Cycle safety

Cycling is affordable, fun and a great way to stay fit and healthy. It's important to remember that as a road user you must follow the road rules, and wear an approved safety helmet.

Group of people cycling along a 2 way cycleway near hagley park

Cycling smart

Cycling requires a certain amount of skill. If you’re not experienced at riding in traffic, take the time to build your confidence on quieter roads.

Practice your skills and plan your route to make use of cycle lanes or streets with less traffic and speeds of under 50 kilometres per hour. If possible, find an experienced cycling friend or colleague to ride with.

We have some resources to help build your cycling confidence and skills:

Sharing the road

Cycling is great fun and an excellent way to get around. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when sharing the road.

  • Be seen – wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing and use lights. 
  • Be aware – watch for car doors opening, potholes, rubbish, grates, and pedestrians. Always check for left-turning vehicles.  
  • Be predictable – make eye contact with other road users. Maintain a straight line and don’t pass on the left-hand side.  Be confident. Use hand signals and a bell. Ride at least one metre from parked cars. Use the cycle or traffic lane. 
  • Be safe – follow the road rules and choose the safest route.  
  • Be patient – slow down near parked or lined-up vehicles. Pass slowly and only when safe.
  • Be prepared – wear an approved helmet and check your bike's brakes, tyres, chain, lights and reflectors regularly .

Shared lane markings

sharrow road markings

Shared lane markings (called sharrows) indicate the safest place to bike on the road. They are often used on roads without dedicated cycle lanes, to help people cycling and driving share the space.

  • Sharrows direct people cycling to the safest position on a road.
  • They help people on bikes to avoid hazards like car doors opening, or ‘pinch points’ on a road.
  • If you’re driving,  sharrows are a prompt for where you can expect people to be cycling.

Sharrows are a common feature in the new cycleways. More information on how to use a cycleway.


Beginner cycling guide

Everything you need to know to get started on your bike!

Cycle Safe programme

Cycle Safe is a cycle skills education programme for schools.

How to use a cycleway

Learn all about using cycleways.

Safety reminders

Cycling safety information and campaigns.