Cycling Confidence Workshops

Our Cycling Confidence workshops are carefully structured to enable cyclists to understand the challenges professional drivers face and the physical attributes of heavy vehicles. 

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    The workshops are aimed at all cyclists who use the road: commuters, sports and leisure bikers. They are based on a customised and industry-proven curriculum. With a duration of around three hours, the workshops are delivered by qualified facilitators.

    ‘...I really enjoyed it. Really enjoyed the truck part, it was a wonderful insight to how little they see!! Thank you to CAN and NZTA for putting the workshop on, well worthwhile and I have had some great feedback from 2 others that were there. Would love to get it back in the Bay again next year.’
    — Lyndal, Hawkes Bay

    Workshop features:

    • A classroom discussion, setting the scene on bike safety
    • Demo and bike control drills in an open space
    • Demonstration of a heavy vehicle features and exercises to identify blind zones
    • A brief ride on quiet local streets with discussions about safety issues cyclists encounter on the way 
    • De-brief and tea/coffee back at base
    • Usually takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours
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    I found the course interesting and the topics very relevant and came away examining several aspects of my own riding style… certain aspects of riding such as positioning on the road, signalling clearly and riding confidently, establishing eye contact and checking behind regularly etc are sending messages to other road uses. The messages are I’m a vehicle and I’m behaving like one, and importantly I know what I’m doing.
    — Gavin, experienced cyclist, Hawkes Bay
     

    Our key messages for cyclists:

    • Keep control of your bike and the situation.
    • Ride to be seen and predictable.
    • Choose safe routes.