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

Walking is an easy, convenient option for short trips, or to connect with other forms of transport, and also has great health benefits.

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 helps reduce congestion on our roads.

The number of people cycling to work in metropolitan Melbourne continues to grow. 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 a bike by providing commuters with a safe, comfortable and connected cycling network, encouraging more local trips, and fostering a more inclusive cycling culture.

Cycling Strategy

We're committed to delivering cycling projects and programs that focus on safety and increasing cycling participation across Victoria.

To reflect these commitments and guide investment in cycling, we're leading an update of Victoria's Cycling Strategy and developing a new cycling action plan.

The updated cycling strategy will align with other relevant government priorities and plans to ensure investments meet the needs of all bike riders.

In late 2015, we asked Victorians for their views on the following proposed directions for Victoria's cycling strategy:

  • encouraging cycling participation
  • improving cyclists' safety
  • promoting the health benefits of cycling
  • highlighting the environmental benefits of cycling
  • growing cycle tourism in regional Victoria
  • planning networks and prioritising investment.

More than 2780 Victorians had their say, either by completing an online survey, attending one of our 10 consultation workshops or making a written submission.

The public consultation period has closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Next steps

Transport for Victoria is now working with key stakeholders to refine the public feedback and develop an updated strategy.

Publications

Previous cycling strategy and action plan

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.