Making walking and cycling an integral element of liveable healthy and productive communities

Increasing investment in cycling and walking from all levels of government

Applied innovation and learning

Achieving National consistency and harmonisation

Making the case for cycling and walking


Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand (CWANZ) is the Australasian peak organisation for walking and bike riding on transport and recreation networks. Members include senior and executive level leaders from all Australian state and territory transport agencies, New Zealand Transport Agency, local government representatives and leading advocacy groups and peak bodies for walking, cycling, health and mobility.


Collaboration at this level and degree of diversity is a first for Australia and New Zealand and provides the opportunity and leadership to support positive change for more sustainable and efficient mobility across our communities and cities.

Mission Statement

To collaborate in the national interest to implement strategies and actions that will rapidly improve the conditions for and uptake of cycling and walking on Australia and New Zealand transport and recreation networks.

Strategic Focus

CWANZ provides a national forum to progress knowledge on strategic initiatives and projects that deliver outcomes in the national interest and may not be delivered effectively by jurisdictions working alone.Operational matters, such as input to the development of technical design guidance through Austroads, will continue to be provided through existing jurisdictional and Austroads arrangements. It is part of CWANZ’s role to ensure this occurs.

CWANZ Objectives

The objectives of CWANZ cover topics to meet the needs of members. Below are high level key objectives, which we will work towards over the next few years.

1. More people cycling and walking as integral elements of liveable, healthy and productive communities

Increase the number of people cycling and walking through demonstrating that they are integral to the design, function and future of our cities, towns and major centres.

Some key considerations are the:

  • Role of cycling and walking in ‘place-making’ and ‘new urbanism’ approaches, and their integration with broader land use, regional planning, and multi-modal transport options; and
  • Potential for cycling and walking to reduce traffic congestion and pollution making cities quieter, cleaner, healthier and more liveable.

2. Increased investment in cycling and walking from all levels of government

Clearly demonstrate the business case for increased levels of investment in cycling and walking. Some key considerations are:

  • Developing strategies for identifying, monetising and realising the economic benefits at local, regional, state and national levels, and presenting the business case to decision makers in a way that is persuasive and influential and gets results; and

Maximising investment in cycling and walking infrastructure through positive provision policies, the most cost-effective way to rapidly expand networks.

3. Applied innovation and learning

Learning from each other through information sharing and collaboration is cost effective and saves duplication of effort. Learnings from trials of innovative approaches and demonstration projects in one jurisdiction reduce development and implementation time for similar approaches in other jurisdictions.

We can also learn from the best international experts through study tours, facilitated workshops and international collaborations.

As new technologies emerge, we need to understand their implications and be prepared to respond and leverage their potential.

4. National consistency and harmonisation

Consistent approaches are essential to ensure that a truly national approach is taken, while also enabling innovation (as per objective 3). CWANZ will enable high level coordination of design standards and guidance via relevant agencies; participation and usage data that is comparable across jurisdictions; input into regulations relevant to cycling and walking; and input into related national agendas and strategies, such as the Australian Government’s Smart Cities initiative.

5. Making the case for cycling and walking

Using our existing knowledge base and research to prepare information, position statements and resources (e.g. infographics) demonstrating why the benefits of increased cycling and walking to individuals and the wider community.


Executive Officer