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The Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016
Publication no: AP-C85-10 Pages: 46
Published: 25 October 2010
The majority of cycling infrastructure, services and events are provided by the states, territories and local government as part of their normal business delivery. The ABC and the NCS 2011-16 is designed to provide focus on those areas where it is critical that all jurisdictions maintain momentum and those areas where a national strategy can add real value; co-ordinating and taking action at a national level.
Cycling has many benefits: increased community health and social equity; reduced greenhouse gas emissions, urban congestion, transport and health care costs. It is estimated that the return on investment for cycling is $3.88 for every dollar spent - in net economic benefits over 30 years.
The strategy’s aim is to double the number of people cycling in Australia by 2016. This is an ambitious target to set, but it is important to aim high when setting goals. The stated aim of the strategy is achievable with the cooperative approach that the NCS 2011-16 has set with its six key priorities and objectives.
The NCS 2011-16 sets out a framework of six key priorities: cycling promotion, infrastructure and facilities, integrated planning, safety, monitoring and evaluation, and guidance and best practice. These key priorities have generic actions that can be applied within states, territories and local governments in accordance with community aspirations, priorities and available resources.
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