Know your signs and road markings

Familiarising with signs and markings will help with building your confidence and keeping you safe

In order to keep you and others safe on the roads and paths you need to know what the signs you are looking at mean. The small list below will help identifying some of the signs you need to be aware of.

SignDescription
National Route SignThe number on this sign identifies the route you are in, the red colour behind the number means it’s a National Route.
Regional Route signThe number on this sign identifies the route you are in, the blue colour behind the number means you’re on a Regional Route.
Shared unsegregated path signThis sign means you are in a shared-use path. You can cycle anywhere along the path, but so can pedestrians. Caution is extremely important here.
Shared Segregated Path SignThis sign also means you are in a shared-use path, but you must ride on the cycle segregated lane.
Contra flow lane signThis is a contra-flow cycle lane. You will be riding against traffic flow on a segregated cycle lane.
Cycle laneThere are mandatory and advisory cycle lanes. These can sometimes be coloured green or red.
• Continuous white line: lane is used for cyclists only
• Dashed white line: other vehicles will share the lane, including parked cars
Traffic lights bicycle markins
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Wait at the front of the queue for the traffic lights to change, this will give you visibility. Motorists have to wait behind the first stop line.