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2017 Bike to the Future Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Bike to the Future Awards.

The Bike to the Future Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and contribution to cycling from cycling champions across the country, as well as New Zealand’s best cycling projects.

These awards celebrate the pedal pushers, cycling leaders, communities and individuals who have put their energy and innovation into making cycling a safer, more attractive transport choice. You can take a look at last year’s winners here.

In 2017 the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network (CAN) are sponsoring the awards again, and we look forward to hearing about the innovative cycling initiatives and passionate cycling champions from across the country that are helping to make New Zealand an even greater place to cycle.

This year's awards will be judged by:

Pippa Coom - Chairperson Waitemata Local Board, cycling advocate and member of the Urban Cycleways Investment Panel

Richard Leggat - Chair of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Board Member of Cycling NZ, Chair of the former Cycling Safety Panel, member of the Urban Cycleways Investment Panel.

Peter King - Policy Research Manager / Editor, New Zealand Automobile Association

The nomination period is from 8 June to 21 July 2017. Please note – you can choose to put a nomination forward for more than one category, however a separate form must be completed for each category.

Nominate now:

To fill out online: download the nomination form as an editable PDF [PDF, 714 KB]
To print and fill out: download the print-friendly nomination form [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Please send your completed nomination form to:

View the winners of the 2016 Bike to the Future Awards

Eligibility for entry:

  • Only projects or initiatives that have taken place in the last 12 months, i.e. 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017 are eligible to be nominated
  • In the event of becoming a finalist, the NZ Transport Agency may be in touch for further promotional material
  • In the event of winning an award, the nominee, or someone representing the nomination must be available to collect the award
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


If you have any questions about the awards please email

Award categories information

Innovation Hub Award

This category covers the design, engineering or construction of a cycling facility. May relate to innovative planning processes, materials, designs, partnerships, procurement or delivery models.

Taking Communities on the Journey Award

This category covers excellence in communications or community engagement activities related to a cycling project that resulted in a community welcoming new infrastructure either in the planning and/or implementation stages of the project.

Big Bike Bling Award

This category covers transport infrastructure projects that have had the most significant impact on encouraging more people to ride and on creating a bike-friendly future.
E.g. new cycle ways, cycle parking facilities, or general roading projects that assist and encourage more people to bike.

Get On Yer Bike Award

This category covers education or encouragement projects that have had a significant impact on encouraging more people to cycle.
E.g. school education programmes, promotional cycling events and campaigns.

Bikes in Business Award

This category covers businesses and organisations that have made significant efforts to encourage and support cycling for its staff, customers, and/or clients.
E.g. bike parking / changing facilities, employee support, incentive programmes, and company 'pool' bikes.

Outstanding contribution to a bike-friendly future:

This category recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual New Zealander to the promotion of cycling.


2016 Bike to the Future Awards

2016 Bike to the Future Awards booklet

The wheels of change only turn when people are pushing on the pedals. The Bike to the Future Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the pedal-pushers out there, the people and organisations working tirelessly and creatively to make cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice.

Download the Bike to the Future Awards booklet for 2016 [PDF, 2.8 MB].

Award winners for 2016 announced

More than 60 projects were nominated for awards, and winners were announced at the 2 Walk and Cycle conference dinner by Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport. There were six category winners, and six further projects that received highly commended awards. Award recipients were:

Supreme Award

  • Supreme Winner – Te Ara I Whiti (Light Path), Auckland

Innovation Hub Award

  • Category Winner - Te Ara I Whiti (Light Path), Auckland
  • Highly Commended – Safety Audit and Network Functionality Review (SANF)

Taking Communities on the Journey Award

  • Category Winner - Ciclovia, Wellington
  • Highly Commended - Hurunui BMX Club, Amberley

Big Bike Bling Award

  • Category Winner - Te Awa River Ride, Waikato
  • Highly Commended – Te Ara I Whiti (Light Path), Auckland

Get on Yer Bike Award

  • Category Winner - Rototuna Junior High School, Hamilton
  • Highly Commended – Bike to Soccer, Auckland
  • Highly Commended – Paekakariki Bike Library, Kapiti Coast

Bikes in Business Award

  • Category Winner - Trustpower, Tauranga

Outstanding Contribution to a Bike-Friendly Future Award

  • Category Winner - Max Robitzsch, cycling advocate and transport engineer, Auckland
  • Highly Commended – Jessica Rose, Frocks on Bikes, Auckland