Initiative recognised for positive impact on the community

The Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme in London has won a European award for the bank that sponsors it.

Barclays’ success at the  European Sponsorship Awards, held in Amsterdam last week, came in the Business to Community category.

In their citation, judges from awards organisers the European Sponsorship Association said: “The simplicity and effectiveness of the Barclays Cycle Hire campaign made it the deserving winner.

“Its impact on the community was tremendous; it met a range of business objectives and was also credited for its longer term plans.”

It’s the 15th award that to have been won since July 2011 in the transport, marketing and sponsorship sectors by the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme and Barclays Cycle Superhighways.

The latter initiative, however, has of course come under the spotlight in recent weeks following the deaths of two cyclists at the Bow Roundabout, where Cycle Superhighway 7 finishes.

As a result, Mayor Boris Johnson has ordered a review of all junctions on the flagship routes.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


don_don [149 posts] 6 years ago

Not everyone agrees on the community benefits of the Barclays hire scheme:


Its also worth reading the other articles on urban bicycle networks on this site.

dave atkinson [6349 posts] 6 years ago

That's more 'not as good as it could be for communities', not 'bad for communities', I'd say. Certainly the scaled down network that focuses on routes into the city is a missed opportunity in terms of more localised cycling uptake. but 'bad for communities'? worse than not having it?