The prize winners in each category were announced at a ceremony in New Plymouth on Thursday 12th November. The Member of Parliament for New Plymouth, the Hon Jonathan Young (on behalf of the Minister, Steven Joyce), presented the awards. The winners received a uniquely designed “bicycle-bell” trophy and certificate.
The Prime Minister, Hon John Key, said “I am delighted to have been selected as a finalist for this event and send my very best wishes and thanks, to CAN and all involved.” Due to the fact that he is overseas at the time of the Award ceremony, the Prime Minister was unable to join us on this occasion.
Now in their seventh year, the Cycle-Friendly Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate some of the most notable achievements in the country that are helping to promote cycling and to create a cycle-friendly environment. The Awards are devised by the Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN), the national organisation promoting everyday cycling.
The lead sponsor is CAN and other sponsors are Avanti, NZ Transport Agency, ViaStrada, Taranaki Regional Council and Ground Effect.
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Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project:
Waitakere City Council for Twin Streams Walking & Cycleway
The nearly 10 kilometres of shared paths that are the Project Twin Streams walk and cycleways follow streams that lead into key town centres in Waitakere. They serve as a major backbone for the wider active mode transport network in their areas.
NZTA Award for Best Cycling Promotion:
Frocks On Bikes, Welllington for Frocks On Bikes
Frocks, where your ordinary clothes are the right “gear” for biking, is a new high profile cycling movement taking Aotearoa cities by storm. The Wellington originators have created novel, fun, glamorous bike events for wearing skirts and dresses, such as Frocktober, summer outings, and women's bike maintenance classes.
NZTA Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Business:
Fullers Ferries for Fullers’ Integrated Ferry and Bus Service
Fullers cycling initiatives began a decade ago, and are now evident in the wide and expanding range of services provided by the company; the approachable and responsive stance of the companyís management, and can-do friendly attitude demonstrated towards cyclists on a daily basis by Fullers' deck crews.
ViaStrada Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation:
Police Nelson & Nelson City Council for Bobbies on Bikes
Bobbies on Bikes was set up as a joint initiative between Nelson City Council and local Police.
Putting police on bikes sends a powerful signal about the practicality of cycling for getting around and about the legitimacy of cyclists as road users. to primarily promote cycle safety but has many other benefits. Police officers ride cycles as a part of their normal duty, engage with the community, gain empathy for cyclists and promote safe cycling at the same time.
Taranaki Regional Council Award for Cycling Champion of the Year:
Bevan Woodward – Auckland Harbour Bridge 50th Anniversary Event
Bevan organised a campaign that resulted in a group of up to 5000 Aucklanders, young and old, massing at the foot of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on its 50th anniversary, demonstrating a huge groundswell of support for the two halves of Auckland to be accessed by foot and bike over the Bridge.