The NZTA Cycle Friendly Awards 2014
Winners Gold handed out for NZ's top walking and cycling champions
Gold medal Olympian cyclist Sarah Ulmer and Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown tonight recognised New Zealand's top champions for walking and cycling, when the winners of the national walking and cycling awards were announced at the 2WALKandCYCLE 2014 Conference in Nelson.
Awards coordinator Dirk de Lu says the Awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for better walking and cycling by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practise and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking and cycling.
Dirk says it bodes well for New Zealand that finalists for the awards came from all over New Zealand.
"New Zealand is increasingly recognising the valuable role walking and cycling plays in keeping our communities healthy, green and safe, and this is evident in the wonderful efforts we're seeing nationwide to support these travel choices.
"The judges have had a hard time to decide because of the high quality of the entries and the high number of finalists. We warmly congratulate the winners - the bar was set very high and their success is thoroughly deserved."
The winners are as follows:
Cycle Advocates Network (CAN) Cycle Friendly Awards 2014, supported by NZ Transport Agency
More information on the winners and finalists, and contact details for the entrants, can be found at the below link:
ViaStrada award for Cycle Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation
Dunedin City Mayor and Councillors
CAN award for Best Cycle Facility Project
St Vincent Street Cycle Way, Nelson
CAN award for Best Cycling Promotion
Cycling's the Go Summer Programme, Auckland
CAN award for Cycle Friendly Commitment by a Business
NZ Bus Road User Workshop
CAN award for Cycle Champion
Dr. Glen Koorey
Auckland Transport award for Best Joint Walking and Cycling Project
Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium
Living Streets Aotearoa Golden Foot Awards:
Best Walking Facility 2014
New Plymouth District Council, Let's Go Streets Project
Golden Foot Best Walking Promotion 2014
New Plymouth District Council, Let's Go School Travel Planning
Golden Foot Best Walking Project 2014
Christchurch City Council & Recreation and Sport Unit, The Breeze Walking Festival
Uli Neumann, co-convenor of the conference, says the committee is honoured to have Sarah Ulmer and Celia Wade Brown presenting the awards.
"Sarah and Celia have really gone above and beyond in bringing walking and cycling to the fore throughout New Zealand, and I know they will be thrilled at the calibre of the finalists."
Celia, who also founded Living Streets Aotearoa, says the Golden Foot Awards have gone from strength to strength in recent years.
"Walking is the invisible glue that binds a successful city together. Walking underpins economic success, equity, physical and mental health. Modern progressive cities ask "Is our city walkable?"
"I'm delighted to see so many steps towards a positive culture for people on foot, of all ages and all speeds, for utility and recreation. "
Celia and Sarah are also speaking at the conference,
2WALKandCYCLE is New Zealand's conference for better walking and cycling for everyday transport, recreation and tourism. Nelson is expected to be buzzing with engineers, transport planners, students, local politicians and academics converging on the picturesque city, which is regarded by many as New Zealand's walking and cycling capital
For more information on the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference, visit http://www.2walkandcycle.org.nz/
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