​​​​Cycling in Hamilton

Geographically the roads in Hamilton are flat and wide. Distances within the city are relatively close and there are an increasing number of dedicated cycle lanes and other cycle facilities. Hamilton is a great place to cycle! 

Check out our CBD Zone Map (PDF, 4.43MB) for information on how long it would take you to cycle from the city centre to popular destinations.

Cycle safety

We want Hamilton to be easy and safe to cycle around. When cycling, it is important that your bicycle is in a roadworthy condition and that you comply with road laws, which are designed for the safety of all road users. To view our safety tips, basic checks on your bike and tips for new cyclists click here.

All cyclists need to know the road rules and good cycling etiquette and following the rules can go a long way towards changing motorists' attitudes to cyclists. Cyclists using off-road routes like shared paths also have an obligation to cycle fairly and safely. Find out more in the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Code for Cyclists here.

Cycle infrastructure

Cycle route network

Hamilton has an extensive on-road and off-road cycle lane network (PDF, 3.73MB). 

Cycle lanes

On-road bicycle facilities generally take the form of:

  • Dedicated bicycle lanes marked with cycle symbols and green surfacing.

  • Quiet local streets where traffic volumes are low or slowed (speed humps, traffic islands, etc).

Off-road bicycle facilities typically take the form of shared paths for use by both cyclists and pedestrians. These are specifically widened for users' safety. Cyclists need to take care and slow down when using these facilities. Shared paths are for recreational use and the speed limit for all vehicles (including bicycles) is 20km/h. You can read more in the  Hamilton City Parks, Domains and Reserves Bylaw 2012 (PDF, 566KB).

Cyclists and walkers are expected to share the routes with care by having consideration for each other.

Walkers are urged to keep to one side of the routes, especially on corners so cyclists can pass safely. Stay alert for cyclists, especially if you have headphones on. If you are walking a dog, remember they must be on a leash.

Cyclists are reminded that all park routes intended for cycling are for recreational cycling only, and are urged to give ample friendly warning when approaching walkers from behind. Use your bell or call out.

Remember a smile and wave go a long way!

Cycle parking

There are hundreds of bike parking spaces across Hamilton. These cycle parks take various forms and sizes.

Bike parklets

Design image of a bike parklet

​To support our city's growing movement towards encouraging different types of transport (multi-modal) and making Hamilton a bike-friendly city, we are trialling bike parking at new locations around the city. 

Called a bike parklet – essentially a bike rack for you to park your bike in – but with a new design and mounted on a relocatable platform, each parklet can hold up to eight bikes and can fill a space equivalent to a standard on-street car park.

Modular in design, the parklets can be easily shifted to enable demand from users and impact on the space in which they are located to be measured before permanent structures are put in place.

Two bike parklets are being trialled in Garden Place from May 2020. The trial is being monitored and reviewed every few months. To find out more, contact

Advanced stop boxes

Advanced stop boxes have been introduced to some Hamilton intersections with traffic lights to make roads safer for cyclists. These allow cyclists to stop ahead of other traffic and be more visible to motorists.

Hook turns

Turning right at intersections can be tricky for cyclists. Hook ​turns are the safest way for cyclists to turn right at intersections. Check out the NZTA's Code for Cyclists information on cycling through intersections to see what a hook turn looks like and how to perform one.

Cycling incidents

We encourage you to report any incident that is impacting on your cycling experience. Visit the online Walking and Cycling incident form.​

​Local cycle clubs and groups

​Name ​Website​
Hamilton BMX Club​
Hamilton City Cycling Club​
Hamilton Mountain Bike Club​
Cycle Advocacy Network
​Ladies Social Cycling Group​

Page reviewed: 04 May 2021 9:14am