In April 2017 the Australian Bicycle Council published the National Cycling Strategy Implementation Report 2016 which outlines the progress made on the National Cycling Strategy in 2016.
In this, the sixth year of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16:
- Australian states and territories invested $122.3 million in cycling related infrastructure, education and promotion in 2015-16.
- Programs that encouraged short trips included Ride2School (Vic, Tas, NT, ACT), Your Move (Qld) Cycle Instead (SA), Your Move (WA) and Active Streets (ACT).
- Planning for cycling continues to be integrated into wider government policy published in 2016, with both walking and cycling forming key components of the Smart Cities Plan (Australia), the Great Sydney Commission District Plans (NSW), 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy (Vic), Perth Transport Plan (WA) and NT Land Use Plans (NT).
- Several jurisdictictions also released bicycle strategies or updated cycling plans, with the Queensland Government releasing six Principal Cycle Network Plans and the Western Australian Government releasing their Long Term Cycling Network Plan.
- The Australian Transport Assessment and Planning Guidelines were released which included, for the first time, mode-specific guidance that provides parameters that can be used for the assessment of active travel projects.
- Rider fatalities were heavily skewed towards older riders, with the average age being 58 years. Of the 29 bicycle riders killed in 2016, 86% were aged over 40 years and 55% were aged over 60 years. This result is particularly significant given that cycling participation in Australia has been shown to decrease significantly with age.
While the National Cycling Strategy was due to finish at the end of 2016, the strategy has been extended until the end of the 2017 calendar year. This provides an opportunity to conduct the fourth National Cycling Participation Survey in 2017. The future national approach to cycling (and walking) will be determined in 2017.