BMX bike club among London Cycling Award winners
Credit: Lionel Shapiro
A BMX bike club’s “outreach programme” which shows pupils the thrills and enjoyment of cycling was among the top winners in this year’s London Cycling Awards. Under the outreach scheme, in Hillingdon, school children were given the chance to discover the challenges and learn the skills of BMX cycling. Pupils who participated in the project described it as “fantastic”.
The programme won the award for Best Cycling Initiative for Young People or Children at the London Cycling Campaign’s annual meeting on Wednesday November 22. The project was organised by the Hayes Hawks BMX club, which is based in Hillingdon, and funded by Transport for London (TfL). Two other projects received Highly Commended awards in the same category: The Cycle Saturation Project at St John’s Catholic Primary School in the borough of Southwark and Cycle Training at John Ball School in Blackheath.
Other winners in LCC's London Cycling Awards were:
Pollards Hill Cyclists - winner of the Best Community Cycling Initiative category.
The south London club, which organises regular rides, was praised for reaching out to new and returning cyclists. Mark Dawson, who founded the club, has been praised for his “dynamic” enthusiasm and for the friendly and scenic rides.
A cycle course for Peckham women run by Southwark Cyclists, which has trained a high proportion of women with little or no cycling experience, and STA Bikes, an organisation which promotes cycling in Hackney, were both Highly Commended in this category.
A road scheme with provision for cyclists and pedestrians on Blackfriars Bridge was winner of the Best Cycle Facility category.
The project, by Transport for London’s City Team, was praised for using “world-class” engineering measures to improve the crossing for road users.
A contraflow cycle track linking Waterloo Bridge and Belvedere Road, from Lambeth Transport, and a new street scheme, from the Borough of Islington, improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians at Highbury Place in north London were Highly Commended in this category.
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust - winner of the Best Workplace Cycling Initiative category. The trust was praised by judges for its cycling action plan and cycle training,
Workplace cycle schemes at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust and the London Development Agency’s premises in Southwark were Highly Commended in this category.
There were more than 30 entries for the awards, highlighting the breadth and quality of projects in London to encourage cycling. Judges described this year’s entries as "outstanding".
Tom Bogdanowicz, campaigns manager of LCC, said: “These award winners show the excellent work being done across London to encourage more cycling and provide better cycling facilities. Projects like these play a vital role in building on the significant increases in cycling in London.”