Cycling Luminaries Award for Leadership - Ben Wilson
May 11, 2017
Ben has been a member of Bicycle Qld since 1990 and Manager/CEO since 1991. In that time the organisation has grown its membership from a few hundred to almost 20,000, and now is arguably the second largest and most successful bicycle advocacy organisation in Australia. As CEO of Bicycle Queensland for over 25 years, Ben Wilson has undoubtedly made the single greatest contribution of any individual to cycling in Queensland. Through his unwavering passion, commitment, hard work and advocacy he has: increased mass participation in cycling across Queensland; lobbied for, and achieved, more and better cycling facilities (bikeways) throughout Queensland; and made cycling more accessible and safer for the entire Queensland community. His achievements in promoting cycling as a safe, healthy, sustainable mode of transport have had a direct impact on improving the health and well-being of the community and reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion, especially across South East Queensland.
Cycling Luminaries Special Award for Women's Development - Jordana Blackman
May 11, 2017
In this Special Judges Award for Women’s Development, Jordana Blackman has been recognised for her truly 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 and is why the judges deemed Jordana Blackman particularly merited the distinction of a special Judges Award.
Cycling Luminaries Award for Built Environment and Urban Design - Dorset Council TAS
May 11, 2017
Loss of industry, loss of jobs, loss of economic prosperity - something had to change and so started Australia's largest mountain bike project in North Eastern Tasmania. Not only getting the community riding, but growing the economy of the community through tourism and healthy pursuits. Ride Blue Derby is not only a project for Dorset to be proud of, it is for the whole of Australia to be proud of.
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.
Cycling Luminaries Award for Bike Culture and Behaviour Change - Physical Activity Foundation ACT
May 11, 2017
The Ride or Walk to School Program (RWTS) was established in 2013, as an initiative of ACT Health, with the objective of increasing the awareness and participation in active travel by ACT primary school students. Since its inception it has grown from 11 schools to more than 63, with funding in place to expand to a total of 84. RWTS is now delivered by the Physical Activity Foundation with funding and support from ACT Health and contributes to the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative.
The program is a long term intervention, working with students, teachers and parents to overcome potential barriers to cycling and walking to school. This includes the development of cycling skills in primary schools students through the practical, curriculum-aligned “Safe Cycle” program, development of teacher capacity to confidently deliver cycling training in schools and engagement of parents and community to participate in active travel.