Cycling-related rules contained in the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 and the Traffic Control Devices Rule are subject to amendments over time. Following on from recommendations in the Cycling Safety Panel report of late 2014, the NZ Transport Agency developed it’s cycling safety action plan ‘Making Cycling Safer and More Attractive’. This commits to investigation of many rules changes, to be followed by the formal legislation change process, where appropriate. A 3-4 year programme of cycling rules work has been developed, which is split into three packages.
The first package includes minor changes (such allowing vehicles to pass over a flush median while overtaking people cycling, and bicycle lights performance) and will approve the Sharrow road marking. These changes are expected to be passed in late 2016.
The second package will look into intersection-related rules affecting cyclists and rules related to cycling on footpaths. These will be investigated in 2016, with recommendations progressed in 2017.
The third package considers minimum overtaking gaps and safer vehicle technologies (related to heavy vehicles and electric bicycles). Investigation of the options for changes in these areas will take place in the 2016/17, and recommendations progressed in 2017/18.
Some rules-related issues will be addressed through non-regulatory solutions (such as clarification in the road code).