Cycling programmes

​​​​Rotorua has an enviable reputation as an international mountain biking destination. Its potential as a cycling city stretches beyond the forests though, with a cycling friendly landscape providing for easy riding throughout the city and its environs.

CyWay network

The Urban Cycleway programme was announced in 2014 to accelerate the build of urban cycle networks in major cities across New Zealand.  
The Urban Cycleways Fund has accelerated completion of the city’s urban cycling network, dubbed the ‘CyWay’. The CyWay comprises over 23.7km of shared paths and aims to be a catalyst for more people choosing to walk or cycle to work, to school, to shops and for recreation.

The goal of the Cyway is to make riding a bike a safe and attractive transport option for short to medium journeys around our city.  The network objective is to connect neighbourhoods with schools, the inner city, facilities and recreational spaces.

Please note that cycling facilities on Te Ngae Road will form part of the NZ Transport Agency's 'Connect Rotorua' project, as it is a State Highway.​

Bike Ready

BikeReady is a cycling skills training programme designed for schools nationwide. The NZ Transport Agency, ACC and local government partnered in the development of BikeReady, in collaboration with a range of cross- government agencies.

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BikeReady expands on the best of current training  and cycle skills initiatives from around the country, including the very successful Bikes in Schools model. BikeReady enables cycle education to reach more people, helping them learn more and improve the overall quality of their learning.

The Safe and Sustainable Journeys team have an accredited team who can run the Bike Ready programme for Rotorua schools. They can also offer the programme in te reo Māori.

To inquire about getting Bike Ready  in your school, please contact: 

Community Bike Rides


There are a number of community bike rides held across the course of a year, including Matariki Night Ride, Tweed Ride, Purple Ride, Diwali Ride and Frocks on Bikes.

Frocks on Bikes began in Wellington in 2008 at a 'Go by Bike Day' commuter event. Amidst the lycra-clad males were a handful of women who were dressed as if they were just going to work, which of course they were. This was the beginning of the Frocks on Bikes movement and series of events.

The community bike ride​ events in Rotorua are subsidised by NZTA and Council funds, as way of introducing people to sustainable modes of travel and showing people the cycling facilities available in the city.

Rotorua Bikes In Schools


Rotorua Bikes in Schools provides children with regular access to a fitted bike and helmet, the development of cycling skills and the confidence to ride safely on our roads and cycle ways.

Bikes in Schools is a co​mplete biking package which includes a fleet of bikes, a helmet for each child, a fit for purpose storage container for the bikes, a skills track and a bike track.

Bikes in Schools has already been implemented in 50+ schools across New Zealand. Find out more here:

The Safe and Sustainable Journeys team can help with the implementation of Bikes in Schools for your school. ​To inquire about getting Bikes in Schools in your school, please contact:

Cycling for Seniors


New to riding? Wanting to pick it up again? If so, then this course could be for you.

Cycling for Seniors is a practical course designed to support seniors to rider around Rotorua safely and freely. All the expertise is provided free of charge as our motivation is to support our older community to get back on their bikes.

Spaces are limited so register now to make sure you don't miss out.

To find out more and get the date for the next course, please contact Council ​on 07 348 4199​

Page reviewed: 24 Mar 2020 9:32am