Cycling is affordable, fun and a great way to stay fit and healthy - as well as a convenient means of getting around. And the more people who cycle, the fewer vehicles on our roads. The fewer vehicles, the less harmful gases get emitted as well as less traffic noise and pollution.
Every time you ride, you have an opportunity to contribute to a cycle friendly culture. It is important to ride with courtesy and respect for all other cyclists and motorists. Make sure you are visible at all times and clearly show your intentions. Thank other road users when you can. For example, let them know you are happy they waited for you by waving, smiling, or giving them a ‘thumbs up’. This will make sharing the road easier for everyone.
An important thing to remember is, that as a road user, you must follow the road rules and you must also wear an approved safety helmet.
Cycling requires a certain amount of skill and confidence.
Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when sharing the road.
We have some resources that can help build your cycling confidence, skills and knowledge:
Before cycling on the road you must know the road rules. They apply cyclists as well as those using motor vehicles. The rules help prevent crashes and reduce risk of injury.
Learn more about the rules you need to follow in The official New Zealand code for cyclists.
Wearing an approved safety helmet dramatically reduces the risk of a skull fracture if your head hits an object or the road, which is why the law requires you to wear one. A helmet also reduces your chance of getting concussion and protects your head from cuts and scrapes.
Your cycle helmet must:
Learn more about cycle helmets and use in The official New Zealand code for cyclists.
There is a range of low-powered devices that New Zealanders use for travel or recreation. While these vehicles and devices offer the benefit of increased mobility, they can also increase your safety risks on and around the road. Find out more about low-powered vehicles and the requirements that apply.
Cycling to work is a great way to fit exercise into a busy day as well as saving you money and being kinder on the environment. Most people can cycle a 5–8km trip in 30 minutes. Too far to cycle? You may be able to combine cycling as one part of your commute. Alternatively power assisted cycles are becoming popular and have the ability to extend the trip.