Christchurch is the city of cycling with more people using bikes than in any other city in New Zealand.
Cycling is a great way to explore the city by track, trail or road.
However repairs to infrastructure and ongoing rebuilding around the city can mean some roads are narrower with uneven surfaces which can be dangerous for both cyclists and motorists.
It’s about sharing the road, treating other road users with respect and realising that we are all just trying to get somewhere.
Both cyclists and motorists use roads to get places and both need to follow the road rules.
Road works and infrastructure repairs in Christchurch mean that in many areas our roads are narrow and the road surface damaged.
All motorists and cyclists have a responsibility to have patience and “share the road”.
We are all just “going somewhere” and all want to get there safely.
We encourage you to watch the video below about how cyclists and motorists can safely journey together on our roads.
Some safety reminders:
Don’t assume motorists can always see you in the cycle lane –the cycle lane does not make you invincible – with increased road works and traffic congestion be alert for the unexpected
Take care when merging with traffic – signal your intention to merge where possible
Is your high-visibility clothing still bright and easily seen – it can fade over time so check whether you need to update yours.
Do you know the rules for cyclists – click NZTA to read.
In merging lanes allow room for cyclists to merge and remember the uneven surface can make it dangerous for cyclists
Not all cyclists on the road are experienced – show courtesy where possible
Pay attention around intersections to cyclists coming through on cycle lanes
Let’s all be safe on the roads and look out for each other so we all enjoy the opportunity to get out on our bikes this summer.
Did you know as a cyclist you can use the bus lane during operational times. However, you’ll still need to be aware of other lane users. Remember to check for signs that say when bus lanes are operational. Parking or stopping on the the lanes during operational times is prohibited. Outside operational times, the bus lanes revert to on-street parking with space for cyclists, where indicated.
The 2012 Christchurch City Cycle Maps provide a choice of key cycling routes, using either low-traffic volume streets and off-road paths, or the more direct routes via on-road cycle lanes.
Many tracks and reserves remain closed due to rock fall hazard including sections of the Summit Road. For track updates please click here
Christchurch Cycle Maps
Here are the current maps of Christchurch’s Cycle Lanes. You can preview by clicking on the maps below. For a more detailed look, download the PDF versions. It should be noted that as the central city red zone cordon will change that area of the map may differ from what is actually present.
Central Christchurch Cycle Lane Map PDF – Download
Greater Christchurch Cycle Lane Map PDF - Download