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


1. Increase the number of people walking and cycling as integral elements of liveable, healthy and productive communities

To demonstrate that walking and cycling 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 value of walking and cycling

This will be achieved by contributing data, case studies and knowledge to the business cases for investment in walking and cycling.
Key activities will include:

  • Developing strategies for identifying, monetising and realising the economic benefits at local, regional, state and national levels, and presenting business cases 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. Share and build knowledge on active transport across Australia and New Zealand

This will be achieved by establishing a recognised forum for information sharing and collaboration among CWANZ members on active transport, focusing on walking and cycling, to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure that truly national approaches are taken.
Key activities will include:

  • 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;
  • Enabling innovation and knowledge sharing on new technologies through a multi-disciplinary Innovations Working Group that results in demonstration projects and new standards; and
  • 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 Australia and New Zealand's lead reference group for walking and cycling on transport and participation networks

Using the collective knowledge and experience of our members, we aim to become the foremost authority in Australia and New Zealand on walking and cycling on transport and particpation networks to provide evidence-based independent advice and deliver the best outcomes for all.

Who We Are


Sara Stace


Sara Stace has worked for more than twenty years in federal, state and local government, and the private sector. This included six years in Infrastructure Australia and the Major Cities Unit where she wrote the Australian National Urban Policy, National Urban Design Protocol, and the national active transport policy titled Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport. Between 2011 and 2014 Sara was the Australian Government representative on the Australian Bicycle Council which was the predecessor to CWANZ.
Sara has written a range of local and state government transport policies, and publications for the United Nations.
She has a background in architecture and urban design and was previously General Manager of an ASX-listed property fund.

Executive Officer

Sam Bolton


Sam is the Executive Officer of Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand (CWANZ). She has over 25 years’ experience working in small business, consulting, stakeholder engagement, project management, research, government and business management. She brings skills in strategic planning, research, stakeholder engagement, and financial management, and an endless ability to talk about cycling. Her passion and enthusiasm for getting more people out walking and riding their bikes is what gets her up in the morning. That and the thought that it’s still not too late to become a professional cyclist. Sam holds a Master of Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Western Australia.