Riding on the road can be as simple as getting out there, but before you do, it's worth brushing up on the road code and give-way rules. Even if you’re a confident driver, learning more about the cycling road code will help you feel more capable on a bike.

Communicating with other road users is an important part of responsible cycling. Learn more about signalling and riding etiquette here.

Look out for these road markings:

  • Sharrows have a funny name, combining share and arrow. They are there to remind people riding bikes to move to the centre of the lane in slower traffic areas, where it's safer to do so. Sharrows also let drivers know to expect people on bikes to be in the lane.
  • Advanced stop boxes (or bike boxes) are the green spaces where people on bikes can stop and wait in front of the traffic at intersections. This makes you more visible to other road users, and you'll be out in front when the lights turn green.
  • Bike lanes and bus lanes Some streets have lanes for bikes only, usually indicated by green road markings. Many of Wellington’s bus lanes can also be used by bikes, unless there are Bus Only signs.


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