Christchurch finalists for 2018 Bike Awards

Next week sees the biennial 2WALKandCYCLE national conference come to Palmerston North; I’ll be there along with a couple hundred other delegates from around NZ and elsewhere. One of the highlights of the three days will be the presentation of the winners of this year’s Bike to the Future Awards, and a few Christchurch-based finalists will be watching with interest.

Organised by the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network, the Bike to the Future Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge New Zealand’s best cycling projects and cycling champions. Over 60 different candidates were nominated in five different categories and 20 finalists have now been named.

Last year, local transportation consultants Abley were a winner in the “Bikes in Business” category. This year, there are a few other Christchurch bods vying for the prestigious trophies:

{disclosure: my company ViaStrada has been involved in some of these nominations}

  • Christchurch City Council are a finalist in the “Built Excellence” category for the Uni-Cycle Major Cycle Route. As many of you will be aware, this very popular cycleway allows people to cycle all the way from Ilam to the city via Riccarton in relative comfort.
A lot more width to play with across Ilam Fields now with the Uni-Cycle route
  • Last year’s Biketober Christchurch 2017 festival is a finalist in the “Revolutionary” category. Organised by Spokes Canterbury, ViaStrada, Chch City Council and a host of volunteers, Biketober featured over 60 different events throughout October for all kinds of biking fans (and it’s happening again this year!).
The NZ Bike Expo was a key feature of Biketober Chch 2017
  • ViaStrada also contributed to two other finalists in the “Bikes at Work and School” and “Built Excellence” categories. Hastings ‘iWay’ and MoveIt! School Travel Plans were a joint effort by Hastings District Council, Sport Hawke’s Bay and ViaStrada to encourage more kids to travel to school by foot and bike. And ViaStrada also helped to develop the concept design for Palmerston North City’s recently opened junior road safety bike park.
The new junior road safety park in Palmerston North

The award winners will be announced at the Conference dinner on Tuesday night – fingers crossed!

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