National Cycling Strategy to make roads safer for cyclists

A report released late last year by Austroads entitled Cycling on Higher Speed Roads will dovetail into the agency’s National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016.

Leon Patterson, National Director Infrastructure Management for the IPWEA says the report provides options for public works professionals to consider when seeking ways to accommodate bicycles on Australian roads.

The latest report is only a small component of the national strategy being implemented by the Australian Bicycle Council, proposing recommendations to double the number of Australians regularly cycling to 4 million by 2016. The framework outlines responsibilities for all levels of government, the community and industry stakeholders to encourage more people to get on their bicycles and start riding.

One of the key components of the national strategy is to promote and create safe and attractive routes to cycle. It looks to all levels of government to reduce riders’ risks and integrate cycling into relevant transport and land use planning activities.

The strategy recognises that increasing the number of people who ride a bike for transport and recreation will result in a host of benefits to individuals and society.

To view the complete strategy, please click here.

The Australian Bicycle Council’s implementation report can be found here.

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