News release from Cycle Aware Wellington, 3 December 2013

Roll On Wellington Awards reward the best of cycling

Mountain bike instructor Ashley Burgess has been named as Wellington's favourite cyclist, for her efforts in encouraging women and girls onto bikes.

Cycle Aware Wellington presented the Roll On Wellington Awards today, showcasing the best and brightest of cycling in Wellington.

Spokesperson James Burgess says Ashley's enthusiasm, energy and passion made her a clear winner.

"Ashley has been described as a sparkplug, champagne personified, and a smiley face on wheels. Her work with Revolve, WORD and Pedal Ready made her a huge crowd favourite."

Cycle-friendly workplaces are also winning awards from the Wellington cycling community, with Statistics NZ among the best.

"Statistics NZ and other employers have gone the extra mile to make cycling an easy choice for their staff, by providing bike racks, secure garage, lockers, and changing rooms."

Roll on Wellington Awards 2013

1. Most cycle-friendly shop: iRIDE, Thorndon Quay
"Excellent, informed and friendly service, super workshop and no hard sell."
iRIDE Cycle Store has a cafe in a bike shop - what more could you want? There is plenty of bike parking, discounts on coffee if you are a member of the club - and no problems wearing cycle shoes here.

Highly commended: New World Island Bay and New World Chaffers

2. Most cycle friendly café: Pura Vida, Thorndon Quay
"Bike parking right outside - and inside too for that matter. Yummy, healthy food. Great coffee."

Highly commended: Floyd's Cafe, Island Bay; Salvation, Adelaide Rd; Mud Cycles, Karori

3. Most room for improvement: Hutt Road and Thorndon Quay
"The Hutt Rd shared path is narrow, riddled with posts, bus shelters and driveway crossing points, and is often cluttered with parked vehicles and signs. Thorndon Quay has angle parks and inconsiderate drivers = death alley."

4. Best cycling infrastructure: Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
"A lot of awesome trails catering for all abilities, only a few minutes from the CBD"

Highly commended: Wellington waterfront: "no traffic, excellent views."

5. Most cycle friendly employer: Statistics New Zealand
"Good facilities. Bike racks, secure garage, lockers, changing rooms."
Statistics NZ House has 28 bike racks, 70 lockers, and 7 showers. A huge number of people cycle or walk or jog to work each day. This is the perfect set-up for encouraging active modes of transport.

6. Favourite public transport personality: Hiria Walters from Tranz Metro. "Very helpful and accommodating to me and bike every day of the week. Has a fabulous sense of humour, and rules the train with her easy no-nonsense style."

Highly commended: Paul Baylis, Go Wellington
"Best, most safety conscious driver in the city. Truly lives the ethos of 'share the road'."

7. Best anything you like: Ashley Burgess
for her efforts with WORD, Revolve and Pedal Ready.

Highly commended: Love Cycling campaign, Journey magazine, Dirt Merchants, and Frocks on Bikes

Contact: James Burgess, tel 021 565 633, Cycle Aware Wellington,

Ashley Burgess tel 021 026 48153
Revolve Cycling
Pedal Ready