London Cycling Awards Panel Vote Winners

The winners of the following awards were nominated by the public and then shortlisted by the London Cycling Campaign.  

BEST COMMUNITY PROJECT - The project that has most successfully inspired communities in London to cycle more. 

Winner: London Bike Kitchen

Nestled in a former DIY shop on Whitmore Road in Hackney, the London Bike Kitchen, now approaching 500 members, is an open workshop where you can fix your bike yourself rather than handing it over to someone else. With a full library of tools, plus friendly, helpful staff to guide you through your repairs, the idea behind the venture is to promote self-reliance, and (quite literally) give people the tools to help themselves. LBK also offer maintenance classes, drop-in sessions, women and gender-variant (WaG) night, and work with young people. 

Highly Commended: Poplar HARCA Re(sidents) Cycling Programme:

The project encourages infrequent, lapsed or new cyclists amongst black, minority ethnic groups and low income families in East London, to use bikes as a means of transport for whom owning and riding a bike is not the norm.  92 local residents have so far benefited from loan bikes available from HARCS’s 6 major Neighbourhood Centre and gained cycle confidence through training and led rides. 

Highly Commended: Tottenham Hotspur Foundation CycleFUN:  

CycleFUN used the hook of a premier league football club to inspire 446 Haringey residents to get back on a bike or learn to ride a bike for the first time. Participants targeted include physically inactive residents, alcohol recovery organisations, mental health organisations and day centres that support adults with learning disabilities in the east of the borough. The project delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides access to bikes, helmets and coaching – free of charge, and focused on building participant’s self-esteem and confidence. 

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. 

Joint Winners: Camden two-way cycling on one-way streets and City of London two-way cycling on one-way streets

Camden two-way cycling on one-way streets 

Camden Council has recognised that one-way streets create barriers to cycling. Allowing two-way cycling on many streets in a wide area can make a whole neighbourhood permeable for cyclists travelling in any direction, allowing people the freedom to choose their most direct route. In consultation with Camden Cycling Campaign increasing the through routes was made a priority in the borough’s Transport Strategy. Working closely with local residents and stakeholders the opening up of one-way streets was included in plans to improve whole areas. The cycling schemes are complete in four areas (Kings Cross, Camden Town, Fitrovia and West Hampstead). Three more will be completed this year.

City of London two-way cycling on one-way streets:

The City of London is fully committed to improving the streets for cyclists. A significant part of this is the continued programme to convert one-way streets into two-way for cyclists, creating new quiet routes. The programme aims to convert all feasible one-way streets by 2016/17; some 100 in all. Over the last couple of years, the City has changed over 50 one-way streets. The cost of conversion is very low but the outcome has been highly successful and supported by many. The benefits include, amongst other things, improved safety, reduced journey times and reduced distances. 

Highly commended: Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub: 

Four new shelters providing 123 cycle stands, a new integrated taxi shelter and a Brompton cycle Hire Dock have opened up cycling to a whole new audience. The project benefits not only cyclists but also users of Haven Green, pedestrians and people waiting for taxis.  Cycle parking in the area has increased by 89% with 88% of spaces filled.  The Brompton Dock has over 140 members and thanks to CCTV and secure parking cycle theft levels have dropped 32% since opening.

Highly Commended: NHS Greenwich Bike Loan Scheme: 

NHS Greenwich piloted a cycle loan scheme in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, with the aim of increasing the number of people taking part in recreational and utility cycling. The loan of the bike was offered at £10 for one month and cycle training offered.  During the first six months 154 participants completed the programme with 33% of participants cycled for at least 2.5 hours per week and a total of 69% of participants used the bike more than 1 hour per week.

BEST LONDON CYCLING INITIATIVE - The project that has most enhanced the experience of cycling in the capital

Winner: Transport for London Procurement Policy for Safer Lorries.

To reduce danger for cyclists from lorries Transport for London (TfL) comprehensively rewrote its purchasing policies in April 2012. Contract conditions now include responsibility for minimising on-road risk to cyclists and other road users. TfL will only employ transport companies whose drivers have had on-bike cyclist-awareness training. Its lorries will have the best available safety equipment. TfL is also promoting this policy to all London councils and companies, publishing guidance and a 'toolkit' explaining how every organisation in London can follow its lead. These initiatives run in parallel with our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign.

Highly commended: Sustrans Connect 2 - London Schemes: 

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and local partners, seven Connect2 schemes overcome barriers to cycling and walking - ranging from new bridges (South Bermondsey, Mile End Park and Hornchurch) to improved crossings, paths and on-road routes. Sustrans reconnected Paddington Green to the Station and canal basin with a new ramp. In Tottenham, Croydon and at Finsbury Park traffic lanes were converted to shared cycle and footway, along with new wide crossings over busy main roads. 

Highly commended: On-bike cycle awareness training for Stagecoach bus drivers: 

Stagecoach London and Cycle Training UK (CTUK) worked together on a joint ‘Safe Urban Driving’ initiative to enable bus drivers to empathise with people on bicycles and to minimise the risk whilst sharing road space by developing the first CPC ‘on-bike’ training delivered in-house by bus driver trainers. Five Stagecoach London driver trainers are now National Standard qualified cycle instructors and have piloted a session and intend to start running Driver Cycle Awareness training for their new and existing drivers at the West Ham depot in the summer.

BEST SCHOOLS CYCLING PROJECT - The best project run in a London school getting children of any age cycling. 

Winner: Bike Around the Borough (BATB), London Borough of Hackney

BATB 2012, was attended by over 322 participants, with 240 pupils from 17 schools, an increase from 181 participants in 2011. All Hackney pupils (year 5 or older recommended) were invited to participate in the 9 mile mass bike ride around the borough using some of Hackney’s main roads! A key objectives is for pupils to practice on-road cycling skills learned through national standards cycle training, while experiencing first-hand how easy and fun it is to get across the borough by bike. Teachers are also trained to be ride marshals to help lead their school group in the mass ride which has the effect of increasing local capacity and skills for future rides. 

Highly commended: Whole School Cycling, Tyssen School

Cycle Training starts early here, with taster sessions at nursery and playground control skills for Years 3 & 4. Years 5 & 6 receive on-road training where strong riders take to busier roads through the Transition Project to encourage pupils to consider cycling to their secondary school. 108 participating in National Standards cycle training, while 128 were participating in the Transition Project and Bike Across The Borough. After-school cycling projects include a Family Cycling Club, a newly instigated Mothers & Daughters Cycling Club which is open to the local community, and a Staff Cycling Project to build confidence among staff wanting to cycle.

Highly commended: Maze Try Cycling Project, Virginia Primary School:  

After basic Bikeability training the pupils enthusiastically requested more cycling and as a result through a pro-active vision from Head Teacher Kate Gooding, cycling permeates the whole school empowering both pupils and families. Pupils enjoy Cycle clubs, Morning maintenance sessions, School wide cycle assemblies, School wide competition to design a Cycle Champion Yellow Jersey. Parents participation was central to the success with a  Family Open Day featuring maintenance and BMX for pupils and parents with a bike raffle, Cycle Hire, Parental cycle training culminating to feature a group lead ride and 'picnic in the park’.

BEST WORKPLACE INITIATIVE - The award for the business or organisation that has best engaged with employees to promote and encourage cycling. . Award logo and sponsor logo.

Winner: The Heathrow Cycle Hub: 

The Heathrow Cycle Hub, with over 1700 members, caters for airport staff and businesses on the airport boundary and has given cycling to work a much greater profile. The hub offers free cycle maintenance, discount of cycle equipment and spares, maintenance training, cycle purchase scheme, and free emergency call outs in the event of a mechanical problem.  The results speak for themselves:  the workshop has serviced 1105 bikes, held 29 free cycle maintenance courses, and provided 20 safe secure cycle lockers. The introduction of the Heathrow Cycle Hub has contributed to an increase in cycling to work trips by 44.7%. 

Highly commended: University of Roehampton

A wide range of initiatives to promote staff and student cycling including bike hire, promotion, over 200 sheltered cycle parking spaces and showers for cyclists. They’ve also introduced a bike registration scheme, Cyclescheme staff bike purchase and bike alarm and lock hire schemes.

Highly commended: Cycle Parking Facility, The Guardian: 

The Guardian's cycle parking is enviable and delivers results. Approximately 200 bikes can be locked in the vertical style round bike pods each holding around 10 bikes. Next to the parking are both showers and lockers along with a track pump and tool kit. Thanks to the convenient and fully secure cycle park approximately 25% of the staff cycle in in the summer when the racks are close to full – many more than is common at most workplaces.

Find out about the winners of our public vote awards here