What are the Rules for Cyclists?
The rules for cyclists mirror those for the drivers of other vehicles. Cyclists should keep to the left and indicate turns and stopping maneuvers as should the drivers of all vehicles. Many New Zealand roads have dedicated cycle lanes on the extreme left of the road and cyclists are expected to ride in these lanes.
Bicycles are not permitted on motorways. Cyclists must wear a helmet at all times and all bicycles used at night should have lights.
Flouro and reflective strips on the rider’s clothing are highly recommended.
It should be noted that New Zealand is becoming a favourite for cyclists, local and visiting, and a great many visitors are now either bringing their own cycles with them or hiring from the great many outlets here.
One of the reasons for this popularity is the rapidly growing network of cycleways, which is being created through a proposal by the Prime Minister, John Key. The National Cycleway project was initially conceived to create a dedicated cycling route that stretched from Kaitaia in the far north of the North Island, to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. While the project is far from completion, the existing individual routes are eventually to be connected into a New Zealand-wide network.
Amongst the wonderful off-road cycleways already operating, is one of the most popular, the 150km Otago Central Rail Trail through the historic Central Otago goldfields.
For mountain bike enthusiasts, there are literally dozens of trails throughout the country, ranging from docile family rides to extreme trails for the really adventurous mountain biker.
Cycle tours are popular and there are many companies offering guided and self-guided tours and bicycle rentals.