Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand was established in 2018 as a new leadership group to collaborate on and co-ordinate cycling and walking action at a national and international level.
We will focus on a small number of strategic actions to deliver outcomes in the national interest that cannot be delivered effectively by jurisdictions working alone.
Operational matters such as input to the development of technical design guidance through Austroads will occur through existing jurisdictional and Austroads arrangements. It will be 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 will be developed further and a work program devised during 2018.
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.
Our members include senior representatives from state transport agencies from every state and territory in Australia, plus New Zealand; advocacy groups; local councils. The Australian Federal Government have observer status.