Tuesday, December 19th 2017 at 10:13AM GMT
The Australian Bicycle Council, or ABC, is to add walking to its remit and become Cycling and Walking Australia/New Zealand, or CWANZ. The Council was established in 1999 with members drawn from federal and state governments, the cycling industry and users. New Zealand’s government was also part of the Council. The ABC’s day-to-day work has funded and hosted within the Australian government’s Ausroads department since 2010.
One of ABC’s key roles was to implement the National Cycling Strategy, 2011–2016, which aimed to double cycle use.
An ABC statement said that this strategy “did not achieve the aspirational objective to double cycling over five years.”
The statement continued that the “challenges” faced by the National Cycling Strategy needed a “fresh approach”, and that included recognising that “walking is also an important active travel mode that needs further attention nationally and from individual jurisdictions.”
Even though the National Cycling Strategy failed to double cycle usage the ABC stressed that a “vibrant walking and cycling culture” lead to “nationally significant economic, health and other benefits.”