Cycling requires a certain amount of skill.
If you’re new to riding a bike, or haven't biked in years, it's a good idea to learn the basic cycling skills(external link) needed for riding safely in the community. You can practice in your driveway or a local park with no cars around.
If you’re not experienced at riding in traffic, take some time to practice your skills and build your confidence on quieter roads or one of Christchurch's cycleways.
The best route to ride is often different from the route you'd drive. Plan your route to make use of cycleways, shortcuts through parks, and neighbourhood streets with less traffic and lower speeds.
If you’re unsure about your best route, test-ride it when you have plenty of time. If possible, find an experienced cycling friend or colleague to ride with.