British Cycling policy adviser and Olympic gold medallist, Chris Boardman has been nominated for Cycling Champion of the Year in the London Cycling Awards.
Up against Chris for the award are Andrew Gilligan, cycling commissioner for London, Rachael Aldred, academic and cycling expert, Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists and double Olympic gold medallist, Laura Trott.
Other categories include Cycling Brand of the Year, Best Bike Blog of the Year, Best Small Bike Retailer and Best Large/Online Bike Retailer.
Chris’s nomination is recognition of the significant steps made in British Cycling’s campaigning work over the last 12 months.
This has seen David Cameron and government pledge to spend £94 million across eight cities and four national parks, to encourage people to cycle in these areas, and the launch of British Cycling’s, Time to #ChooseCycling manifesto, which set out a ten point plan designed to get the nation cycling.
Chris also works with the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group which produced the Get Britain Cycling report, published in April last year. He spoke at the Transport Select Committee in February and continues to lobby influential MPs in the run up to the General Election in 2015, with a key target for British Cycling to see cycling in the election manifesto’s of the main political parties.
“I’m delighted to be nominated for this award. The work carried out by British Cycling over the past twelve months has seen the issue of making the roads safe for cyclists move to the top of the news agenda.
“More and more people are riding their bikes on this country and making our transport infrastructure fit for purpose is an issue that isn’t going to go away and something I feel very passionate about.”
Ashok Sinha, CEO of London Cycling Campaign said:
“Our members have compiled an excellent list of finalists for the Consumer Award categories this year. We think there will be some fantastic competition during the public online vote. “
This year’s London Cycling Awards take place on Wednesday 16 July at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, with winners in both the Consumer and Project award categories announced at the ceremony.