The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has opened nominations for its London Cycling Awards 2013, and is inviting those who cycle in the capital to put forward names of people or organisations they think should make the shortlist. The awards, overhauled for 2013, are being staged in partnership with the London Evening Standard.
The winners will be announced on 8 May at an awards ceremony at St Martin In The Fields, Trafalgar Square, with ITV4 cycling presenter Ned Boulting hosting the evening.
Announcing the new-look awards, with individual categories sponsored by companies including Brompton, Cyclehoop and Madison, LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said: "We’re calling on Londoners to nominate their favourite retailers, products, projects and initiatives, to celebrate the champions of cycling in the capital.
“There's never been so much excitement around cycling in our great city, and these promise to be the best London Cycling Awards ever."
Nominations will be open until midnight on 16 April, and are invited in ten categories through an online form you can find here.
The winners of the following five, once nominees have been announced, will then be determined by public vote, the first time LCC has taken that approach:
1. BEST BIKE BRAND
The cycling brand that has done the most to popularise cycling in London
2. BEST CYCLING CHAMPION
The award to an individual or organisation for outstanding efforts to champion cycling
3. BEST CYCLING COMMUNICATION
The best publication, campaign, article, graphic or online tool that helped promote cycling in London
4. BEST PRODUCT
The best quality or most innovative cycling product, clothing or accessory
5. BEST RETAILER
The independent, chain or online retailer offering the best shopping experience either through service, atmosphere, location, value, or range of products
In the other five categories, the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. For those categories, which are listed below, LCC asks people to outline on the nomination form why they believe their choice is deserving of an award.
6. BEST COMMUNITY PROJECT
The project that has most successfully inspired communities in London to cycle more
7. BEST BOROUGH CYCLING PROJECT
The award to acknowledge the London borough cycling programme that has best engaged with local residents and delivered real behaviour change
8. BEST LONDON CYCLING INITIATIVE
The project that has most enhanced the experience of cycling in the capital
9. BEST SCHOOLS CYCLING PROJECT
The best project run in a London school getting children of any age cycling
10. BEST WORKPLACE INITIATIVE
The award for the business or organisation that has best engaged with employees to promote and encourage cycling
LCC is asking supporters to spread news that the awards nominations are open through Facebook and Twitter.
After the nomination pricess closes on 16 April, a shortlist will be drawn up for the five categories going to public vote, which will be open from 19 April to 1 May.
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.