The London Cycling Campaign has announced the winners of its London Cycling Awards, designed to recognise projects and events which help the cause of cycling in the capital.
Unsurprisingly the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme receives due recognition but there are also awards for more modest projects which have contributed to increasing the profile, accessibility and safety of cycling in London.
Best Cycle Facility:
Winner: Transport for London and Mayor of London
Project: Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme
The biggest award offered by LCC went to the project whose impact on London’s cycling landscape is difficult overstate. With a well over a million journeys already completed the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme continues to go from strength to strength and the LCC admitted that giving it the top prize was a “no-brainer.”
City of London, Two-way streets and removal of Mansion House one-way system
London Borough of Lewisham: Ravensbourne Greenway
London Borough of Camden and Cyclehoop: Cyclehoops in Camden
Best Community Cycling Initiative
Winner: Tower Hamlets Cycling Club
Project: Tower Hamlets Cycling Club
While the Tower Hamlets Cycling Club has been in existence for some years, in 2009 it expanded ro include pool bikes for those without their own machines and this year has been used by 350 members of which 200 were children.
Bike Works: All-Ability Cycling Club
Sustrans and Tower Hamlets Partnership: Oceans 11
Best Cycling Initiative for Younger People and Children
Winner: Streets of Growth
Project: Recycle bike restoration project
The Streets of Growth takes unclaimed bikes provided by the Met Police and sees them refurbished by East London teenagers unable to afford a bike but keen to learn new skills. Once they refurbish the bikes under expert guidance, they keep them and gain accreditation in Level 1 AQA Bike Maintenance.
London Borough of Hounslow: Longford school
Best workplace cycling initiative
Winner: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Project: Tower Hamlets Cycle User Group
The borough devised a comprehensive set of initiatives to enable a
large number of the workforce to cycle including pool bikes, parking,
social rides and a newcomers’ welcome pack.
Crisis UK: Crisis UK Cycling Initiative 2010
BskyB: New Horizons Court shower facility
Best non-competitive cycling event
Joint winners: Simon Legg; Teddington Travel to Work Network
Events: Friday Night Ride To The Coast; Teddington Bike to Work Week
The Friday Night Ride To The Coast is a monthly guided ride starting at Hyde Park on the night of each full moon, with riders travelling to coastal towns for a slap-up breakfast.
Teddington Bike to Work Week organised two excellent events in June to spark the enthusiasm of hundreds of staff at ten workplaces.
Hackney Council: Hackney Schools' Bike Week Big Breakfast
London Cyclist Special Award:
Winner: London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham/Serco
Project: Lorry driver training
Lorries make up just five percent of the traffic in London, but are involved in more than half the cyclist fatalities. A key strand in LCC’s 'No More Lethal Lorries campaign is driver training - putting lorry drivers on bikes, on the roads, so they can understand the conditions cyclists face, and become safer drivers.