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Cycling Infrastructure Policy

The Department of Transport and Main Roads Cycling Infrastructure Policy states that along principal cycle routes, the department will explicitly provide for cyclists in transport infrastructure projects.

On other routes, the department will seek to make state-controlled transport projects implicitly incorporate cycle-friendly design. This may include the economical retrofitting of roads where necessary to accommodate cyclists.

Explicit provision for cyclists includes marked bicycle lanes, bicycle or shared paths or other suitable facilities. Implicit provision involves road design that makes it easier and safer for cyclists to use a particular section of road, for example removal of pinch points.

This policy applies to all state-controlled transport projects and corridors, including government funded infrastructure projects, upgrades and sponsored projects at all stages of the transport network infrastructure process, including:

  • corridor preservation
  • planning
  • design
  • construction
  • programmed maintenance/rehabilitation (where current or intended surfacing width is adequate)
  • operation
  • reporting.

The policy ensures that cycling is integrated into each stage of the infrastructure process to:

  • provide a complete cycling network
  • increase the safety of cyclists
  • ensure best value for money for the government.

Provision of cycling facilities via the Cycling Infrastructure Policy complements dedicated funding programs which retrofit cycling facilities where no other transport projects are planned. The two approaches combined will result in a transport network that is accessible and attractive for cycling.

Policy implementation examples

The case study examples below highlight how the policy has delivered cycling infrastructure as part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads' projects to achieve positive cycling outcomes. 

Last updated
25 November 2016