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Code for cycling

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]