Every day more people are discovering the benefits of cycling. That's no surprise. Cycling is often quicker, more fun, and healthier than driving for short to medium distances.
For those commuting or making more trips by bike we have a range of courses and resources tailored to your needs. Visit Pedal Ready for more information.
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.
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.
Whether you’re a beginner, an e-biker or an experienced rider, there are rides for all levels around the region. From scenic rides along the coast or on quiet country roads, to river trails or mountain biking in one of our many parks. The Wellington region is a great place to explore by bike and there are lots of great cycling events!
Riding to work can be a great way to start the day – check out these commuting tips from CAN and give it a go! It’s a great idea to practise your route during quiet times such as school holidays, and ask a more experienced rider for tips. Check the cycle maps below to help plan your route.
Cycling to school can have many benefits for children. It can improve road safety, decision making and risk assessment skills as well as increasing general health and wellbeing. Here are some great tips for students and their families. (PDF 944 KB)
There’s a growing movement of parents riding with their children around Wellington. Whether you have a specialised cargobike or an extra seat on your bike, it’s a great way to beat the school traffic, and enjoy quality time with your kids. For more information on how to get started, check out the Pedal Ready website.
The Wellington region has some great places for riding both on and off road. Whether it’s café and beach hopping along a coastal road, touring country vineyards or taking the scenic route along a river trail, you’ll find something to suit you.
You can pick up printed cycle maps from i-SITEs and bike shops around the Greater Wellington region or download them below. You can also request a copy by mail or provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bikes can be carried free of charge on trains during off peak periods. During the peak, there is no charge for bike carriage, however, services which permit the carriage of bikes are limited. Folding bikes can be carried on trains and buses. Again, during the peak commuter period, spaces may be limited. See the full conditions of carriage.
If you want to find out more about getting started with bikes and public transport you’ll find all you need to know on the Metlink website.
Bike racks on buses
As new buses are added to the network, more and more buses have bike racks available. The entire bus network is expected to have bike rack fitted by the end of 2021.
Bike parking at stations
Bike parking makes passenger transport a more convenient commuter option and reduces the need for car parks. Greater Wellington provides cycle lockers, cones and racks at many railway stations. Cycle parking facilities are also regularly reviewed and upgraded. Check out the full list of the bike parking spaces at railway stations.
Our concise guide on how to stay safe and make the most of your bike. Let’s Ride has tips on setting yourself up, planning a ride, and riding in traffic. It breaks down what those ‘Bus only’ signs really mean and what to watch out for around heavy vehicles.
Getting ready to ride? Want to make the journey to work more comfortable? Brush up on your cycle skills at one of Pedal Ready's free Cycling in the City training session. Pedal Ready also provides training at schools and workplaces, private individual or group lessons, and training about e-bikes.
BikeReady is New Zealand’s national cycling education system.
The official New Zealand code for cyclists is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe cycling practices.
BikeThere is a Wellington City Council website that aims to support people who want to ride their bike in Wellington.
Cycle Wellington advocates for better biking in Wellington and organises a Facebook community where you can ask questions about cycling.
Consumer NZ has published guides to help you choose the right lock, and e-bike.
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