Designed to address significantly disadvantaged and at-risk youth in remote communities of far west SA, WA and the NT, Bikes Palya has made cycling more accessible across the APY communities. Skills and safety training, bikes and BMX tracks have been provided in a model that builds on strong local partnerships to deliver sustainable behaviour change.
From 2008, Frocks on Bikes has been encouraging more women to ride for short trips, commute in normal clothes and use bikes for transport more frequently. Using social media, support and promotions like Cycle to the Station and Bike Week they are making everyday cycling for people of all ages mainstream again.
Bicycle NSW’s Gear Up Girl is the largest women’s community bicycle ride. Addressing low women’s participation, the mass community bike ride from Sydney Olympic Park to Cronulla was created to show women where to cycle in a safe and encouraging event environment.
The ACT’s Physical Activity Foundation (PAF) runs the Ride or Walk to School Program that is a long term intervention to overcome barriers to kids walking and riding to school. Funded as part of ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative, it has grown from 11 schools in 2013 to over 63, and up to 84 are now targeted to be part of the primary school programs.
Jordana Blackman has been recognised for her outstanding development work for women that has seen ‘Chicks Who Ride Bikes’ (CWRB) grow from 12 members to over 2,000 in Queensland alone. Organising events, running skills and other cycling courses in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, training the industry how to support women cycling and representing women’s cycling on several panels and committees ensures that CWRB is present across the entire spectrum of cycling.
Kate de Beer has done an outstanding job of nationalising Cycling Australia's She Rides program. Her efforts have brought over 2500 women to cycling and taught them fundamental skills in a supportive and inclusive environment at over 50 locations around Australia.
As a key organiser of Space4cyclingBNE campaign and volunteer for the EaST BUG, Belinda Ward has put active transport on the political agenda in Brisbane. Tirelessly engaging with the community and elected representatives from all levels of government personally and through social media, Belinda has highlighted issues and opportunities for cycling in Brisbane and brought the community interest to the fore to influence the political debate.
As Manager of Bicycle Queensland (BQ) since 1991, Ben Wilson has overseen its growth to become the second most successful bicycle advocacy organisation with almost 20,000 members. His unwavering passion and dedication has led to increased mass participation, more and better bikeways throughout the state and a direct impact on the health and well-being of Queenslanders.
The City of Joondalup WA has been recognised for a series of projects uniquely designed to encourage cycling as a form of transport and recreation activity. Projects include Robertson Road Cycleway with separated cycle and pedestrian paths, connections to local train stations and principal path network and a bike skills track in Shepherds Bush Park that provides the entire community with a safe and managed area to experience bike riding.
The Dorset Council in north east Tasmania successfully led a broad-based community project designed to fund, build and market the largest single mountain bike project in Australia. The multi-award winning Blue Derby Trails provide a high quality critical mass of trails that are already proving to be the economic driver needed for this region which has struggled with loss of industry and an economic downturn since 2000.
The Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland is addressing population growth pressures with a strong focus on facilitating more cycling to maintain the quality of the natural and living environment in the area. On-road separated bikeways, behaviour change programs and 60km Coastal Pathway are highlights of the achievements of the active travel team supported by Cr Rick Baberowski and Mayor Mark Jamieson.