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Bicycle Reflectors and Lights

According to the Highway Safety Code, bicycles are required to have the following reflectors at all times:

  • A white reflector in the front
  • A red reflector in the back
  • A yellow reflector on each pedal
  • A reflector attached to the front wheel spokes
  • A reflector attached to the back wheel spokes

In certain unforeseen circumstances, cyclists may have to travel in the dark. The white and red lights may stop working while cycling. Having the mandatory reflectors at all times therefore may represent the only equipment allowing cyclists to be visible.

Infractions and penalties

Not respecting these rules constitutes a violation

Penalties plus applicable fees

Reflectors

All bicycles must have at least:

1 - A white reflector in front

2 - A red reflector in back

3 - A yellow reflector on each pedal

4 - A reflector attached to the front wheel

5 - A reflector attached to the rear wheel  

 

$15

Lights at night

All bicycles must have at least one white headlight in front and one red light in the back. 

 

$15

 

Find out more

According to the report l’État du vélo au Québec en 2010, in evenings in Montréal in October and November 2010, there were counts of nearly one out of four bicycles (22% and 23%) equipped with a white light in the front and a red light in the back.

When considering the BIXI public bikes, one out of three (35% and 30%) was properly equipped.

The counts done in October showed that 10% of bikes had one of the required lights. In November, this figure increased to 21%.


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