Be safe be seen
High visibility is your best bet for safe cycling, running and walking in low light conditions.
Wear bright clothing during the daytime hours and reflective material after dark.
Applying reflective tape to your backpack, ankles, helmet or bike is a simple and effective way to increase your visibility when the days are shorter.
To get some reflective tape, pop into our reception at 142 Wakefield Street or send a stamped self addressed envelope to:
Sustainable Transport Team
Greater Wellington Regional Council
PO Box 11646
The law requires cyclists to use front and rear lights during the hours of darkness. You may use two front lights, one steady and one flashing. We recommend one on your handlebars and one on your helmet. The motion of the helmet mounted light will attract the attention of drivers coming out of driveways and side streets. BUT not all lights are created equally.
Greater Wellington and Consumer NZ tested a selection of 82 lights (all under $100) using a Sekonic Illuminometer.
We also checked out 15 reflective garments to see how effective they are at getting drivers' attention. The brighter the lights of the approaching vehicle, the brighter the reflector should look to the driver.
See the full test results on the right.
Most accidents occur during turning manoeuvres – being seen by vehicles turning across your path is vital, so we tested the lights from 0 to 45 degree angles.
If you do not have pedal reflectors, you must wear reflective material when riding at night. Increase your side-on visibility with reflectors or lights on your spokes, and tyres with reflective side walls.