MotorcyclingMotorcycles are a popular transport choice due to their ease of mobility, parking and fuel economy.

You may be an experienced rider returning to riding after a break; or perhaps you’re just new to riding. Don’t take your ability (skills and training) and survivability (gear and visibility) for granted. Staying safe and enjoying your ride means being able to cope with whatever obstacles, challenges and surprises you might come across. Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are great fun and a cheap form of transport – training is a simple way to lessen your risk and help you enjoy your ride.

Responsible Riders are Survivors

  • Choose bright coloured gear over black or grey and add something reflective or fluorescent at night.
  • Choose a white or light-coloured helmet over a dark blue or black one.
  • Ride with dipped beam on at all times.
  • If you cannot see a driver’s eyes in their mirrors, they cannot see you.
  • Move within your lane to improve your chances of catching a driver’s attention.
  • In traffic, watch for drivers suddenly switching lanes without seeing you.

Did you know? If your motorcycle is manufactured on or after 1 January 1980 you must use your headlight on dip (low beam) or daytime running lamps during daylight hours.


Opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills are available through a variety of trainers listed below in the Canterbury area for new and returning riders:



Scooter Survival

For further useful and safety information go to:

The New Zealand Road Code for Motorcyclists

Motorcycle parking in the central city