Cycling Safety

A guide to important road rules and safety tips for cyclists.

New Zealand
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New Zealand
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  • Research your route.
  • Avoid main highways. Cycling is not permitted on motorways.
  • Consider using alternative transport to avoid busy roads.
  • Helmets for cyclists and motorcyclists must be worn at all times.
  • Rear and front lights on cycles are required at night.
  • Wear brightly coloured or reflective clothing when cycling - you'll be easier to see.
  • Ride only on the road (unless you’re delivering newspapers, mail or leaflets, or there is a sign indicating the footpath is a shared pedestrian and cycle path).
  • At intersections follow the rules for motor vehicles, or get off your cycle and walk across.
  • If space allows, you can ride alongside another cyclist or moped. You must not ride alongside a car, truck or other motor vehicle.
  • Ride in single file if passing another vehicle.
  • Give a hand signal at least three seconds before stopping or turning.
  • Only carry a pillion passenger on your cycle if you have a pillion seat and footrest. If you’re carrying a child, make sure the pillion seat protects the child's legs from the wheels.
  • You must not leave a cycle blocking a footpath.
  • Use cycle paths or lanes, where provided.
  • Ride with lights on when it’s dark (from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise) or at other times of poor visibility, eg when it’s foggy.
  • Keep your cycle in good working condition.

New Zealand cycling rules can be found online at the Transport NZ website

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