Trail Safety

For safety notes on each specific section please refer to the trail map PDFs.

SAFETY IN THE OUTDOORS

1. Plan your trip
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
 
2. Tell someone
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.  The NZCT recommends that you don’t ride alone, especially if you’re heading into remote areas.

The website below provides 3 simple options which enable you to tell someone all the details about your ride into the outdoors.

www.adventuresmart.org.nz/outdoors-intentions/

3. Be aware of the weather
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable.  Take care in the alpine portions of the trail, and dress accordingly. Always check the forecast before you head off and be prepared for weather changes. Check weather.
 
4. Know your limits
Your responsibility is to enjoy and maximise your riding experience, while reducing and minimising the risk.  Challenge yourself, but ride within your physical limits and ability.  
 
5. Take sufficient supplies
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario.  Take some basic bike tools for any repairs and an appropriate means of communication.
 

SAFETY ON THE ROAD

Following are a few simple tips to help keep you stay safe when you’re out on the road. 

Be Seen - Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing.  Use front and rear lights at night, in low light and in poor visibility such as fog or rain.

Be Aware - Watch and listen for approaching vehicles, pedestrians, potholes, animals, car doors opening and other potential hazards. 

Be Predictable - Make eye contact with other road users.  Maintain a straight line, keep to the left and signal your intentions clearly. 

Be Confident - Know how to safely approach railway crossings, roundabouts and intersections etc.  Use hand signals to indicate your intentions and a bell to alert other road users to your presence.

Be Safe - Ride to the conditions and follow the road rules.  Cycle no more than two abreast and ride single file where visibility is an issue or traffic is busy.  Keep at least one metre away from parked cars and use cycle lanes.

Be Patient - Slow down near parked or lined up vehicles.  Pass slowly and only when safe.   On narrow windy roads, pull over where practical to allow vehicles to pass.

Be Prepared - Wear an approved helmet and check your bike regularly.  Plan your route and carry sufficient water and food, along with basic tools for any repairs.

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