London Cycling Campaign Awards 2003

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A canal cycle route in East London has been named the capital’s best new cycling facility in the London Cycling Campaign Awards 2003.

The new floating towpath on the Limehouse Cut canal was one of five winners named in the awards ceremony in London on October 25. A bike recycling scheme, a project to make cycling more attractive to schoolchildren and a cycle-friendly office development in central London were also presented with awards by Jenny Jones, London’s deputy mayor and Green member of the London Assembly.

Tom Bogdanowicz, campaigns manager of LCC, said: “There were some outstanding entries this year. From local planners to teachers to employers, people are devising imaginative and effective ways of getting people on their bikes.”

The cycle route on the Limehouse Cut – a two-mile canal from to Bromley by Bow to Limehouse - was created by British Waterways London. The new floating towpath means cyclists no longer have to use an unpleasant subway to negotiate the Blackwall Tunnel Approach.

Winner of the best community cycling initiative award was a bike recycling scheme at Waltham Forest in East London. The project provides bikes for people being trained to cycle and also has a mechanical workshop to provide services for the community.

A school in North London won the best cycling initiative for young people award. Sir Thomas Abney Primary School, London N16, won the award for a scheme to make bikes cool for young people.

Teachers at the school encouraged children to use bikes to travel to school. Where once not a single child travelled to school, the cycle racks are now full on a daily basis.

British Land, the property development company, won the best workplace cycle facility award for its office complex at Regent’s Place, near Euston Station. The development has secure cycle parking for employers, showers and a dedicated website showing routes and journey times.

A special commendation was made to Metro, London’s free morning newspaper, for its bi-weekly column on cycling. The column was praised for its informed coverage for novices and more experienced cyclists alike.

The full list of winners is:

Best Cycle Facility:

British Waterways London for Limehouse Cut floating towpath.

Best Workplace Cycling Activity:

British Land Plc for office facilities at Regent’s Place.

Best Community Cycling Initiative:

London Borough of Waltham Forest for their Bike Recycling Scheme.

Special Commendation:

Metro for their bi-weekly cycling column.

Best Best Cycling Initiative for Young People or Children:

Sir Thomas Abney Primary School for their work on getting kids on bikes.