Riding your bike is a great way to get to and from work and school. It’s healthy, social, fun, economical, and it reduces your personal environmental impact. It is also a great way to avoid the congestion caused and experienced by driving – if your destination is under 5km away chances are you’ll get there faster by bike!
Learn to Ride
If you are new to riding or just want a refresher, keep an eye out for one of our Joyrider training sessions that we run in the summer. Keep an eye on Hello NP to keep up to date with our latest events!
Just bought an e-bike? Head along to Electro or chat to one of our local retailers to learn the in’s and out’s of e-biking and to help you get the best out of your bike!
Let’s Go Cyclist Skills Training is an in-school programme available to all schools to participate in for years 5-8. We also offer Let’s Get Going Cyclist Skills Training, fun skills for under 5’s.
Email the Let’s Go team if you would like some pointers to get out enjoying your bike.
The right gear
Having a bike that is the right size for you is important. One of New Plymouth’s cycle retailers can assist you with this.
Your bike helmet should meet NZ Standards
Bike lights are important if you ride at night, early in the morning, or when the weather is dark. It is important to ensure you can be seen!
Make sure what you are wearing is not too loose around the legs as you don’t want it getting caught or greasy in your bike chain.
Keep your bike in check: check the tyres, wheels, chain, brakes and lights regularly. If you want to get some tips on how to look after your bike yourself head along to the New Plymouth Bike Kitchen, or visit one of our cycle retailers for a tune up.
Where to rideBefore heading out, have a think about where you are riding to and the best route, whether to a destination or for recreation, it can help for a more enjoyable journey. Consider whether you want the most direct route from ‘A to B’ (more likely on-road), or are wanting the more scenic, less trafficked route (think shared pathways).
Check out some off-road options here.
Parking upYou’ll find bike racks all over the city. Use this bikerack map to see where they are. The Bike Pod outside Centre City provides free, secure bike storage in the CBD for commuters. To use the bike pod, fill out a registration form or to find out more email Let's Go
Report broken glassTo ensure our district is cycle friendly, we need to know of hazards like broken glass. Email us to report hazards and remember to include the address or a clear description of where the glass or debris is.
Report a crash or near missInformation about crashes or near-misses helps us and the Police to determine if there are particular areas that are accident prone and if changes need to be made to reduce the risk of accidents (e.g. signage, road surface etc).
All crashes, including near-misses, should be reported to the Police.