The Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 was published in September 2010. It builds on the National Cycling Strategy 2005-10.
While the National Cycling Strategy was due to finish at the end of 2016, the strategy has been extended until the end of the 2017 calendar year. This provides an opportunity to conduct the fourth National Cycling Participation Survey in 2017. The future national approach to cycling (and walking) will be determined in 2017.
The Strategy has been developed as a coordinating framework identifying responsibilities of all levels of government, community and industry stakeholders.
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 strategy has a vision to double the number of people cycling in Australia by 2016.To measure performance towards this objective the Australian Bicycle Council has commissioned a biennial National Cycling Participation Survey to provide estimates of cycling participation (measured in the past week, month and year) across Australia and for each state and territory. The survey was conducted in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
The strategy’s goal is underpinned by six key priorities and objectives.
- Promoting cycling as a viable and safe mode of transport, and an enjoyable recreational activity.
- Creating a comprehensive and continuous network of safe and attractive routes to cycle and end-of-trip facilities.
- Addressing cycling needs in all relevant transport and land use planning activities.
- Enabling people to cycle safely.
- Improving monitoring and evaluation of cycling programs.
- Developing nationally consistent guidance for stakeholders.
The Australian Bicycle Council manages and coordinates the implementation of the Strategy and reports annually on progress to the Transport and Infrastructure Council.