Cycleways are a proven way to improve the health of a city, reduce congestion and reduce the cost of infrastructure. So whether you are biking, driving or walking, please take care around the new cycleways.

Things to be aware of when using a cycleway

Hook turns

Hook turns are a safer way for cyclists to turn right at an intersection.

  1. Stay in the cycle lane as you enter the intersection and stop in the green hook turn box.
  2. Wait until the traffic signals on the other side of the road turn green and then cycle across the intersection keeping left.

Hook turns can be done at almost any intersection, including intersections with or without the marked stopping area.

Greenway with shared lane

Neighbourhood greenways are sections of cycle way on quieter 30km streets. Many greenways have sharrow markings.

Sharrows show that the space is to be shared between people on bikes and in cars. 

Cyclists should ride towards the middle of the road to avoid opening doors from parked cars and stormwater grates.

Cycle priority crossings

Green-painted cycle priority crossings, and paired cycle priority and pedestrian crossings mean that drivers must give way to people on bikes.

Cyclists need to check before entering the priority crossing that any drivers coming have seen them and are able to stop.


Driveway safetyDrivers must give way to cyclists and pedestrians when entering or leaving a driveway. If possible, drivers should drive forwards out of their driveway.

If a two-way cycle way runs in front of a property, cyclists can be coming from both directions.

Remember to not park on the cycle way.

Two-way shared path or cycle way

Share the spaceStay left if you are walking or riding on a two-way shared path or two-way cycle way.

In-lane bus stops

Give way to bus boardersIn-lane bus stops require that cyclists stop to give way to passengers getting on and off the bus.

Bus passengers should stand on the footpath rather than the cycle way while waiting for the bus and also check for cyclists before boarding or exiting.

Traffic signals

Look for the cycle lightTake care to follow the designated cyclists traffic signals.

Target the diamonds to trigger the lights

When a bicycle rides over the white diamonds, this triggers the traffic lights at the crossing for cyclists.

Railway crossings

Look for trainsAlways cross at designated crossing points only.

At a controlled crossing, cross only when red signals have stopped flashing, the barriers arms have lifted and the bells have stopped ringing.

If the railway crossing is not controlled, look as far as you can up and down the railway line to check for trains.