New Zealand’s top cycling projects to be recognised in national awards

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Bike to the Future Awards 2018

New Zealand’s best cycling projects will be recognised as nominations open for the 2018 Bike to the Future Awards  – with refreshed award categories to better reflect the sector.

The awards are a joint initiative between Cycling Action Network (CAN) and the NZ Transport Agency, aimed at recognising the people and projects contributing to a more bike-friendly New Zealand.

As the public’s perception of cycling is changing, the award categories have been amended this year. Changes to the award categories include the ‘Built Excellence Award’, the ‘Revolutionary Award’ and the ‘Bikes at Work and School Award’.

The review of some categories was necessary to recognise important work being done across the cycling sector, in particular the growing number of events, engagement projects, and education programmes that are helping to change how cycling is perceived.

The Revolutionary Award is a catch all category and celebrates initiatives and events which have educated, inspired, celebrated, promoted or encouraged cycling.

Sector experts, advocates, workplaces, schools, and community groups across the country are encouraged to nominate projects or individuals, which are contributing towards creating a more bike-friendly culture. The awards are a great opportunity to recognise the dedication and contribution to cycling from people and organisations across the country.

The Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project in Māngere, Auckland won last year’s Supreme Award. This community transformation made streets safer and easier for people to travel around, especially by cycling or walking.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference dinner in Palmerston North on 31 July.

If you know of a project or person who deserves recognition, you can nominate them at www.nzta.govt.nz/biketothefutureawards.

Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday 26 April 2018.