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.

Rear-view of person riding a bicycle into the sunsetOur 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 on goulton@mav.asn.au or call 0419 766 999.

Consensus Statement

MAV was pleased to be aa part of a group of organisations that developed the Consensus Statement on walking and bike riding.

Submission

Smart Urban Futures Conference

The Smart Urban Futures conference is scheduled for three half-days from 9am to 1pm on 21 – 23 April 2021.

Past Hub Webinars

Our webinars included speakers and case studies from across local government in Victoria and encourage questions and discussion.

Webinar recordings and presentations

Funding for Victorian councils

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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

Australian Government budget announcements

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Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program

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 (PDF - 285KB) are determined by formula and factor in road length and population.

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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.

Improving metropolitan walking and bike riding project approvals – DoT contacts

MAV’s survey of councils identified approvals as a barrier in metropolitan Melbourne. Following discussions with MAV, DoT has agreed that the 3 metropolitan regional directors are your best escalation point if you have any approvals issues regarding walking and bike riding-related projects. Their contact details are:

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.

Here are some more examples, from news and councils, that include designs and infrastructure to support active transport;

Victorian strategies and guidance

National and international strategies and guidance

Media Coverage

A snapshot of some interesting recent media articles.