Thursday, September 29th 2016 at 9:48AM BST
The winners of the Cycle Planning Awards 2016 were announced at Glaziers Hall, Southwark in London last week. 90 entries had been submitted for the second annual staging of the awards, which are organised by Landor Links.
The chair of the judging panel was Philip Darnton OBE, executive director of the Bicycle Association. Other members of the panel were: Dr Rachel Aldred, senior lecturer in transport at Westminster University; Brian Deegan, Principal Technical Planner, Transport for London; Will Haynes, head of built Environment at Sustrans; Sharon Goodsell, head of Cycling & walking policy at the Department for Transport; Roger Geffen MBE, campaigns director at Cycling UK; and Martin Key, campaigns manager at British Cycling.
The winners were announced by Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s former cycling csar.
The category which attracted the most entries was for Best Innovation – Use of Technology or New Technique. The award, sponsored by AECOM, went to CycleStreets Ltd, which provides data to a wide range of journey planning websites and apps across all major platforms. The data helps journey planning apps take into account road conditions, elevations, cycle infrastructure availability, and turn delays at every junction/crossing. CycleStreets says it provides “ready-to-use, customisable and embeddable solutions to local authorities”.
For the second year running, The London Borough of Waltham Forest gained recognition for its efforts to make streets more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
The council took the Best Cycling Network Strategy or Masterplan award for its Mini-Holland programme. The judges decided that, in alignment with the ‘Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London’, Waltham Forest has engaged with local needs to develop a clear vision for encouraging people to ‘take to two wheels’.
The council, which received a £27m from Transport for London for the improvements, said the Mini-Holland programme will increase cycling in the borough, making it an attractive mode of transport.