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