All kinds of lighting and reflective
devices can increase your visibility
while cycling, such as reflective clothing,
lights, bicycle attachments and flags.
United Cycle in Edmonton recommends
10 watts as a good starting point and
using a white light because it’s brighter
than yellow or coloured lights.
Your bike’s lighting also depends on
your type of riding.
For cycling commuters, the Serfas
CP 600 Combo Light has a white front
light and red rear light, both of which
can be set to steady, flash and rolling
If you’re a backcountry blazer,
United Cycle recommends a headlight
to illuminate your line of sight and
a handlebar light to help you avoid
hazards. For serious cyclists, the battery-
powered Serfas True 1500 has up to
2.5 hours of runtime.
For urban pathway riders, the Nite Ize
LED sport vest allows cyclists to be
easily and instantly seen thanks to
illuminated flexible polymer strips that
glow or flash.
Cyclists often forget that being
visible, both day and night, is vital to
their safety. Early morning, evening
and especially late night cycling require
cyclists to take extra precautions.
Nighttime cycling increases the chance
of an injury incident. To avoid this,
Jerry Pawluk, a driver safety education
specialist with Alberta Transportation,
says, “Equip the bicycle with at least one
headlamp but not more than two, one red
tail lamp, and at least one red reflector
mounted on the rear of the bicycle and
To keep your child safe, cycling during
daylight hours is best. “Young children
do not have the skills or experience
to ride safely on roads at night,” says
Roxanne LeBlanc, injury prevention
coordinator, Alberta Health Services.
For more cycling safety information,
transportation.alberta.ca or saferoads.com.