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Confident Cycling

With an increase in the number of people choosing to cycle to get around, awareness, respect and courtesy are key behaviours that will help people get where they’re going safely.

Here are a few general tips to help things go smoothly:

Ride in control

  • Control your speed so you can react quickly if needed.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times including behind you, and be especially alert when travelling through road works.

  • Make extra checks around intersections where people driving may turn across cycle lanes.

  • When riding through queues of stationary or slow-moving cars, scan ahead for gaps in the queue where turning vehicles may unexpectedly cut across your path.

Be seen and heard

  • During the change of seasons, be prepared with working lights on your bicycle so you can be seen.

  • Bike lights in flashing mode are more noticeable and use less battery power.

  • Reflectors, reflective strips, reflective bag covers and reflective ankle bands can help you be more visible.

  • Ring your bell when approaching others you plan to pass others on bikes, and people walking.

Communicate with others

  • Be predictable. Use clear hand signals to let other road users know your intentions.

  • Make eye contact with other road users to help you both be sure that you’ve seen each other.

  • Thank other road users when you can. Let them know you appreciate that they waited for you by waving, smiling or giving a thumbs up.

  • Positive interactions help build a considerate and safe road culture, and make travelling on our roads more pleasant for everyone.

Helpful Resources

Official New Zealand Code for Cyclists

Safety Tips for Cyclists and Truck and Bus Drivers

Cycle Safe Schools Programme

 

Content courtesy of Christchurch City Council

Share the road.

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