Voting opens for London Cycling Awards 2013

Over 2500 nominations have been made in just two weeks and have now been narrowed down to a shortlist of three in each category (see the full list below).

Vote for your winners today

The shortlist includes Olympian and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, new British clothing company Vulpine, and Andrew Gilligan, the new Cycling Commissioner for London.

The awards, in association with the London Evening Standard, are a celebration of cycling in the capital, showcasing ground-breaking new cycling initiatives, recognising the coolest cycling brands, and highlighting the best community and youth cycling projects. 

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "The thousands of nominations show just how much excitement surrounds cycling in the capital.

"Voting is now open for Londoners to cast their votes and applaud the people and the brands who’ve most inspired them over the last year.”

Winners will be announced by the face of ITV's Tour de France coverage, Ned Boulting, at a glitzy ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, on 8 May.

Voting in the five public categories will run from 18th April until 1st May, with a further five awards being decided by LCC’s panel of experts.

London Cycling Awards 2013 shortlist

Best Brand

  • Vulpine: New clothing brand whose classy gear and cycling events have captured the imagination.
  • Specialized: Fabulous bikes and equipment suitable for the smallest and the deepest pockets.
  • Rapha: Quality clothing with a retro feel, now providing kit to highly competitive Team Sky pros.

Best Cycling Champion

  • Bradley Wiggins: Sporting hero to millions for winning Tour de France yellow and Olympic gold. 
  • Andrew Gilligan: The new Cycling Commissioner, helping ensure the Mayor's future plans Go Dutch.
  • Jenni Gwiazdowski: Runs the fabulous London Bike Kitchen, empowering people to fix their own kit.

Best Cycling Communication

  • Cycling Weekly: Britain's only cycling weekly, which is renowned for sports coverage and campaigns.
  • The Guardian Bike Blog: Quality articles on cycling issues, edited by respected broadsheet journos.
  • road.cc: In-depth and up-to-date online coverage of cycling campaigns, news, people and products.

Best Product

  • Brompton folding bicycle: One of the best compact folders in the world, and still built in London.
  • Knog Blinder lights: Cool designs, highly visible, easy to use, and great value for money.
  • Schwalbe London series tyres: Tried-and-tested German engineering with a London twist.

 

Best Retailer

  • Brixton Cycles: A workers co-op that's an integral part of the London cycling landscape.
  • Velorution: Has a loyal following with two stores selling high-end products at great prices.
  • Cycle Surgery: Londonwide chain that somehow manages to feel like your local bike shop.

Vote for your winners today

London Cycling Award panel votes

These are the nominees for the panel awards. The winners will be decided by a panel of LCC experts, and announced on Wed 8 May:

Best Borough Cycling Project

  • Two-way cycling on one-way streets in Camden and the City of London: A programme of returning one-way streets to two-way, allowing cycling in both directions again. 
  • Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub: Secure cycle parking and cycle hire facility.
  • NHS Greenwich Bike Loan Scheme: Free cycle loan and training to improve health of local residents.

Best Community Project

  • London Bike Kitchen: DIY bike workshop offering loan of tools and hands on advice.
  • Poplar HARCA Re(sidents) Cycling Project Cycle Fun: Free loan bikes to local residents.
  • Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Cycle FUN:  work with physically inactive residents, alcohol recovery organisations and mental health and disability groups to improve social interaction, build confidence and health through cycling.

Best London Cycling Initiative

  • Stagecoach on-bike cyclist-awareness training for bus drivers: Training existing and new drivers to enable bus drivers to empathise with people on bicycles and understand how to minimise the risk while sharing the road
  • Sustrans Connect 2, London Schemes: Infrastructure initiatives that overcome barriers to cycling and walking including new bridges (South Bermondsey, Mile End Park and Hornchurch), improved crossings, paths and on road routes.
  • TfL Procurement Policy for Safer Lorries: Requirement for all subcontractors to comply to an HGV cyclist’s safety code including driver training, and sensors and/or cameras.

Best Schools Cycling Project

  • Hackney Bike around the Borough: ride involving over 300 children from 17 schools who come together for a 10-mile route around Hackney
  • 'Try Cycling Project', Tyssen School, Hackney:
  • 'Whole School Cycling', Virginia Primary School, Tower Hamlets: cycle training,  bike loan, rides, maintenance and cycling for parents. 

Best Workplace Initiative 

  • Heathrow Cycle Hub: catering for airport staff and businesses on the airport boundary offering cycle purchase scheme, free cycle maintenance, maintenance training and emergency call-outs for mechanical problems. 
  • UR on ur Bike, University of Roehampton: Cycle hire scheme, cycle promotion and led rides for staff and students.
  • Cycle Parking Facility, Guardian Media Group: over 200 secure cycle parking spaces, with showers, tools and clothing lockers.