The road rules are designed to help reduce road danger by ensuring consistent, courteous behaviour between everyone who uses roads and paths. This code for cycling complements the road code – it’s a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law with a focus on the right thing to do when riding a bike.
This code is designed for people riding all sorts of bikes including e-bikes. Riders of tricycles, push scooters, e-scooters, skates, skateboards and other similar ways of getting around, will also find it useful.
How to use this code
This code explains cycling-related rules in plain English. In some places this means simplifying complex rules to give clear instructions. We use ‘must’ to describe a rule. We use ‘should’ to give advice, or we give the advice as a direct instruction.
For precise wording, refer to the various acts, regulations and rules that apply.
Road user rules(external link)
Cycling code - PDF [PDF, 5 MB]
Ko te puka tikanga o Aotearoa mō te eke paihikara - PDF [PDF, 5.8 MB]