The National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 was published in September 2010. It builds on the National Cycling Strategy 2005-10.
The Strategy has been developed as a coordinating framework identifying responsibilities of all levels of government, community and industry stakeholders to encourage more people to get on their bicycles and start riding for a better life.
The strategy recognises that increasing the number of people who ride a bike for transport and recreation has a host of benefits to individuals and society.
The vision for the Strategy is to double the number of people cycling in Australia by 2016. To measure performance towards this target, the Australian Bicycle Council commissioned research to obtain baseline data on cycling participation in Australia in 2011 .
The Strategy’s goal is underpinned by six key priorities and objectives.
Cycling promotion - Promote cycling as 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 routes to cycle and end-of-trip facilities.
Integrated planning - Consider and address cycling needs in all relevant transport and land use planning activities.
Safety - Enable people to cycle safely.
Monitoring and evaluation - Improve monitoring and evaluation of cycling programs and develop a national decision-making process for investment in cycling.
Guidance and best practice - Support the development of nationally consistent guidance for stakeholders to use and share best practice across jurisdictions.