Cycleways are a proven way to improve the health of a city, reduce congestion and reduce the cost of infrastructure, so there are plenty of reasons to try them out.

It takes a while for people to get used to any new infrastructure, so whether you are biking, driving or walking, please take care around the new cycleways.

Things to be aware of when using a cycleway

Driveways

Driveway safetyDrivers must give way to cyclists and pedestrians when entering or leaving a driveway. If possible, drivers should drive forwards out of their driveway.

If a two-way cycleway runs in front of a property, cyclists can be coming from both directions.

Remember to not park on the cycleway.

Two-way shared path or cycleway

Share the spaceStay left if you are walking or riding on a two-way shared path or two-way cycleway.

Greenway with shared lane

Neighbourhood greenway with shared lane marking (Sharrows)Neighbourhood greenways (Sharrows) are sections of cycleway on quieter 30km zone streets.

Sharrows show that the space is to be shared between cyclist and drivers. 

Cyclists should ride towards the middle of the road to avoid opening doors from parked cars and stormwater grates.

In-lane bus stops

Give way to bus boardersIn-lane bus stops require that cyclists stop to give way to passengers getting on and off the bus.

Bus passengers should stand on the footpath rather than the cycleway while waiting for the bus and also check for cyclists before boarding or exiting.

Cycle priority crossings

Cyclist Zebra CrossingsA green strip next to a zebra crossing is a cycle priority crossing which means drivers must give way to cyclists and pedestrians. 

Cyclists need to check before entering the priority crossing that any cars coming are able to stop.

Traffic signals

Look for the cycle lightTake care to follow the designated cyclists traffic signals.

Target the diamonds to trigger the lights

When a bicycle rides over the white diamonds, this triggers the traffic lights at the crossing for cyclists.

Railway crossings

Look for trainsAlways cross at designated crossing points only.

At a controlled crossing, cross only when red signals have stopped flashing, the barriers arms have lifted and the bells have stopped ringing.

If the railway crossing is not controlled, look as far as you can up and down the railway line to check for trains.

Hook turns

Hook turn signHook turns are a safer way for cyclists to turn right at an intersection.

  1. Stay in the cycle lane as you enter the intersection and stop in the green hook turn box.
  2. Wait until the traffic signals on the other side of the road turn green and then cycle across the intersection keeping left.

Hook turns can be done at almost any intersection, including intersections with or without the marked stopping area.