Award for London project that uses bikes to counter street gang threat

Other winners include lorry safety initiative and work with deaf children

The winners of this year’s London Cycling Awards have been announced, and they include a project that promotes cycling as an alternative to the lure of street gangs.

The awards, organised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), are designed to recognise initiatives that both promote cycling to the British capital’s citizens and provide the physical means to make cycle journeys across the city safer and easier.

There are four categories covering the areas of young people, community, infrastructure and workplace. This year’s winners are:

Best Initiative for Children or Young People:

Blue Wheelers project at the FrankBarnesSchool for Deaf Children – Metropolitan Police

This project saw officers from the Regent’s Park Safer Parks Team help pupils at a school for deaf children to learn cycling and road safety awareness. The officers learned sign language to help communicate with the children and also put abandoned bikes to good use in the project.

Best Community Cycling Initiative

Bikes on Estates Project – STA Bikes

This initiative took cycling into housing estates where the activity has a low profile. There were three parallel projects: one targeted mothers, often from ethnic minorities; another taught safety skills and bike repair to young people; and the third used cycling as a way of engaging with youngsters to dissuade them from joining street gangs. The scheme was praised for bringing together so many local agencies in such as positive way.

Best Cycling Facility (two winners in this category)

1 Walking/cycling link between Agar Grove and Camley Street – London Borough of Camden, with Transport for London (TfL) funding

Judges said this design cleverly handles a five-metre drop from Agar Grove, a key cycle connection point in Camden, to the

Camley Street
connection to King’s Cross/St Pancras with a minimum of fuss.

2 Redesign of the junction of

Pentonville Road
and Penton Rise – Hyder Consulting/TfL

This redesign was praised by the judges for resolving problems at a difficult junction on a busy main road in Islington.

Best Workplace Cycling Initiative

HGV Driver-Cyclist Awareness Project – London Borough of Lambeth

This project educates both lorry drives and cyclists in order to reduce the number of collisions. Cyclists are invited to sit in a lorry and see the road from a driver’s perspective, while drivers are given a chance to see what it feels like to be a cyclist through discussion and a practical cycle training session. Both drivers and cyclists have praised the project.

Speaking after the award-winners were announced, Tom Bogdanowicz, LCC’s campaigns and development manager, said: “The winners in each category show that outstanding new ideas and clever engineering solutions are being developed across London, and that they are worth the effort.”

All the London Cycling Awards winners with their certificates

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