Learning to ride a bicycle takes lots of practice so you should consider taking a course. Courses vary and cover a range of skills depending on who they are designed for. If you are interested in taking a course, contact your local council, bike club or bike shop to find a local training provider.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), Bike NZ and CAN have recently developed national guidelines for cyclist skills training.
The training is separated into three grades of learning.
If you are a beginner cyclist, learn to cycle in a safe place off the road. Beginners need to learn about their bicycle and how to control it. You should learn to:
Grade 2 cyclists need to learn skills to ride safely in a variety of traffic situations. Practice needs to take place on quiet roads. You should learn to:
Grade 3 cyclists need to learn to ride safely in all traffic situations. Practice in a variety of traffic situations. You should learn to:
If you are interested in more information on the NZTA cyclist skills training programme see: www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ways/bike/index.html.
As you get more proficient you may want to start cycling more and explore the wider range of cycling opportunities on offer. Whether you're interested in cycling for transport, recreation or sport, on or off road, there is a wealth of information and experience available to help you. Ensuring you are better prepared through learning more advanced or specific skills, having a bike and equipment matched to the type of cycling and learning from the experience of other cyclists, will help ensure an enjoyable experience. For further information on cycling, helpful advice, events, finding a local club or cycle shop, go to www.bikenz.org.nz and www.can.org.nz.
Last updated: 24 April 2013