Finalists in the inaugural CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards have just been announced. The twelve projects include cycle racks for patrons at Sierra cafe in Takapuna, Christchurch City Council's Colombo St cycle lanes, National Bike Wise Week 2003, and a model cycling strategy developed by Environment Canterbury.

Devised by national organisation the Cycling Advocates Network and supported by SPARC, the CAN 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.

Nominations were called for in four categories: best cycle facility project, best cycling promotion, cycle-friendly commitment by a business and cycle-friendly commitment by a public organisation.

Sixteen nominations were received. One of the judges, CAN chairperson Jane Dawson, said they were pleased with the response in this first year of the awards. "We were impressed with the quality of the projects, and pleased that nominations came from all over the country" said Ms Dawson.

The final prize winners in each category will be announced at the fourth NZ Cycling Conference on October 10th. Winners will receive a certificate and an appropriately designed trophy.


The finalists for the CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards are (in no particular order) as follows:

Best cycle facility project:
- Christchurch City Council (Colombo St cycle lanes)
- Porirua City Council (Ara Harakeke Pathway)
- Christchurch City Council (Living Streets Programme)

Best cycling promotion:
- Waimakariri District Council ('Don't burst the bubble' campaign)
- Bike Wise (National Bike Wise Week 2003)
- Christchurch City Council ('Lighten Up' campaign)

Cycle-friendly commitment by business:
- Ground Effect, Christchurch (various initiatives)
- Sierra Cafe, Takapuna (cycle racks for patrons)
- Cycle Surgery, Dunedin (child cycling skills programme)

Cycle-friendly commitment by public organisation:
- Environment Canterbury (model cycling strategy)
- SPARC (Cycle Friendly Employer resources)
- Christchurch City Council (cycling strategy implementation)

For more information, contact Jane Dawson, CAN Chairperson, on 04-385 2557; or Glen Koorey, CAN Technical & Policy Adviser, on 027-454 3085

The Cycling Advocates' Network of NZ (CAN) Inc is this country's national network of cycling advocate groups. It is a voice for all non-competitive cyclists - recreational, commuter and touring. We work with central government and local authorities, on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. We have affiliated groups and individual members throughout the country, and links with overseas cycling organisations. In addition, several national/regional/local government authorities, transportation consultancies, and cycle industry businesses are supporting organisations.


Robert Ibell
Campaigns & PR Secretary
Cycling Advocates Network of NZ Inc.
PO Box 6491, Auckland, NZ
Tel/Fax: +64-4-385 2557

Release Date: 
Thursday, 2 October, 2003