Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport—Draft report for discussion
29 October 2012, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport—Draft report for discussion.
The draft report explores how the Australian Government can work with other governments, business and the community to encourage and support walking and riding as part of the transport systems in Australia's cities and towns.
Walking and riding are fundamental everyday modes of transport and are a vital component of Australia's transport system. Many people walk to local destinations such as their local shops, cafes or services such as the post office or library. Others walk on a daily basis to their place of work or study. Most public transport journeys start or end with a walk to or from the bus or train. Bicycle riding, whilst less prevalent, is also becoming increasingly popular as a form of transport.
More people regularly walking, riding and catching public transport can contribute towards:
- Increased capacity in the transport network
- Improved public health and reduced healthcare costs
- Improved community wellbeing and social cohesiveness
- Reduced environmental impacts.
Walking Riding and Access to Public Transport
- Executive summary [PDF: 328 KB] 
- Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF: 1332 KB] 
- Chapter 2: Patterns of walking, riding and public transport [PDF: 1926 KB] 
- Chapter 3: Economic analysis [PDF: 1314 KB] 
- Chapter 4: Current policy framework setting [PDF: 1008 KB] 
- Chapter 5: Overcoming barriers to walking and riding [PDF: 1399 KB] 
- Chapter 6: Opportunities to increase walking and riding for transport [PDF: 1167 KB] 
- Appendices [PDF: 1631 KB] 
In response to the draft report, nearly 200 public submissions were received. The feedback in the submissions will guide the Department's policy development process.
The submission period ended on Wednesday 6 February 2013.