London Cycling Awards 2018, round-up and winners!
London Cycling Campaign presented the London Cycling Awards at the glamorous Livery Hall in Guildhall last week, hosted by the City of London Corporation.
After a passionate introduction by Chris Hayward, Chairman of Planning and Transportation at City of London, compere Ashok Sinha, CEO of LCC, announced a surprise special award to the City of London for their innovative temporary traffic-reduction scheme at Bank Junction.
Following straight on, Patricia Brown, Director of Central and Commissioner for Centre for London’s Roads and Streets Commission gave the keynote address, looking at the political and strategic components needed to make London a ‘byword for cycling’. She then announced the winner of the London Cycling Champion award, sponsored by Tideway, to Michael Barratt, MBE, for going the extra mile and getting TfL working with the construction industry to raise best practice on London’s roads.
LCC switched up the traditional awards format this year, adding in short visual presentations by four different awards presenters: Joseph Seal-Driver, ofo UK General Manager presented the award for Best New Cycling Project, sponsored by ofo, to London Borough of Enfield for Cycle Enfield A105 Scheme for putting in a scheme that stretches for miles along a busy high street. He kicked off the visual presentations with a slideshow about the innovative ways that dockless bike hire is revolutionising and diversifying cycling in cities.
Michael Barratt MBE, Development Impact Assessment Manager at TFL, presented a rousing presentation about the ways that good foresight regarding cycling in relation to new infrastructure developments in London can positively impact a wide range of people, with the goal of achieving a ‘cycling utopia’. He then presented the award for Keeping London Moving, sponsored by Rosehill Highways, to Tideway for Victoria Embankment: an impressive diversion of the Cycle Superhighway that goes beyond what we have seen previously and has kept this key cycle route open.
Next up was LCC’s own campaigns co-ordinator, Fran Graham, who asked the question: why don’t people cycle in London? Safety fears are the main barrier – as well as infrastructure and street design that doesn’t take into account the needs of people who use wider cycles including trikes and cargo bikes. Fran presented the Best Inclusive Cycling Scheme Award, supported by Wheels for Wellbeing, to London Borough of Lambeth, TfL and Sustrans London, for their Community Street Design: this scheme shows a good example of high quality community engagement leading to a good first step towards a low traffic neighbourhood.
Last but by no means least was LCC trustee and Founder and Director of Cyclo Consulting, Neil Webster, who not only presented a thorough breakdown of the ways that businesses can support their staff to travel actively, but did the whole thing in rhyming couplets! Rounding off the awards for the night, he gave the award for Best London Business, sponsored by Cyclehoop, to Nomura International plc for Nomura Cycle Safe, for its investment in world class facilities for cyclists.
Thank you to the City of London Corporation, especially the Road Danger Reduction team and Active City Network, and all our partners and sponsors. Thank you to the International Cycling History Conference for providing some spectacular bikes from the last 200 years to decorate the Livery Hall!