Campaigner Awards Winners 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended LCC’s 2018 AGM on Thursday 18th October. One of the highlights of the evening was our Campaigner Awards – an opportunity for us to recognise all the hard work put in by our brilliant campaigners over the last year.

We received a long list of wonderful nominations – testament to the passion and dedication of all the nominees – and choosing just one winner for each category was extremely difficult.

A big thank you to Amy Foster, Chair of CAMS, who helped judge this year’s awards, and Terry Patterson, Chair of LCC’s Board of Trustees, who helped present the awards on the night. 

1. Best Rides and Ride leader

Highly Commended:

Keith Jones - Tower Hamlets Wheelers

Keith has organised a range of well-attended rides, including a full-day ride to Thamesmead, the East End Suffragette history ride, and the revival of Tower Hamlets Wheelers’ summer evening Afterworker Rides. 

Oliver Bruckauf and Enfield Easy Riders – Enfield Cycling Campaign

Oliver is Enfield Cycling Campaign’s ride leader hero. He diligently organises the new and hugely popular Easy Riders programme, planning routes to interesting places which are suitable for all abilities, and leading many of the rides himself.

Arnold Ridout – Newham Cyclists

Newham Cyclists help repair donated bikes and organise rides for children as part of the Ambition, Aspire, Achieve cycle group. The rides are popular with children aged 8 to 13, who get the chance to learn bike handling skills and enjoy seeing new parts of their borough.  

Roger Mace & John Dunn – Kingston Cycling Campaign

Roger and John are a dedicated team who schedule, promote and lead Kingston Cycling Campaign’s 'Bread Pudding' rides, as well as feeder rides for FreeCycle. With 28 rides in the past year, catering for a range of abilities, they consistently attract a large and diverse group of participants.

Winner: Harry Clark – Bexley Cyclists

Harry has organised and led a programme of weekly Healthy Rides for Bexley, with an estimated 100 people taking part so far. 20 different routes have been developed for the programme, all starting in Danson Park in the centre of the borough. All the routes are designed to take in areas of local interest, taking place mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths. The rides have received lots of positive feedback, and inspired several other people to get involved with the programme.

2. Best infrastructure campaign

Highly Commended:

Boston Manor Road Cycleway - Hounslow Cycling Campaign

This is a mile length of dedicated bidirectional cycle path, running from the Hounslow boundary in the North most of the way down to the Great West Road in the South. Against fierce opposition, Hounslow Cycling Campaign were instrumental in improving the detailing of this project and making it fit for purpose.

The A105 in Enfield - Enfield Cycling Campaign

The A105 route was officially completed in March. Enfield Cycling Campaign provided a strong voice of support for the project on social media and in the local press, and also helped organise a hugely successful community ride and launch event in March.

Winner: Stratford Gyratory – Newham Cyclists

Following the London Borough of Newham's successful bid for funding to improve this notorious junction, Newham Cyclists have been involved at all stages of consultation. They have met regularly with council officers to ensure that cycling infrastructure has been a key part of the improvements, as well as working with TfL to ensure that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists was considered whilst the works took place.  The scheme is partially open as of 17th September, with full opening scheduled for 22nd October.

3. Best campaign initiative

Highly Commended:

CS9 (‘Cycle Safely’ Highway 9) – Hounslow Cycling Campaign

Hounslow Cycling Campaign have taken the initiative in calling for better cycling infrastructure in West London, pressing the council and MPs at every opportunity and also helping to campaign over the border in Hammersmith and Fulham.

‘Air Pollution in Sutton’ film – Get Sutton Cycling

John and Ben from Get Sutton Cycling researched, edited and produced a short film entitled 'Air Pollution in Sutton: How it affects you and how cycling can help' and aimed at councillors in the borough. The film received positive responses from a number of councillors, and John and Ben hope to produce a follow-up on the benefits of active travel in the borough.

Winner: Election campaign - Tower Hamlets Wheelers

For the May 2018 Mayoral and local elections, Tower Hamlets Wheelers produced a detailed cycling manifesto setting out what they would like to see achieved in the borough by 2022. This included three main asks for the council: significant new cycle routes, low traffic neighbourhoods, and bicycle parking. Copies of the manifesto were distributed to all mayoral candidates and current councillors, and the content received an overwhelmingly positive response. The culmination of Tower Hamlets Wheelers’ local election campaign was organising the Tower Hamlets Cycling and Walking Mayoral Hustings at Limehouse Town Hall in April.  Five of the six mayoral candidates, representing all the major parties, attended the event and publicly signed up to the manifesto. Since the election, the group's interaction with local councillors has increased markedly, and the positive response to the manifesto has increased the group’s focus on political lobbying.

4. Best family-friendly event

Highly Commended:

Walthamstow Family Bike Club Newcomers Ride - Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign

The Newcomers ride is a new initiative from Walthamstow Family Bike Club, designed for new riders and those who want to gain more confidence. The rides are fully-marshalled and take advantage of some of the quiet streets created by the Waltham Forest Mini-Holland. The Bike Club has also worked with the council to ensure that participants can borrow cycles from the council if they don’t have their own.

"Back in the Saddle" - Hounslow Cycling Campaign

Hounslow Cycling Campaign were approached by a resident asking if there were any courses to help parents cycling with their children to school. Realising there was a gap in the training, they worked with the council to create 'Back in the Saddle', a course designed to help parents cycle with their kids. They have already run one course, with second planned for November. 

Biking Belles - Hounslow Cycling Campaign

This is an initiative run by activist Fatima Ahmed with a little help from Hounslow Cycling Campaign and the London Bike Hub. The group meets for twice-weekly cycle training at Hounslow Civic Centre, where more than sixty people, mainly women, have been taught to cycle. Community leaders from the local mosque have also got involved in the training sessions. 

Bike from Boleyn – Newham Cyclists

This event was developed with supporters of West Ham and a Boleyn ward councillor, with the intention of maintaining links between the original home of the team and the new home at the Olympic Stadium. Newham Cyclists provide the leader and the marshals for the event, making sure everyone has a good time and arrives safely. The ride is an extremely positive community event, attracting a large and diverse group of participants. 

Winner: Try-a-Bike at Palmers Green Festival – Enfield Cycling Campaign

This is the third time that Enfield Cycling Campaign, along with Better Streets for Enfield, has run a try-a-bike event at the ever popular Palmers Green Festival, and this year was the most successful yet. The cycles on offer included an adult trike, a cargo bike, a cargo trike, Circe Helios duo and trio tandems (designed for families), e-bikes, folding bikes, and many more. The event was one of the most popular at the festival, with hundreds of people trying out cycles and lots of positive feedback. The council were highly impressed, and are keen for Enfield Cycling Campaign to run similar events around the borough, and are also open to considering running a family cycling library as a result.

5. Campaigner of the Year

Dan Kelly and Gen Ford – Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign

Dan has been one of Waltham Forest Mini-Holland's greatest cheerleaders, playing a central role in mobilising his local community to back the proposals for the Blackhorse Village scheme, and continuing to liaise with councillors and officers to ensure that Mini-Holland keeps progressing. Meanwhile, Gen has been integral to the mobilisation of local residents in Markhouse Village, which was the last “village” in Waltham Forest's Mini-Holland scheme to be consulted on, and also the area with the most organised opposition.

Nick Moffitt - Ealing Cycling Campaign

Nick has made a remarkable contribution to cycling in Ealing and Hounslow. He has played an instrumental role in the CS9 campaign, as well as leading the organisation of the David Eales Memorial Ride for the past three years and helping to fundraise for LCC.

Selena Calder and Grant Gahagan – Haringey Cycling Campaign

Since taking over as joint coordinators of Haringey Cycling Campaign in Spring 2017, Selena and Grant have built the group up into an effective advocate for active travel in the borough. As well as noticeable improvement for cycling delivered on the ground via the Quick Wins programme, they have also built up good working relationships with officers in the local council and influenced Haringey's 2018 transport strategy.   

John Chamberlain – Camden Cycling Campaign

John has been a highly committed and valued member of LCC for many years, and this year, he was the main supporter at the Tavistock Place Public Inquiry, preparing and organising witnesses and skilfully representing the organisation, the result of which is that the with flow tracks are now permanent. John has also been instrumental in the upcoming two-way Midland–Judd cycle route across Euston Road. 

Matt Stephen – Kingston Cycling Campaign 

Matt has stepped into the role of council liaison for the mini-Holland projects in Kingston, effectively managing the “critical friend” relationships with the officers there. His dedication in driving for improvements on schemes are bearing fruit, with reviews and improvements seen on schemes across Kingston. 

Winner: Michael Robinson

Michael has played a key role in running the Hounslow CS9 campaign. A major scheme like this can be a trying time for a local group, requiring somebody to manage the difficult task of liaising between the borough, TfL, and activists old and new. Michael has stepped up and proven himself a tireless organiser, unflappable strategist, and friendly leader, setting a fantastic example for other campaigners.