Cycle Safety

16 May 2011

Now it's getting dark early, many cyclists are putting themselves at risk by biking without lights or reflective gear.

Cyclists should make sure they've got all the right gear to be safe this winter

Cyclists should make sure they've got all the right gear to be safe this winter

Throughout May, Council staff and police will be out talking to cyclists as part of our annual safety campaign. If you're not visible enough, we'll stop you and give you a discount voucher to buy reflective gear and lights from a range of Wellington stores. We'll also give you a set of temporary lights to get home safely.

Discount Voucher (166Kb PDF)

The Council's Transport Safety Education Coordinator, Anna Blomquist, says these checks aren't intended to alarm.

"We want to encourage the city's cyclists to be brighter and therefore safer. Cyclists are less likely to be hit if they can be clearly seen by other traffic.

"Even during the day, cyclists should wear reflective gear if it's gloomy and turn their lights on. They should also remember to check their batteries regularly and make sure the lights can be seen from 100 metres away."

Police and Council staff will be checking whether cyclists comply with the Road Code. To brush up on cycle rules and safety, go to:

The Official NZ Road Code - NZ Transport Agency