they don't have data showing that collisions with cyclists are on the rise, so they are more concerned with things like distracted and impaired driving.
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With files from Natasha Frakes