To see cycle skills training available to every New Zealander who wishes to ride safely and with confidence on our roads.
Cycle Training Network
- Learning how to cycle properly makes cycling more enjoyable and safer for everyone – children, adults and other road users.
- CAN’s network of professional cycling trainers aims to promote best practice cycle training, based on the New Zealand cycle skills guidelines.
What is cycle skills training?
Whatever your age, ability or background, cycle skills training offers something for everyone – whether you cannot ride a bike at all, are returning to cycling after a break or are a regular cyclist who wants to develop their skills further..
Cycle training works
An evaluation of the Christchurch City Council’s Cycle Safe Programme showed that trained students were significantly more likely to ride their cycles to school after completing training.
Cyclists trained by Cycle Training UK were surveyed on how the training had affected their cycle use. 81% said that they now cycled more often and more confidently.
CAN Bikeability Instructor's Guide
CAN has produced a guide for instructors. It includes lesson plans, road layout diagrams, and how to set up a training course.
NZTA Cyclist Skills Training Guide
Looking for a cycle trainer?
Ask the road safety staff at your local council:
Whangarei: Ruth Jarman and Sport Northland
Auckland: Zane Bray at Auckland Transport, Bike Auckland, Bigfoot Adventures,
Tauranga: Iris Thomas
Whakatane: Cycle Action Whakatane - Richard Hamer
Taupo: Peter Boomen
Hawkes Bay: iWay
Whanganui: Green Bikes Whanganui
Manawatu: Cycle Aware Manawatu
Wellington: Pedal Ready
Nelson: UpCycle, Marty Clark at Way2Go
Cycle Safe Christchurch
Dunedin Rose Dovey
Invercargill: Cycle Skills training via WEA
or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with a trainer in your area.
Join our discussion forum.
1. visit http://can.org.nz
2. select 'new user' at bottom right
3. follow the instructions.
4. tick the box at 'Join Cycle Training Network.'
You don't have to be a CAN member to join the network - although of course I'd recommend it. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
The aim of this forum is to share best practice and discuss issues related to teaching people to ride bikes.
About national guidelines for cycle training
In a project led by New Zealand Transport Agency, national guidelines are being introduced. CAN is on the advisory group.
- Cyclist skills training guide (PDF, 4.8 MB, March 2012) - a guide for the set-up and delivery of cyclist training in New Zealand.
- Cyclist skills training guide summary (PDF, 250 KB)
- Cyclist skills training newsletter - a series of newsletters to update you on progress on the development of cyclist skills training in New Zealand.
- Cyclists skills training - How it fits together - attached as pdf below.
Marilyn says she's keen to get more people cycling more often. Her background includes teaching Kiwi Cycling courses, managing Go By Bike Day events, consulting on cycle training, and running high performance cycling programmes. In 2011 Marilyn has been working with 7 Councils, the Police, and workplaces. She is available for NZQA assessments of cycling instructors, mentoring, and developing programmes.
CAN project manager Patrick is on a mission to share the fun and convenience of cycling. In 2007 he completed instructor training from Cycle Training UK. He has co-authored mountain bike guidebooks, written a guide for cycle-friendly employers, and led cycle tours. Patrick led the development of CAN's Bikeability cycle training programme. He has run courses for local government and cycling groups in Waiheke, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Nelson, training everyone from complete beginners to upskilling cycle trainers.
Cyclist skills training - New Zealand guidelines
In summary, the trainee should be able to do the following core skills consistently as a prerequisite to grade 1:
• get on and off the bike without help
• start off and pedal without help for roughly one minute or more
• stop without help
• steer the bike to where they want to go.
Grade 1: beginner
The trainee cyclist can demonstrate full control of their bicycle while carrying out all-round observation, signalling and manoeuvring. They will not yet have been observed using these skills on the road and in traffic.
• 3 hours in total
• non-traffic environment (eg playground, netball court)
• trainee to instructor maximum ratio of 30 to 1 (theory) and 15 to 1 (practical)
• cycle skills exercises to promote confidence and safe bike handling
• 8+ years old (year 4)
• equipment needed: at least 20 cones, whiteboard, clipboard, flash cards (where available), basic toolkit and bike pump, first aid kit.
Core skills for grade1
The trainee should be able to do the following core skills consistently for grade 1:
• carry out a bike check
• carry out a helmet check
• understand the legal requirements and safety equipment for bicycles
• get on and off the bike without help
• start off and pedal without help
• stop quickly and with control
• steer the bike where they want to go
• look behind
• signal – stop, left and right
• using the gears.
Grade 2: skills to ride in traffic
The trainee cyclist can safely perform manoeuvres and turns in a variety of traffic environments.
They will be able to choose options to deal with minor hazards and demonstrate this in practice.
They will show good understanding of traffic awareness and road positioning in these traffic environments.
• 7–8 hours in total (30 minutes theory and 6 hours on-road)
• Trainee to instructor maximum ratio of 30 to 1 (theory) and 6 to 1 (practical)
• Cycle skills sufficiently developed to deal with a variety of traffic situations
• 10+ years old (year 6)
• Equipment required – whiteboard, safety vests, clipboard, flash cards, basic toolkit and bike pump, first aid kit, mobile phone
Core skills for grade 2
The trainee should be able to demonstrate the following core skills consistently for grade 2:
• achieve all grade 1 core skills
• recall an understanding of road signs and the road rules
• start from side of road (kerb)
• stop on side of road (kerb)
• ride along the road
• pass a parked or slower moving vehicle
• turn left – at a controlled and uncontrolled intersection
• turn right – at a controlled and uncontrolled intersection
• travelling straight through controlled and uncontrolled intersections.
Grade 3: skills to ride in advanced traffic situations
The trainee cyclist understands and can demonstrate a full range of skills to cycle safely and confidently in all traffic environments.
• 2 (minimum) - 8 hours, depending on requirements.
• Trainee to instructor ratio 3 to 1 (maximum), recommended 2 to 1
• Training takes place in more challenging traffic environments, such as heavier traffic, higher speeds and multi-lane intersections
• 12+ years old (Year 8)
• Equipment needed – safety vests, clipboard, flash cards
Core skills for grade 3
The trainee should be able to demonstrate the following core skills consistently for grade 3:
• all of the grade 2 core skills
• roundabouts (multi-lane)
• traffic-signal controlled intersections
• multi-laned roads – turning into and out of
• overtaking to the start of the queue
• recognising hazards and being an assertive, safe and confident cyclist
• rural cycling in high-speed traffic environments.