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Cycle Skills

Programme outcome

The cycle skills training programme aims to help ensure New Zealanders are confident and capable cyclists.  A nation of confident and capable cyclist will:

  • ride their cycles safely.
  • help contribute to a well-functioning transport system which adapts to the way people live, work and play.
  • lead to more people cycling for transport and recreation.
  • promote health and activity.
  • make cyclist safer drivers.

Grade 1 core skills (beginner)
3-5 training hours in total

  • Bike check
  • Helmet check
  • Legal requirements and safety equipment for bikes
  • Getting on and off the bike
  • Start and pedal without help
  • Stop quickly with control
  • Steer the bike and manoeuvre safely to avoid objects
  • Look behind
  • Hand signals – stop, right and left (3 seconds with control)
  • Understanding gears (extra)

Grade 2 Core skills (Intermediate)
7-8 Training Hours in Total

  • Passed grade 1 core skills
  • Road signs and Road rules
  • Start from side of road (kerb)
  • Stop on side of road (kerb)
  • Ride along the road
  • Pass parked or slower moving vehicles
  • Turn left at a controlled and uncontrolled intersection
  • Turn right at a controlled and uncontrolled intersection
  • Travel straight through a controlled and uncontrolled intersection