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Bells on Bikes

Monday, October 17, 2016


Rotorua Lakes Council is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the safe use of shared footpaths by encouraging people to put bells on their bikes.

As part of the national cycleway initiative council has designated footpaths around the district as combined spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and other users.

The Share with Care campaign promotes the use of handlebar bells and more visible signage on shared paths to make users more aware of others around them.

Chair of Rotorua Cycle Action David Crawley says he uses a bell on his own bike.

“I use my bell coming up to blind corners to let anyone who may be around the corner know that there’s a bike coming.

“I also use it coming up behind any walker or biker that I want to pass.

“It’s not about surprising people, it’s the opposite. It’s about letting the other path users know that you’re there in the gentlest way possible,” says Mr Crawley.

Council will be encouraging users to be considerate and respectful by installing signage at all shared pathways around Rotorua. Handlebar bells will also be modelled at the upcoming Frocks on Bikes Fashion show on 28 October to encourage more bike riders to get their own.

“Riders should always be prepared and able to stop in half the visible distance on any shared path.

“And they should always treat fellow users with respect,” says Mr Crawley.

Bike riders should:

  • Use a bike bell or call out to warn pedestrians they are approaching
  • Ride slowly, courteously and safely
    Be prepared to stop and give way when needed
  • Ride on the left of the path (unless on a path where there is a separate cycle and pedestrian lane)

Pedestrians should:

  • Walk on the left of the path
  • Move aside (to the left) when they hear a cyclist approaching
  • If stopping, move off the path
    Keep dogs on a short lead

Mobility scooters and other users:

  • Always check over your shoulder when changing direction
  • Listen out for other users and vehicles exiting driveways
  • Use your indicators/rear vision mirror
  • Be courteous and move over if you are slower than other users

Shared pathways in Rotorua:

  • Ngongotaha Road
  • Lake Road
  • Old Taupo Road
  • Ranolf Street (town end)
  • Fenton Street
  • Malfroy Road
  • Te Ngae Road

For more information about Rotorua’s cycleway network or the Frocks on Bikes Fashion Show visit

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