Cycle Friendly Awards - History

  Cycle-Friendly Award Trophy
Example Cycle Friendly Award Trophy

The Cycle Friendly Awards were devised by CAN and have been running since 2003. The purpose of the Awards is 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 major sponsor gets added to the Awards title each year in recognition of their contribution.

The awards run annually towards the end of the year. There are several categories, and in each category there are finalists. Category winners are announced during an Awards function.


A panel of judges uses criteria to individually asses the nominations. Combining the judges scores determines the winner. The following criteria are used:

  • Coverage
    • number of people potentially affected
  • Success to date
    • of initiatives / person in encouraging cycling
  • Potential
    • applicability to other locations / organisations / commitment by person
  • Innovation
    • relative uniqueness & innovation of initiative / person's action in NZ


Nominations have now been called for the 2012-14 Awards to be presented at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference in Nelson on 29-31 October 2014.

The following pages summarise winners and finalists:

The following links and the attachments below give access to previous awards presentations:


Cycle Friendly Awards Wikipedia post

AwardsPresentn2003.pdf1.71 MB
AwardsPresentn2004.pdf913.12 KB
AwardsPresentation2005.pdf677.3 KB
AwardsPresentn2006.pdf447.51 KB