Active Transport—Walking and Cycling

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

The 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.

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).

Cycling and Walking Australia New Zealand

The Australian Government participates in the Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand reference group as an observer, with further details available at www.cwanz.com.au.

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Last Updated: 12 September, 2019