Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 ThumbnailWinners for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced today.

Winners for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced. Out of twenty-nine nominations the winners are as follows:

Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project:

  • New Plymouth District Council for Foreshore Coastal Pathway

NZ Transport  Agency Award for Best Cycling Promotion:

  • Tauranga City Council for Kids Can Ride – for life

NZ Transport  Agency Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Business:

  • Bike Central for Cyclist Services/Facilities at Britomart Transport Centre

ViaStrada Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation:

  • NZTA for Bike Wise Week

Boulter Consulting Award for Cycling Champion of the Year:

  • Robert Ibell - Chair of Cycling Advocates Network


The prize winners in each category were announced at a ceremony in Christchurch on Friday 3rd October. The Minister of Commerce, the Hon Lianne Dalziel, presented the awards to the finalists and winners. The winners received a uniquely designed “bicycle-bell” trophy and certificate.

Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel says the New Zealand government is encouraging people and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint as far as possible.  "On an individual level people can make a big difference by leaving the car at home and, as much as possible, choosing to cycle, walk or take public transport for everyday journeys."

Now in their sixth 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 Gemini Bicycles.  The Awards are supported by the Ministry of Transport.  The Award ceremony is supported by Environment Canterbury and category sponsors are Avanti, NZ Transport Agency, ViaStrada and Boulter Consulting. Early nominators were entered into a draw towin a $150 voucher from cycle clothing company Ground Effect.

For more information, contact Awards Co-ordinator Gaz Sanvicens on 021 0231 5758.

Refer also to the Awards' history page.

Release Date: 
Friday, 3 October, 2008