Cycling

​​​Hamilton City Cycling Survey 2014

In June 2014 Hamilton City Council undertook a comprehensive survey of cyclists' behaviours and preferences within the city.

Hamilton City Cycling Survey Summary Report (PDF, 2.04MB)

​Cycling in Hamilton

In Hamilton geographically the roads 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 to cycle around, and we also want it to be 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 NZ Transport Agency's Code for Cyclists here.

Cycle skills training in primary schools is currently under review and we will update this page with more information as this process continues.

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 cycle parking spaces across Hamilton. These cycle parks take various forms and sizes.

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.​

More cycling information

Bike Wise is New Zealand’s national programme of activities which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel. Don’t forget, February is Bike Wise month, check it out.

Local cycle clubs and groups

​Name ​Website
​Hamilton Bicycling Networkwww.hbn.co.nz
Hamilton BMX Club​ www.hamiltonbmx.co.nz
Hamilton City Cycling Club​ www.hamiltoncitycycling.co.nz
Hamilton Mountain Bike Club​ www.hamiltonmtb.org.nz
Cycle Action Waikato​ www.can.org.nz/waikato
​Ladies Social Cycling Group

www.ladiessocialcycling.org.nz​

Page reviewed: 21 Sep 2018 11:01am