Walking and Bike Riding Resource Hub
Walking and bike riding are important parts of the transport system and are growing in importance and popularity. There are also significant mental and physical health benefits gained from walking and bike riding.
Our recent survey of Victorian councils found that more than 80% of councils have a walking and/or cycling plan, and that more than 90% of councils plan to deliver walking and cycling improvements each year.
This hub is aimed at improving the capability of local government to plan, design, deliver, activate and evaluate walking and bike riding programs and projects.
The MAV has partnered with VicHealth to address barriers and encourage behavioural change to get people moving in a safe and healthy way. Through our research, councils have told us they need more support in this space particularly at this time when traffic volumes are reduced and active transport increasing. That’s why we’ve developed this hub to give council officers specific, practical information to help implement walking and bike riding projects.
Data, case studies and evidence have been pulled together across metropolitan and regional Victoria, Australia and internationally to inform councils’ decision-making for walking and bike riding projects.
The material has been collated specifically for council officers working in infrastructure, engineering, health promotion, community development and transport to guide the design and delivery of active transport infrastructure and behavioural interventions. Considering and responding to the impacts of Covid-19, now is also a great time for trials and pop up treatments.
Read our media release, Councils call for funding support to increase walking and cycling opportunities issued on 28 August 2020.
If you have any suggestions or would like to provide an example, please email Geoff Oulton firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0419 766 999.
What’s on – Hub Webinars
Our webinars include speakers and case studies from across local government in Victoria and encourage questions and discussion. Click on a link to register.
- 28 Oct, 10am, Behaviour change – an introduction to programs and activities
- 11 Nov, 9:45am, Freight Planning update
- 25 Nov, 10am, Delivery lessons from walking and riding projects
- 9 Dec, 10am, Evaluation of walking and riding projects
Recent webinar recordings
- Walking and cycling through COVID-19 and beyond held on 2 August 2020 - Vimeo
Funding for Victorian councils
|TAC Community Road Safety Program||Now Open||9 Nov 2020|
|Safer bike riding and more routes. Extra bikes lanes and legislation changes. State managed program for inner Melbourne and regulation changes Victoria-wide||N/A||N/A|
|VicHealth Reimagining Health grants||Now open||27 October 2020|
|Department of Transport (VicRoads) Community Road Safety Grants||December 2020 (TBC)||N/A|
Australian Government budget announcements
Funds can be applied to eligible walking and bike riding projects. Through the 2020–21 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $1 billion extension of the 2020 LRCI Program, following strong community and local government support. It will help local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. LRCI Funding Allocations are determined by formula and factor in road length and population.
|1 Jan 2021||N/A|
|Black Spot Program – funding and program unchanged|
|Road Safety Program - state-based funding (80:20 for regional, 50:50 for urban areas)|
|Building Better Regions - supporting regional tourism|
Feedback from councils
MAV conducted a survey with councils to understand the activity occurring and barriers encountered when developing walking and bike riding projects, you can read the MAV survey summary (PDF - 552KB) and MAV survey results (PDF - 814KB) for the full story.
The survey received an 85% response rate, and the main barrier was funding. Some of the other key findings include:
- More than 80% of Metro Councils said approval processes was a barrier to delivering walking and cycling improvements
- Around 50% of councils reported they are planning to deliver more walking and cycling projects in the next six months
- Around 50% of metro councils are planning to undertake behaviour change campaigns yet only 10% are in regional Victoria
This feedback from local councils has strengthened MAV’s advocacy to state government and its support to councils. MAV is now working with Department of Transport on improving project approvals processes.
Walking and bike riding stakeholders
Local government works with many state government and non-government organisations to deliver walking and bike riding outcomes. Here are two snapshots of key stakeholders and programs relating to walking and bike riding. These are not exhaustive lists but aim to show the range of organisations that may influence projects; either through policies, approvals, funding, advice or other support.
- Vic Local Gov Walking and Bike Riding Stakeholders - Sep 2020 (PDF - 64KB)
- Programs in Victoria relating to Walking and Bike Riding- Sep 2020 (PDF - 49KB)
Victorian council examples
Many councils across Victoria are implementing projects to encourage more walking and bike riding. These MAV case studies highlight some of this great work. MAV will continue to add examples here. You may want to share your council’s great work by submitting your own case study using the template.
- MAV Walking and Bike Riding case study - Bendigo (PDF - 235KB)
- MAV Walking and Bike Riding case study - Corangamite (PDF - 637KB)
- MAV Walking and Bike Riding case study - Darebin (PDF - 349KB)
- MAV Walking and Bike Riding case study - Moreland (PDF - 231KB)
- MAV Walking and Bike Riding case study template (Word - 555KB)
Here are some more examples, from news and councils, that include designs and infrastructure to support active transport;
- Baw Baw Shire Council: Road safety hotspot improvements for people walking and cycling
- Baw Baw Shire Council: Ride Nation program to encourage more cycling participation
- City of Greater Bendigo: Regional city's first state of the art cycling infrastructure
- Buloke Shire Council: Recreational walking trails get the go ahead
- Hobsons Bay City Council: Walking and cycling access improvements as part of level crossing removal
- Moreland City Council: Pop up bike lanes and pop up shared zones
- Wyndham City Council: Community consultation strongly supports pop up shared zone
Victorian strategies and guidance
- VicHealth community survey of walking and bike riding attitudes and behaviours in a Covid-19 environment (PDF 85KB)
- Transport Victoria - Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28 (PDF - 1.8MB)
- Transport for Victoria – Walking and Cycling
- Victorian Government media release – Building safer walking and cycling parks (May 2018)
- Victoria Walks – Research on walking, cycling and transport
- Victoria Walks – Change to Walking program
- CoDesign Studio - Neighbourhoods made by neighbours, Guide to community -led placemaking
- VicHealth - Strategies to encourage active travel to school (PDF - 1.03MB)
National and international strategies and guidance
- Transport for NSW - NSW Pop up transport
- Transport for NSW - Walking Space Guide Towards Pedestrian Comfort and Safety (PDF - 6.15MB)
- Heart Foundation - Healthy Active by Design
- Heart Foundation - HABD checklist tool
- Heart Foundation - Resources (includes case study videos and interviews)
- Heart Foundation - Active Streets statement (PDF - 435KB)
- ARUP - Tactical Urbanism research into success factors
- NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) - released a guide for Pandemic Response and Recovery: Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery 2020 (PDF - 8.44MB)
- NACTO - City Limits, Setting safe speed limits on urban streets
- Sustrans - UK Covid-19 temporary walking and cycling interventions detailed guidance
- Sustrans - UK Space to Move tool - map of temporary walking and bike riding projects across UK in response to Covid-19
- Sustrans - UK Schools Streets Closures, literature review
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Covid-19 Street Rebalancing Guide
- British Columbia Ministry for Transportation - Active Transportation Design Guide
- AARP & Team Better Block - Pop-up placemaking toolkit (PDF 10.1MB)
- Political Economy Research Institute (US) - Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts - Jun 2011 (PDF - 816KB)
- Scotland’s National Walking Strategy (UK) – The National Walking Strategy
- Auckland Transport (NZ) - Safe Speeds Programme and Urban Street and Road Design Guide (PDF - 11.6MB)
- Welsh Government (UK) - Active Travel Guidance - Feb 2020 (PDF - 10.6MB)
A snapshot of some interesting recent media articles.
|7 May 2020||The Age||Car parks out, footpaths and cycling lanes in as city prepares for post-COVID commuters|
|3 May 2020||Sydney Morning Herald||On the move and off the merlot: a healthy iso habit worth toasting|
|15 April 2020||The Age||Too close for comfort: When a walk in the park is no walk in the park|
|30 May 2020||Washington Examiner||'The joys of walking': Pro-pedestrian groups hope increase in strolling will last beyond pandemic|
|2 July 2020||Bloomberg CityLab||The Forces That Will Reshape American Cities|