When cycling in New Zealand it is important for riders to be aware of the road rules. This will help keep them safe and also stop them performing any illegal maneuvers. This includes both the equipment that needs to be worn and the behavior that will have to be exhibited while on the road.
There is a variety of equipment that all riders are required to have while on the roads of this nation. This includes cycle helmets which need to be fastened securely and to an approved safety standard. All bikes should be fitted with both reflectors and brakes. When the road is dark the cyclist will need to use lights on their bike.
If a small child is on the bike then they need to be protected from its wheels. Any passengers also riding on it must wear a helmet. This is to protect their heads in the event of an accident.
Cyclist should ride as close to the left of the road as they can. In the event that they disrupt cars they need to move to the side of the road and let traffic pass. Two cyclists are allowed to ride parallel to one another. However they must still follow the last two rules. It is illegal for three or more cyclists to ride parallel.
When multiple bikes are on the road together they need to ride in single file when they pass other vehicles. Hand signals need to be employed to let other people know of your intentions. When riding behind a vehicle a cyclist needs to be able to stop if needed.
Generally speaking a bicycle is not allowed to ride on footpaths. However there are some exceptions to this rule. This includes if the cyclist is delivering mail/ newspapers. It is generally best to know the rules of the local area before taking a bike on these paths.