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Cycling with children

It is important for kids to learn how to stay safe on their bikes as well as where the good spots are to have fun!

The New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Transport Agency recommend that you ride on the footpath until you are 10 years old, unless you're with an adult.

But don’t worry! Dunedin has loads of great off-road places where you can have fun on your bike and improve your skills. Here are some of the best ones to start with, have fun exploring and remember, be safe - be smart - be seen!

Good Tracks for Kids

Looking for somewhere to have fun with your bike? Try these tracks:

  • Fulton Hogan Cycle Smart at Marlow Park, St Kilda (next to the Dinosaur Park) (sealed surface).
  • Forrester Park MTB Tracks, Norwood Street (gravel track).
  • Jubilee Park MTB Tracks, Maori Road (gravel track).
  • Silverstream Track, Mosgiel (gravel track).
  • Portsmouth Drive cycling/walking shared pathway (sealed surface).
  • Boat Harbour to Ravensbourne and Maia cycling/ walking shared path (starting at the end of Magnet Street) (sealed surface).


Make sure you check out the tips for safe cycling on our Cycle Safety Tips page before you head out on your bike. This is extra important if you’re going to start riding on the road.

Bike safety checklist

Get an adult to help you check that your bike has the following things before you use it.

Component Checked (pass/fail)Action

Tyres - good tread

Tyres - good pressure   
Front brakes   
Back brakes   
Wheel spokes   
Tight handlebars   
Tight seat   

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