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Biking in our towns and cities

This brochure takes you through some useful skills for riding your bike in towns and cities. For information on cycling-related rules in plain English, please refer to the Code for cycling.

Code for cycling 

Tips for cycling in our towns and cities brochure

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 aware – watch for car doors opening, potholes, rubbish, grates, and pedestrians. Always check for left turning vehicles.
  • Be predictable –  maintain a straight line, use hand signals and a bell.  
  • Be seen– make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians, ride at least one metre out from parked cars, and take the lane when appropriate. 
  • Be safe – follow the road rules and choose the safest route.
  • Be bright – at night, use lights front and rear, and wear reflective items. You can find out the legal requirements for you and your bike in the Code for cyling.
  • Be patient – slow down near parked or lined up vehicles,  pass slowly and only when safe. On shared paths, slow down and use one ring of your bell to warn pedestrians before you pass, cycle with courtesy.  
  • Be prepared – wear an approved helmet and check your bike regularly, including brakes, tyres, chain, lights, and reflectors.

Cycling safety resources

Check out these safety tips for cycling.

Follow the seven point safety check for bikes and helmets before you get on your 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 buyer’s guide to help you make an informed decision.