Auckland Transport

Motorcycle safety

Auckland's roads are changing for motorcyclists. Whether you are new to riding, or an experienced rider, we are working to help keep you safe.


Statistics and safety awareness  

There are an increasingly high number of motorcycle crashes across the Auckland region. 37 people died and 393 were seriously injured as a result of motorcycle crashes in the Auckland region between 2012 and 2016. The most common crash factors were poor observation and failed to give way/stop.

We are committed to helping reduce the number of death and serious injury (DSI) crashes involving motorcyclists by making training options available as well as through motorcycle education campaigns and programmes.

The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or injured in road crashes is 21 times higher than for car drivers over the same distance travelled*. Riding a motorcycle requires a different set of skills and a higher level of vehicle control than driving a car. The potential outcomes of any crash, whether caused by the rider, other road users, the road environment or the vehicle itself, are more severe for motorcyclists. 

AT is working in partnership with ACC to deliver marketing campaigns this spring and summer to raise awareness about motorcycle safety and to promote the Ride Forever Training Courses to encourage riders to upskill. Our first motorcycle safety awareness campaign goes live in October 2017 with the purpose being to encourage drivers to be aware of motorcycle riders based on the key message of ‘Look twice to see motorcycles’.

*Download the data source: Ministry of Transport, 2015 (PDF 756KB) 

ACC Look Twice ssafety campaign


Using bus and transit lanes safely

Motorcycles are allowed where there are signs saying “Bus Lane” or “Transit Lane” (e.g. T2, T3. They are not allowed where there is a “Bus Only” sign.

Crashes tend to happen when motorcycles are going faster than other traffic because the bus lane is clear.

Be extra careful at driveways and intersections where cars are waved through a queue by another driver.

'B' traffic lights

If the rider of a cycle, moped, or motorcycle is lawfully using a bus lane, while a white 'B' signal is displayed, they can:

  • travel straight ahead or turn right or turn left; or, 
  • turn right or turn left even though a traffic signal is displaying a red signal in the form of a disc.

Find out more on New Zealand Legislation website.

At intersections

Many crashes happen when a driver does not see a motorcyclist, especially at intersections. Here are some helpful hints and tips:

  • Continuously scan ahead for traffic.
  • Always ensure that traffic waiting to turn at the intersection ahead can clearly see you. Be aware that you and your motorcycle might be in the blind spot generated by the vehicle in front.
  • When approaching intersections, you need to be clearly visible to all turning traffic at all times. You may need to adjust your approach position, depending on whether traffic is waiting to turn from the left or the right.

Rider skills training

Brush up on your riding skills for summer with 8 hours of Ride Forever motorcycle training from $20. You’ll cover the key motorcycle control skills of positioning, speed management, progression, stability, and much more.

From learning how to keep yourself safe on the daily commute to honing the most advanced riding techniques, there’s a Ride Forever course to suit your needs. 

Register for Ride Forever training


Motorcycle safety gear

Protective gear is a must for every ride. The essential items are:

  • Helmet - by law, you must wear a helmet to protect yourself from head injury.
  • Boots and gloves – to prevent breakages and abrasion.
  • Jacket or leathers – one- or two-piece suits to protect against abrasions.

Motorcycle shops can offer advice on what is right for you. Or find out more about choosing the right gear on the Ride Forever website.

High visibility gear is becoming standard for riders and is easily available. Bright clothing, backpacks and bikes can also improve visibility to car drivers. 

Get a free high visibility vest from AT


Report a problem on Auckland roads

Please inform us of any maintenance required, such as reporting a pothole or loose gravel. Ask for improvements to make your motorcycle ride safer. 


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport