Road rule changes allow indicators on bikes
Sticking your hand out into traffic is no longer the only signalling option for cyclists after the Government cleared the way for indicators on bicycles.
New vehicle lighting rules that come into force on April 1 will allow cyclists to attach brake and indicator lights. Until now, a white headlight and a red rear-facing light have been the only lights cyclists were allowed to show. Indicator and brake lights were not specifically banned, but were not included on the list of legal bicycle lighting.
The New Zealand Transport Authority said the changes accommodated advances in technology and brought New Zealand in line with international practice.
Cycling Advocates' Network spokesman Patrick Morgan said it was a sensible move but unlikely to make roads safer for cyclists.
"Our advice to people is that a good clear hand signal to let other people know what you're doing is the best option. Don't just rely on indicators."
Craig Anderson, manager of Penny Farthing Cycles in Courtenay Place, said indicators on a bike were a good idea.
"A lot of people, especially new cyclists or older cyclists, might be a bit reluctant to take their hands off the handlebars to signal, so a switch on their handlebars that they could flick might appeal."
An Auckland company, Bicygnals, sells sets of indicator lights for $119.
Among other changes in the rules, motorists will be allowed to use emergency brake lights which flash briefly under heavy braking.
It will also be mandatory for all light trailers first registered after April 1 next year to be fitted with indicator and stop lamps. Lamps are not required at present if hand signals are visible.