London Cycling Awards: Project Award Finalists

London Cycling Awards: Project Award Finalists


Following submissions from all over London, the finalists in the Project Award categories were then selected by a panel of cycling experts.

The contenders for each of the five awards are as follows:

Cycling Initiative of the Year

Breeze Rides (Bexley)

Gill Harker, volunteer and ride leader, has inspired confidence in women to cycle on the roads by organising fun social bike rides in Bexley.

Lambeth Estates Bike Hubs (Lambeth Council and People Empowering People)

By the people for the people, these Bike Hubs have empowered residents on estates to train to become professional mechanics. The Hubs recycle disused bikes and have created a thriving social community amongst residents.

Great Western Quarter Residents’ Bike Club (Hounslow. Barratt London)

This loan scheme offers residents of the Barratt’s estate the chance to have a bicycle at no cost for three months. It’s a great way to give residents in Hounslow a taste of the joys of getting about London by bike and has proved to be a huge success with a high uptake in the area.

Cycle Loan Scheme (Lewisham Council)

Residents who want to cycle can borrow a bike for just £10 a month, making cycling accessible for all. The scheme supports local people who want to ride, whilst being aware of economic barriers. So far 450 people are borrowing bikes.

Youth Sector Cycling Champion

Hackney Volunteer Police Cadets Cycle Project (Hackney)

This group of young people are taught maintenance skills to use on their own bikes and also learn how to renovate old bikes, which are then donated to worthy causes. They host cycle safety and crime prevention events to help other Hackney cyclists and get more people cycling.

North Harringay Primary School (Haringey)

North Harringay Primary lives and breathes cycling. They engage their students with cycling and develop their skills at an early age, building up their confidence and bringing all the fun of bikes into children’s lives through maintenance, riding and racing.

St Gregory's RC Primary School, Biking Schools Project (Ealing)

Ealing Council and St Gregory’s RC Primary School set this programme up as part of a drive to get more children cycling to school. The whole school is given compulsory cycle training and enjoy other activities like Dr Bike sessions, rides, bicycle recycling and competitions. A resounding success, the number of kids riding has already increased from 2% to 20%.   

Tower Hamlets BMX Club (Tower Hamlets)

Holding free BMX lessons and after school sessions, in 2013 alone the club worked with more than 50 different groups, reaching over 1000 young people from across the borough. The club has become an important part of the community and also runs bike maintenance workshops.

Grassroots Project of the Year

The Bike Project, William Wilberforce Trust (Kensington and Chelsea)

Marginalised adults are taught bike maintenance and road safety, giving them a sense of freedom and empowerment. When they’ve completed the course, they receive a bicycle (courtesy of the Met Police), a helmet, lock and lights, so they can then travel to interviews and jobs, providing a step on the ladder out of poverty and homelessness.

Dulwich Young Cyclists (Southwark)

There are 10,000 young people attending 20 private and public schools in the area and Dulwich Young Cyclists encourages more of these young people to cycle to school and aims make the roads safer for them. A strong partnership and bond has formed between young people, families, the Borough of Southwark and Transport for London, and the group has helped raise awareness of cycling issues.

ReSpoke Community Bike Exchange. Trailnet CIC. (Barking and Dagenham)

Through the Bike Exchange, residents of Barking from marginalised families can swap their outdated, damaged, neglected or inadequate bikes for good quality, refurbished models at a low cost. This has helped eliminate barriers to cycling by providing bikes, and has given new cyclists practical advice and support.

Wheely Tots (Hackney) 

Wheely Tots aims to encourage families, adults and children to cycle more and around 150 people have benefited from the service to date. Led by local volunteers, they offer help and advice and provide one-on-one and group cycling sessions, bike repairs and services plus two special cargo bikes that are free to use.

Digital Campaign of the Year

Bikeminded Social Media Campaign (Kensington and Chelsea Council)

This innovative campaign used online platforms to promote cycling to people living in Kensington and Chelsea. Highly targeted and well designed, Bikeminded produced a sophisticated website, popular films, social media content and an app which have all contributed to an increase in cycling in the borough. 

Cycle Camden Digital Marketing Campaign (Camden Council)

Cycle Camden promotes cycling as an everyday activity. Digital channels including social media platforms, websites and smartphone app-based products have been used to develop an online community and draw awareness to training and maintenance courses, various rides, events and cycle programmes. Increases in cycling have been seen as a result of the campaign.

Cycle Hackney Smartphone App (Hackney Council and CycleStreets)

The Cycle Hackney smartphone app tracks cyclists’ journeys helping Hackney Council to improve the cycling experience like never before. Free to download, the pioneering app focusses on collecting utility cycling data, such as favoured routes and identifies where cycle parking is needed and barriers to riding.     

Best Space for Cycling Project

Sponsored by Levenes Solicitors

Cycle Superhighway Route 2 Extension CS2X – Newham – Transport for London

The extension to Cycle Superhighway Route 2, between Bow and Stratford Town Centre, was launched in November 2013 by TfL in partnership with Newham Council.  The route is part of the Cycle Superhighways Programme, which represents a key part of TfL’s Business Plan to deliver the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London target of achieving 5% modal share for cycling by 2026.

Royal College Street Cycle Tracks – Camden – London Borough of Camden

The introduction of planters and “armadillos” has vastly improved an overcrowded cycle facility. Reducing the number of traffic lanes and installing 2m wide cycle tracks on each side of the street has seen motor traffic slowed without delaying buses and low-cost, lightweight segregation protects cyclists from motor traffic.

Two-Way Cycling - City of London – Corporation of London

Two-Way Cycling’s aim is to make all one-way streets in the City two-way for cyclists, where feasible. In total, 66 cycle contra-flow streets have now been made. Two-way cycling on one-way streets provides cyclists with a safe space to ride, allowing them to avoid busy traffic, and also encourages new riders in the city.