Auckland Transport

Commute as a
community.

cyclist driver

Cycling can be a great way to travel all year round. However, with wet weather and reduced daylight hours, visibility is extra important. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you and your bike are prepared for riding this winter. Check out our cycle safety tips below and cycle training courses and commute as a community this winter!

Have the right
bike lights.

By law, you must have front and rear lights on your bike at night or in low light conditions, but be careful not to set up your lights in a way that dazzles or endangers other road users. You’ll also need a red rear reflector. More information is available in the official NZ Code for Cyclists.

cyclist

THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
AND CLOTHING

  • Wear something bright or colourful.
  • Reflective strips on clothing or backpacks improve your visibility when light is low.
  • Carry or wear a rain jacket, ideally a bright one, but make sure it’s not going to get caught in the chain or other moving parts.
  • Consider fitting mudguards, they can keep you cleaner (and a little dryer) on wet roads.
  • Gloves help you maintain a good grip in cold and wet conditions.

RIDE TO THE
CONDITIONS

  • Ride slower in wet conditions to keep control and watch your following distances.
  • Maintain a good road position and don’t ride in the gutter.
  • Pump the brakes gently when going down hills to avoid skidding. Reduce your speed gradually.
  • Wet surfaces make things slippery. Beware of road markings, manhole covers and leaves – try to avoid braking or turning sharply as you cross them.
  • Pay attention to pedestrians and other road users such as cars and trucks, particularly when it’s wet.

LOOK AFTER
YOUR BIKE

  • Check your tyres, making sure there is good tread for traction in the wet and there are no cuts or glass in them.
  • Keep your bike clean and serviced. Remember to put winter lubricant on your chain.
  • Check your brakes work well as they can wear down quicker in wet and dirty conditions.
  • Store your bike under cover wherever possible.