Be Bright - put lights on your bike

At dusk and dawn, in rain and low light, make sure you’re high vis and have lights on your bike! 

Be Bright tips and rules for cyclists

When considering cycle lights it is important to be mindful that:

  • Front lights should be attached to handlebars and pointing slightly down.
  • Your lights can be a hazard if used incorrectly. You must not use vehicle lighting equipment in such a way that it dazzles, confuses, or distracts so as to endanger the safety of other road users.
  • Correct use of cycle lighting will make your cycling experience safer and more enjoyable, while ensuring other road users are not at risk. 
  • Together with Consumer NZ, the Greater Wellington Regional Council has tested a selection of bike lights (all under $100) and reflective garments for effectiveness.   View the full test results here.

The following key points are from the Road Code for cyclists.

  • A red or yellow rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 100 metres when light shines on it. 

When cycling at night or when visibility is poor, cycles must have the following: 

  • One or more steady or flashing rear-facing red lights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres. 
  • One or two white or yellow headlights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres. Only one of these headlights may flash.
  • Pedal retroreflectors on the forward and rearward facing surfaces of each pedal. If the cycle does not have these the cyclist must be wearing reflective material.

Penalties for not being visible:

  • The fine for no lights on your bike is $55
  • The fine for no tail light on your bike is $55
  • The fine for no red reflector or tape is $55

For more information about regulations for cycling, check out the official New Zealand code for cyclists on the NZTA website.