Cycling is affordable, fun and a great way to stay fit and healthy. It's important to remember that as a road user you must follow the road rules, and wear an approved safety helmet.
Cycling requires a certain amount of skill. If you’re not experienced at riding in traffic, take the time to build your confidence on quieter roads.
Practice your skills and plan your route to make use of cycle lanes or streets with less traffic and speeds of under 50 kilometres per hour. If possible, find an experienced cycling friend or colleague to ride with.
We have some resources to help build your cycling confidence and skills:
The official New Zealand code for cyclists(external link) – a user-friendly guide to New Zealand's traffic law as it relates to cyclists. It also includes lots of useful information on safe cycling practices.
Cycling is great fun and an excellent way to get around. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when sharing the road.
Shared lane markings (called sharrows) indicate the safest place to bike on the road. They are often used on roads without dedicated cycle lanes, to help people cycling and driving share the space.
Sharrows are a common feature in the new cycleways. More information on how to use a cycleway.