Active Transport—Walking and Cycling

The Australian Government supports measures to increase all aspects of active transport in Australian communities, and is a member of the Australian Bicycle Council. The design, project deployment and funding of cycling and pedestrian facilities is primarily a matter for state, territory and local governments.

National strategies for safer and increased participation in walking and cycling

Cover image of National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 reportThe state, territory and Australian government road and transport ministers have signed the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020. It aims to reduce road deaths and serious injuries by 30 percent by 2020. The Strategy also adopts the Safe System approach: safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe people.


Cover image of National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 reportThe National Cycling Strategy 2011–16 was approved by Ministers in November 2010. The Strategy aims to double the rate of participation in cycling between 2011 and 2016.

The purpose of the Strategy is to coordinate the activities of various agencies across all levels of government to deliver agreed national cycling goals.

The Strategy has six key priorities and objectives:

  • Cycling promotion: promote cycling as both a viable and safe mode of transport and an enjoyable recreational activity
  • Infrastructure and facilities: create a comprehensive and continuous network of safe and attractive bicycle routes and end-of-trip facilities.
  • Integrated planning: consider and address cycling needs in all relevant transport and planning activities.
  • Safety: enable people to cycle safely.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: improve the monitoring and evaluation of cycling programmes, and develop a national decision-making process for investing in cycling.

An annual report on progress in implementing the Strategy is made by the Australian Bicycle Council to the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Cover image of National Cycling Strategy Implementation reportIn July 2016 the Australian Bicycle Council published its Implementation Report 2015 which outlined the progress made on the National Cycling Strategy in 2015.

Infrastructure for walking and cycling

The Australian Government supports safe road environments for all road users—pedestrians (which include most wheeled mobility and recreation devices such as skateboards, roller skates and roller blades) and cyclists.

While the designing, project deployment and funding of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is primarily a matter for state, territory and local governments, the Australian Government's investment in infrastructure includes, in relevant projects, the building of new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure as part of the overall project (where identified by project proponents).

Australian Bicycle Council

The Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) was established in 1999 to oversee the National Cycling Strategy. The ABC consists of representatives of state, territory and local governments, the cycling industry and bicycle users. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is a member of the Council. The Department also funds Austroads (the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies) under the National Cycling Strategy to provide the secretariat for the ABC. This is a joint arrangement with the state and territory governments in 2017.

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Last Updated: 13 February, 2017