Don’t be surprised if we stop you for riding your bike without a helmet
2022-04-17 11:31 PDT
As summer approaches, cyclists are once again taking to the streets in bigger numbers. We're letting the community know that officers will be out making sure cyclists are following the rules of the road, wearing helmets, and equipped with the proper lights at night.
Did you know?
The BC Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations state operators of cycles have the same rights and duties as a driver of a motor vehicle. This includes things such as stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic lights, stopping at crosswalks, and staying on the right hand portion of the road way.
Can you get a red light ticket as a cyclist? You bet, and the fine is the same as it is for drivers: $167. Failing to stop at stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and disobeying traffic control devices are all ticketable offences whether you're behind the wheel or astride the saddle.
Wearing an approved helmet is also mandatory, unless you have an exemption.
The above photo shows that wearing a helmet:
- Reduces the risk of serious head injury by 60%
- Reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury by 53%
- Reduces the risk of fatality or serious injury by 34%
- Reduces the risk of facial injury by 23%
There's no question that helmets save lives. A proper fitting helmet should be:
- Snug: It does not slide from side-to-side or front-to-back.
- Level: It should sit on top of the head, covering the top of the forehead and not tilt in any direction.
- Stable: A chinstrap keeps the helmet from rocking. Replace a chinstrap is any part of the buckle breaks.
Helmet fines include:
- Fail to wear helmet: $29 (issued to riders 16 years and older)
- Permit cycling without helmet: $29 (issued to parent or guardian of rider 15 years and under)
If you plan to hit the road after dark, make sure you know the rules about lights and reflectors. Cyclists riding at night must have the following on their bikes:
- White headlight (solid or flashing) at front
- Red light (solid or flashing) OR red reflector at rear
The fine for riding without proper lights or a reflector is $109.
While these are the minimum requirements for riding at night, if you want to increase your safety, follow these additional guidelines:
- Light yourself up - the more lights the better!
- The more reflectors the better
- Wear high-visibility colours
- No headphones! You need your ears more than ever when it’s dark
Patrol and traffic officers will be out in force both day and night, looking to enforce bicycle helmet laws and ensure cyclists are visible, following the rules, and staying safe.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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