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Background

Like swimming, cycling is a life skill and we want all Kiwis to have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike for life. As we improve our built environment for people on bikes, and as more people start to cycle, we need to make sure they have the skills and experience required to enjoy the ride. Having the necessary skills and knowledge to use the transport system is one of the pillars of the Safe System approach. It is also part of the NZ Transport Agency’s implementation of the Cycle Safety Action Plan.

The Transport Agency and ACC have partnered in the development of a national cycling education system, to increase the reach of cycling education in New Zealand. The system will improve quality and consistencies based on best practice, and provide a monitoring and evaluation framework so we can assess how effective the system is at improving safety and encouraging more people to ride.   

The new national approach is based on giving people the skills they need at the right time in their life – from learning bike handling skills in primary school through to learning road rules and how to ride on-road when they are ready. Adults who haven’t ridden a bike for a while and want to brush up on their skills will also have opportunities to build their confidence.

You can find out more using the resources below or on the BikeReady website: www.bikeready.govt.nz (external link)

What we’re doing

  • A best-practice, safe cycling system approach to education.
  • An agile model aligned with the school curriculum.
  • An approach that promotes cycling safety skills for all ages and abilities.
  • A system focusing on all road users.
  • A comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system.

The benefits

  • More New Zealanders develop safe road skills early in life.
  • More New Zealanders cycling.
  • More empathy on our roads.
  • Helps our kids get more active and kickstart healthier lifestyles.
  • One component in increasing active transport to school, reducing school gate congestion.

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