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In March 2021, the On the Go Awards were held by Waka Kotahi in partnership with Cycling Action Network and Living Streets Aotearoa, as an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of projects that support a healthier, cleaner and safer transport system.

The On the Go Supreme Award was won by Rebicycle Ekerua(external link), a collective that upcycle donated, second-hand bikes and give them to refugees and other people in need in Wellington.

ReBicycle EkeRua get people on bikes and transform lives. The project enables free healthy transport options, prevents useful resources ending up in landfill, and reduces transport carbon emissions.

We would like to thank everyone that entered the awards, and those that put time and effort into making any form of active travel a safer and more attractive transport choice for people.

If you have any further questions about the On the Go Awards please email

2021 On the Go Awards winners and finalists

Below is the full list of category winners and runners up, announced at the awards dinner at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference(external link) in Ōtepoti (Dunedin).



Supreme award winner

ReBicycle EkeRua – Hilleke and Mike Townsend

Shifting the dial award winner

EcoMatters Bike Hubs - Ecomatters Trust

Shifting the dial first runner up

Locky Docks – Big Street Bikers

Shifting the dial second runner up

Ka Tipu ngā Kahikatea – Growing the Kahikatea Tree - Sport Hawke’s Bay in association with Irongate School, Hastings District Council, and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

Workplace or school winner

Here comes the sun (play street event) – Pt Chevalier School, Auckland

Workplace or school first runner up

Movin’March and Portable Pump Track Project – St Anthony’s School Seatoun

Workplace or school second runner up

Safe School Streets Pilot - Auckland Transport and Owairaka District School

Taking communities on the journey award winner

The Kuaka Gateway - Waka Kotahi with thanks to Napier City Council and Napier Airport

Taking communities on the journey first runner up

Ōpaoa River bridge - Waka Kotahi with thanks to Marlborough District Council and Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and Ngāti Rārua

Taking communities on the journey second runner up

Brightwater Main Street Upgrade - WSP, Tasman District Council, Fulton Hogan, and Brightwater School

Outstanding contribution to making communities more people friendly winner

ReBicycle EkeRua - Hilleke and Mike Townsend

Outstanding contribution to making communities more people friendly first runner up

Clare Scott – Nelson

Outstanding contribution to making communities more people friendly second runner up

The Big Bike Film Night – Brett Cotter

Built excellence walking winner

He Ara Kotahi - Palmerston North City Council

Built excellence walking first runner up

Peninsula Connection Project - Dunedin City Council, GHD, Isaac Construction, Fulton Hogan, and Bonisch Consultants

Built excellence walking second runner up

Te Ara Ihutai (Christchurch Coastal Pathway) - Shag Rock to Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club - Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group, Christchurch City Council, and Fulton Hogan

Built excellence cycling winner

He Ara Kotahi - Palmerston North City Council with thanks to Rangitāne o Manawatū, Massey University and Linton Army Camp

Built excellence cycling first runner up

Omarukaikuru / Point Jerningham, Stage 1 of the Evans Bay Cycleway – Isthmus Group, Wellington City Council, AECOM, Downers & GHD

Built excellence cycling second runner up

Quarrymans Trail - Christchurch City Council and 'Peloton' Design Team (Beca, Stantec and GHD)

2021 judges

The awards were judged by:

  • Caroline McElnay, the Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health,
  • Simon Kingham, the Chief Science Advisor at the Ministry of Transport,
  • Greg Lazzaro, General Manager of Safety, Health & Environment at Waka Kotahi

Photo gallery

View photos of the winners and finalists of the 2021 On the Go Awards.