Bicycles are an important transport mode in Australia. Cycling for transport and recreation is increasing in popularity but we need to encourage more people to use active transport for short trips. More people cycling for everyday transport will help reduce the high costs of congestion, pollution and physical inactivity.
The Australian Bicycle Council'ssecretariat is provided by Austroads with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport. The Council coordinates the implementation of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 which aims to double the number of Australians cycling by 2016.
Austroads publishes the design guidelines for the planning, design and construction of cycling facilities.
In the past, the Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice: Part 14 Bicycles was the guideline document. To ensure bicycle riders were planned for in every road project, Austroads now incorporates bicycle planning and design guidance into multiple guideline documents. Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides has been developed as a comprehensive overview reference and is available as a free download.
The Guide to Road Design: Part 6a Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths should be used for guidance on the planning, design and construction of paths. This document consolidates information relating to on-road bicycle facilities and provides a summary of key design information for cyclist paths, including the intersection of paths with roads.