The Victorian Government is increasing the role of cycling and walking as a form of transport by making it easier and safer for people to ride and walk where they need to go.

Find walking and cycling routes, use your bike to connect to public transport or find a bike share hub.

Riding a bike or walking are easy, environmentally-friendly and low-cost forms of transport – great for short trips or as part of your journey to work, education and other destinations.

Walking

As well as its great health benefits, walking is an easy, convenient option for short trips, or to connect with other forms of transport.

Walking already makes up a significant number of the trips taken across Victoria. For example, two thirds of all trips in the city of Melbourne are on foot.

The Victorian Government wants to get even more people walking to help meet our growing transport needs, particularly around neighbourhoods.

VicRoads and local government play a vital role in planning and delivering pedestrian infrastructure.

Principal Pedestrian Networks

Guidelines are available to help local councils develop Principal Pedestrian Networks – maps of walking routes around key destinations such as activity centres, schools and public transport stops. This will help encourage walking and create a more sustainable transport system.

Cycling

Riding a bike is great for recreation, fitness or the daily commute. It also reduces congestion on our roads.

The number of people cycling to work in metropolitan Melbourne is growing. In 2016, 17 per cent of private vehicles entering the central city in the morning peak were bicycles, up from 11 per cent in 2012.

However, cycling participation appears to have declined in regional Victoria since 2011.

We want to get even more people on bikes by providing commuters with a safe, comfortable and connected cycling network, encouraging more local trips, and fostering a more inclusive cycling culture.

Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28

The Victorian Government has a new plan to get more people cycling to work, school and around their local neighbourhood.

Victoria’s growing population is increasing pressure on the transport network. The Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28 aims to increase the number, frequency and diversity of Victorians cycling for transport, which includes commuter and local trips.

It will do this by:

  • Investing in a safer, lower-stress, better-connected cycling network, prioritising strategic cycling corridors
  • Making cycling a more inclusive experience.

Getting more people to cycle for transport will take pressure off our roads and public transport, create more vibrant neighbourhoods and deliver significant health and wellbeing benefits.

The strategy will guide planning and investment in cycling for the next decade.

Consultation

We consulted with cyclists, the Victorian community, local councils, state government agencies and other stakeholders and received written submissions from 170 individuals and 45 organisations and 2539 responses to an online survey. We also held several stakeholder and community workshops.

The strategy also draws on relevant research and on the experiences of the great and the emerging cycling cities of the world.

Implementation

Transport for Victoria through its Active Transport Victoria unit will deliver the strategy, working across government and local councils to ensure cycling investments are coordinated and have maximum benefit for cyclists.

Publications

Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28: Increasing cycling for transport (DOCX 15060 KB)

Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28: Increasing cycling for transport (PDF 1869 KB)

Active Transport Victoria

Active Transport Victoria is focused on increasing the number of people walking and cycling as a form of transport.

ATV is a unit within Transport for Victoria and works with local governments and communities across Victoria to coordinate the planning of infrastructure and ensure projects are built where they are needed most.

It puts active modes of transport such as walking and cycling front and centre, better connecting them to the broader transport network.

ATV is working with VicRoads and the TAC to target investment in infrastructure that keeps cyclists and pedestrians safe through the Victorian Government's $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund.

It is also responsible for developing and delivering Victoria's Cycling Strategy.

More information

For more information, email [email protected] or call (03) 8392 6533.