Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand (CWANZ) is the Australasian lead reference group 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.
Safe and connected walking and cycling networks and neighbourhoods for all
Working collaboratively to recommend strategies and actions that make walking and cycling an easy choice and a normal part of everyday life
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.
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. Increase the number of people walking and cycling as integral elements of liveable, healthy and productive communities
Contribute knowledge and data to build the case for investment in walking and cycling, demonstrating that these travel modes are integral to the design, function and future of our cities, towns and major centres.
Some key considerations are the:
- Role of walking and cycling in ‘place-making’ and ‘new urbanism’ approaches, and their integration with broader land use, regional planning, and multi-modal transport options;
- Economic benefits for local businesses through increased opportunities from walkers and bike riders;
- Health benefits to the community because of increased physical activity; and
- Potential for walking and cycling to reduce traffic congestion and pollution making cities quieter, cleaner, healthier and more liveable.
2. Articulate the case for investment in walking and cycling from all levels of government
Contribute data, case studies and knowledge to the business case for 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 contributes to the evidence-based decision making; and
- Maximising returns on investment in walking and cycling infrastructure by identifying the most cost-effective ways to rapidly expand networks.
3. Achieve consistency and harmonisation across Australia and New Zealand
Establish a recognised forum for information sharing and collaboration among CWANZ members on active transport to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure that a truly national approach is taken.
Some key considerations are:
- Sharing knowledge of trials of innovative approaches and demonstration projects to reduce development and implementation time for similar approaches in other jurisdictions;
- Collaborating to learn from the best international experts through study tours, facilitated workshops and international relationships;
- As new technologies emerge ensuring we understand the implications and are prepared to respond to, and leverage, their potential;
- Enable innovation through a multi-disciplinary Innovations Working Group that results in demonstration projects and new standards;
- Enabling high level coordination of:
- Participation and usage data that is comparable across jurisdictions;
- Input into regulations relevant to walking and cycling; and
- Input into related national agendas and strategies, such as the Australian Government’s Smart Cities agenda.
4. Be recognised as the peak organisation for walking and cycling for transport
Use the collective knowledge and experience of our members to become the foremost authority in Australia and New Zealand on walking and cycling for transport to provide evidence-based independent advice and deliver the best outcomes for all.