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Be Safe Be Seen

Be Safe Be Seen

Updated 15 July 2021 1:11pm

Brighten up when you're getting about at night

Using good bike lights and wearing reflective material after dark will help you to be safe and be seen.

Applying reflective tape to your backpack, helmet or bike is a simple and effective way to increase your visibility when the days are shorter.

Contact your local council to get hold of these items. Available while stocks last.


The law requires cyclists to use front and rear lights during the hours of darkness and lights have to be visible from a distance of 200 metres. You can find out more about the rules in the NZ Code for Cyclists.

We recommend two lights front and two lights rear, one steady and one flashing in each direction. Please take care not to blind other people with your headlight, particularly on shared paths.

Snazz up your side-on visibility

Most accidents occur during turning manoeuvres – being seen by vehicles turning across your path is vital.

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.

Get your free kit 

Pick up your free kit to brighten up your walk, scoot or ride today – while stocks last!

Wairarapa - pop into one of Wairarapa’s township libraries in Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston between 10-4 Monday – Friday.

Kapiti Coast - pop into one of the Kāpiti Coast District Council Service Centres at 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu or the Waikanae and Otaki libraries between 9-5 Monday – Friday.

Upper Hutt - call in to the Upper Hutt City Council reception between 9-4 Monday – Friday.

Porirua - pop into Porirua City Council office, Cobham Court 9-4 Monday – Friday.

Lower Hutt - pop into any Hutt City library to pick up your pack.

Wellington City - pop into WCC Arapaki Service Centre on Manners Street to pick up your pack.