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.

National strategies for safer and increased participation in walking and cycling

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.

The National Cycling Strategy 2011–16 was approved by Ministers in November 2010. The Strategy aimed to double the rate of participation in cycling between 2011 and 2016.

The purpose of the Strategy was to coordinate the activities of various agencies across all levels of government to deliver agreed national cycling goals.

The Strategy included six key priorities and objectives:

  • Cycling promotion: promote cycling as both 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 bicycle routes and end-of-trip facilities.
  • Integrated planning: consider and address cycling needs in all relevant transport and planning activities.
  • Safety: enable people to cycle safely.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: improve the monitoring and evaluation of cycling programs, and develop a national decision-making process for investing in cycling.
  • Guidance and best practice: develop nationally consistent technical guidance for stakeholders to use and share best practice across jurisdictions

In April 2017 the Australian Bicycle Council published its Implementation Report 2016 which outlined the progress made on the National Cycling Strategy in 2016.

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).

Australian Bicycle Council

Following a review of the Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) ceased the operations with effect on 22 December 2017. In the first half of 2018, a new Cycling and Walking Australian and New Zealand (CWANZ) Group will be established, with further details available on


Last Updated: 26 February, 2018