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Cycle-Friendly Awards nominations called for

30 August 2006

Cycle-Friendly Awards nominations called for

Nominations are open for the SPARC Cycle-Friendly Awards 2006 and New Zealanders are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling project.

Devised by the Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN), the national organisation promoting everyday cycling, and sponsored by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), the Cycle Friendly Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate some of the most notable achievements in the country that are helping to promote cycling and to create a cycle-friendly environment.

Nominations are being called for in four categories: best cycle facility project, best cycling promotion, cycle-friendly commitment by a business and cycle-friendly commitment by a public organisation. Projects need to have been undertaken or completed between January 2005 and June 2006.

The Awards co-ordinator, CAN's Bevan Woodward, said "Many Kiwis will know of an organisation,an individual or a project that's made a real difference for them as a cyclist. It's really simple to nominate them for a Cycle-Friendly Award - all the details are on the Awards website at www.can.org.nz/awards."

The prize winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony at Parliament on Saturday 18 November. The Minister of Transport, the Hon Annette King, will present the awards to the finalists. Winners will receive a uniquely designed “bicycle-bell” trophy, a certificate, and a subscription to CAN.

Previous Cycle-Friendly Award winners have included a cycle crash reporting hotline in Nelson, a secure cycle lock-up at a Wellington business, a training course for transport professionals, a 'living streets' project in Christchurch and a pedestrian/cyclist overbridge in Auckland.

Nominations are due by Tuesday 17 October.

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