What's Get Lit?
Get Lit! is one of our signature campaigns to help people biking get around safely and confidently.
We set up our orange tent in different locations around the city and flag down unlit cyclists as they pass, educating them on the importance of bike lights and providing them with a free set for a safe ride home.
Where & when?
We'll be providing lights on Wednesday evenings from mid-October to the first week of November to unlit cyclists in different locations across the city, and chatting with them on the importance of seeing and being seen at night.
- Wednesday, October 14: 5:30-7:30PM (Thorncliffe Park)
- Wednesday, October 21: 5:30-7:30PM
- Wednesday, October 28: 5:00-7:00PM
- Wednesday, November 4: 5:00-7:00PM
We'll announce locations the day of each event.
Get Lit! tips
As summer turns to fall, shorter daylight hours mean it's more important than ever for people biking to have proper lights and reflective gear on their bicycles. From dusk until dawn it can be difficult to see a person on a bike if they are not properly lit even in well-lit areas.
When should I use bike lights?
The law requires you to use lights from a half hour before dusk until a half hour after dawn. However, many people choose to use lights at all times to increase their visibility on the road.
What colour should my lights be?
Your front light should be white or amber and your rear light should be red.
Where should I point my lights?
Point your lights slightly down so that they illuminate the road in front of and behind you. If your lights are aimed up they make it hard for other people to see.
Should my lights flash?
No evidence identifies solid or flashing lights as being better for visibility. However, you should make sure your lights don’t flash rapidly. Lights that flash more than three times per second can trigger seizures in some people with photosensitive epilepsy.
How bright should my lights be and how do I tell how bright they are?
Even having the cheapest, dimmest lights make you more visible than riding with none at all. You can tell how bright your lights are by the lumens listed on the package. The higher the number the brighter it is, but keep in mind that very bright lights can make it harder for other people to see. If you regularly ride on unlit trails, opt for a light with a higher lumen count, as there may not be any overhead lights or ambient lights from nearby buildings.
What about reflectors?
Reflective strips are legally required for your bike: white strips should be placed on your front fork and red strips on your seat stays in the rear.
Using only a red reflector instead of a light for your rear is legal but a working red light is highly recommended. Reflective material is great for making you more visible, but it isn’t an equal replacement for lights.
For more information to help make riding more often easier check out cycling resources.
Supporters and partners
Our Street Smarts educational initiatives are funded by generous individuals and supported by our longtime partner CultureLink Settlement Services.
Cycle Toronto’s 2020 Get Lit! campaign is supported by Lead Partner City of Toronto and Vision Zero.