Wheels for Wellbeing triumph in London Cycling Awards


South London all-ability charity Wheels for Wellbeing has won the coveted Community Cycling Project of the Year category of the London Cycling Awards in recognition of its work enabling more than 5000 people with disabilities to enjoy cycling in the past year.

The project has expanded from Croydon to Lambeth and has played a role in cycle campaigning as well.

Chair of judges Clare Neely said. "The standard of awards nominations was outstanding this year but Wheels for Wellbeing stood out for the exceptional work being done to enable both children and adults with disabilities to enjoy cycling."

In the highly contested Best Cycling Facility category a massive feat of engineering shared honours with a small scale but innovative cycle parking project: British Waterways, London Thames Gateway Corporation and partners built the suspended towpath at Bow, creating an off-road route from the Thames to Waltham Abbey.

Cyclehoops and Lambeth Council created the 1 car = 10 bikes protected cycle-parking stands that stand in the street rather than on the pavement. Havering Council's well organised Bikewise day whose entertainments included councillors playing bike polo shared the London Cycle Event of the Year award with the small scale, but much applauded, Battersea Artists Trail Bike Ride led by Vanessa Celosse.

The London Borough of Hackney won the Best Project for Children or Young people award with its Biker's Breakfast programme that was rolled out to 15 schools and involved 845 children.

Bicycle blogger Danny Williams won the Local Campaigner of the Year award for his active role in campaigning for improvements in the City of London and at Blackfriars Bridge.

Transport for London secured the Best Workplace Cycling Initiative Awards for its workplace cycling programme accompanying the Barclays Cycle Superhighways Project.

More than 80 workplaces located near the first two highways installed cycle parking, provided cycle training and repaired cycles.