The winners of the inaugural CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards have been announced. Four special trophies were presented on Friday 10 October at a dinner held at the NZ Cycling Conference being held in the Bruce Mason Centre, North Shore City.

The four winning organisations are:
Best cycle facility project: Porirua City Council (Ara Harakeke Pathway)
Best cycling promotion: Bike Wise (National Bike Wise Week 2003)
Cycle-friendly commitment by business: Cycle Surgery, Dunedin (child cycling skills programme)
Cycle-friendly commitment by public organisation: SPARC (Cycle Friendly Employer resources)

Devised by national organisation the Cycling Advocates Network and supported by SPARC through its Active Workplaces scheme, 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. Sixteen nominations were received for the Awards.

Award winners received certificates from SPARC, together with a trophy consisting of a bicycle bell mounted on an engraved plaque.

The CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards will be given out annually.


The twelve finalists for the CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards were:

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: 
Sunday, 12 October, 2003