Australia

Australian governments commit to new national cycling strategy

AUSTRALIA'S Transport Ministers have endorsed the Australia National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016. The Australian Transport Council of Federal, State and Territory Transport Ministers, which met in Melbourne, endorsed the strategy on Friday.

The Council said it was "serious about tackling climate change and traffic congestion as well as encouraging healthier lifestyles in our cities and regional communities." They added that the strategy is ambitious and highlights the commitment that federal, state and territory governments have in aiming to minimise climate change and congestion.

Over 20 per cent of car trips in Australia are less than five kilometres. In 2008, there were over 1.9 million people cycling in Australia, an increase of 21 per cent over three years.

The National Cycling Strategy includes six key actions and aims to:

  • Promote the benefits of cycling for both recreation and commuting;
  • Work with employers to create cycle-friendly workplaces;
  • Extend networks of safe cycle routes and end-of-trip facilities;
  • Consider and address cycling needs in transport and land use planning;
  • Continue programs to target cyclist safety and road user perceptions;
  • Develop national decision-making processes for investment in cycling; and
  • Share best practice across the country.

The strategy was developed in consultation with the Australian Bicycle Council, bicycle industry associations, user groups, and local governments.

More information on the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 is available from the Australian Bicycle Council website at <http://www.austroads.com.au/abc/>.

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