As the days get shorter, more of you will be riding in the dark. Make sure you are visible and know the legal requirements as outlined in the road code. Thanks to the Bike Wise website, here are some key points from the Road Code for cyclists.
When cycling at night or when visibility is poor, cycles must have the following:
- One or more steady or flashing rear-facing red lights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres.
- One or two white or yellow headlights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres. Only one of these headlights may flash.
- Pedal retro-reflectors on the forward and rearward facing surfaces of each pedal. If the cycle does not have these the cyclist must be wearing reflective material.
- A red or yellow rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 100 metres when light shines on it.
- Front lights should be attached to handlebars and pointing slightly down.
Penalties for not being visible:
- The fine for no lights on your bike is $55
- The fine for no tail light on your bike is $55
- The fine for no red reflector or tape is $55
For more information about regulations for cycling, check out the official New Zealand code for cyclists on the NZTA website.
Together with Consumer NZ, the Greater Wellington Regional Council has tested a selection of bike lights (all under $100) and reflective garments for effectiveness. View the full test results here.