The Lord Mayor of Adelaide’s commitment to ensuring his city is providing safe and convenient cycling into and around the city was recognised with the 2013 Bicycling Achievement Award for contribution by a politician at the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards in Canberra today.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood noted that more than 9,000 people now cycle into the city each day.
“This illustrates that the car is not always the quickest, cheapest or healthiest option for short trips,” he said.
“Making it easier and safer for South Australians to get to work by bike is a smart move.”
“Our vision is to make Adelaide the best cycling city in Australia and among the best in the world. We’re committed to making cycling safer and easier for riders of all skill and confidence levels.”
“Part of our recently launched Smart Move strategy sets out plans to achieve safe links to our neighbourhoods and throughout the city and our Bicycle Action Plan is a program of bicycle works to improve the safety and visibility of cyclists.”Read more...
Two very different initiatives with the same aim of getting more Tasmanians active in cycling have received national recognition today in the 2013 Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards. The University of Tasmania received the Achievement Award for an Educational Institution for its highly successful planning, design and delivery of cycling facilities that sets new standards at its campus.
Corey Peterson, UTAS Sustainability Manager, explained why their approach has been so successful.Read more...
The Western Australia Department of Transport’s Bikewest unit has been awarded the Special Achievement Award by a Bicycle Organisation for its cycling promotion and infrastructure development in Western Australia.
Bikewest is most recognised for its Cycle Instead social marketing program developed between 2001 and 2003.
Thought to be the first used anywhere in the world of a social marketing campaign purely to increase cycling, Cycle Instead has told West Australians for the last ten years how good riding is for their health, weight control and enjoyment.
Manager of Bikewest for most of that period is Russell Greig who explained the monumental effort that went into the campaign.Read more...
The City of Mount Gambier’s success in promoting cycling and planning to make the city an easier and more attractive place to get around on two wheels was today recognised with the 2013 Local Government Achievement Award at the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards.
The city found it had great support from local residents who wanted to make it safer for everyone to get around by bike when they conducted extensive public consultations.
Deputy Mayor Cr Byron Harfield noted the strong community support for the roll out of all aspects of the Strategic Bicycle Plan.
“There is no single thing we have done to get so many more people on bikes in Mount Gambier,” he said.
“We’ve planned and listened to the broader community as well as groups like Better Hearts and the bike user groups as we considered giving more room and dedicated bike lanes to people who want to ride around the city.”
“The results speak for themselves, we have had great roll ups for the many fun, community bike events and national competitions that have been run,’ he said.
Aaron Izzard, Environmental Sustainability Officer, has been driving the work to implement the changes.Read more...
The remote Warruwi School on Goulburn Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria has won a national award for its cycling program.
Along with encouraging physical activity, the program has also contributed to an increase in enrolments and increase in attendance over the past five years.
Warruwi School took out the Australian Bicycling Achievement Award for an Educational Institution for their cycling program which is now an integral part of their curriculum.
Senior teacher, Trish Whitaker, said the cycling program had really taken off since it began as a fun way to get the kids active before school.
“We started with a small number of bikes thanks to the help of the NT Police, while the Lions Club provided us with helmets,” Ms Whitaker said.Read more...