Cycle Safety

Sharing the Road

Cycling is great fun and an excellent way to get around. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when sharing the road.

  • Be Seen - Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing and use lights. 
  • Be Aware - Watch for car doors opening, potholes, rubbish, grates, and pedestrians. Always check for left turning vehicles.  
  • Be Predictable - Make eye contact with other road users. Maintain a straight line and don’t pass on the left hand side.  
  • Be Confident - Use hand signals and a bell. Ride at least one metre from parked cars. Use the cycle or traffic lane. 
  • Be Safe - Follow the road rules and choose the safest route.  
  • Be Patient - Slow down near parked or lined up vehicles. Pass slowly and only when safe.
  • Be Prepared - Wear an approved helmet and check your bike regularly - brakes, tyres, chain, lights, reflectors.

Check out these safety tips for cycling on urban and rural roads.

  Safety tips on urban roads flyer (PDF, 647 KB)

  Safety tips on rural roads flyer (PDF, 629 KB)


Safe cycling for children

The safe riding tips factsheet gives you all the info you need to help your children stay safe on their bikes.

  Safe riding tips factsheet (PDF, 995 KB)


Road Code and rules

Before cycling on the road you must know the road rules. They apply to cyclists as well as those using motor vehicles. The rules help to prevent crashes and reduce risk of injury.

The official New Zealand code for cyclists is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe cycling practices. We recommend you read the Cyclist Road Code or a summary of the road code for cyclists can be found here.

For more information about equipment and behaviour rules go to the NZ Transport Agency website.


Bike and helmet safety

Check out the Bike Wise pocket pamphet which has a seven point safety check for bikes and helmets. Click here to read more.


Buying a new or second hand bike? 

Choosing a bike and helmet, getting the sizes right and making sure both are in tip top condition are essential to staying safe when you cycle. Use the Bike Wise bike buyer’s guide to help you make an informed decision.