Five cyclists died on the roads in 2016 – the lowest annual number recorded in 25 years, latest road toll figures show.
The Cycling Action Network hailed the preliminary figures as “encouraging”.
CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan said the decline was a reflection of more people riding and becoming accustomed to cyclists.
Nice to see the cycling toll so low. A pity the overall road toll looks to be increasing.
As more people take up cycling on New Zealand roads, more ambitious government projects for safe cycling would be needed, he said.
But he praised the transport minister’s program for creating new urban cycleways.
“There has never been a better Minister of Transport for cycling than Simon Bridges.”