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Go Cycle short-listed for more awards

GoCycle Portsmouth Road scheme

Kingston’s Go Cycle programme has been short-listed as a finalist at two key transportation awards, only weeks after winning a prestigious architecture and design award.

The Go Cycle Portsmouth Road project has been short-listed in the National Transport Awards for the “excellence in cycling and walking” category.

The National Transport Awards celebrate transport projects that improve the experience for transport users and ultimately add to the successful development of the nation’s transport infrastructure.

Go Cycle has also been nominated for two categories in the Healthy Streets Awards.

The Healthy Streets Awards are a recognition of transportation projects that help create streets and networks that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use, therefore reducing car dependency and the health problems it creates.

Portsmouth Road has been short-listed for the “healthy streets proposal of the year award” a category that recognises exceptional quality in street design, access, active travel choices, safety, improved air quality and livability.

And the Go Cycle programme as a whole has been short-listed for the “local policies award” in recognition of projects that implement the most health-enhancing transport and public realm policies.

Deputy leader and Go Cycle portfolio holder, Councillor Terry Paton, said: 

“The nominations of the Go Cycle schemes for these additional awards is a fantastic achievement. The Go Cycle schemes are aimed at relieving the pressure on the borough’s transport network by providing new facilities for cycling and walking, while improving road safety and public spaces.

“We know that in the relatively short period of time since implementation, cycling on Portsmouth Road has increased by nearly 20 per cent, which is great news as it demonstrates that we’re providing more sustainable, efficient and healthy transport choices for residents, which is the main objective of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets agenda.”

Go Cycle board member, Councillor Hilary Gander, said: 

“It’s encouraging that we’re starting to see a modal shift in the way people choose to travel around Kingston, as residents will be aware we need to reduce congestion and pollution in the borough.”

Last month, the Go Cycle Kingston Station project won a prestigious New London Award. The scheme, which is under construction, won the “unbuilt wellbeing category”, which includes projects that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.

Go Cycle Portsmouth Road was also commended in the “transport and Infrastructure category” for creating better public spaces alongside the cycle route and improving connections to the river.

  • The full shortlist for the Healthy Streets Awards can be found online. Winners will be announced on 28 September.
  • The full shortlist for the National Transport Awards can be found online. Winners will be announced on 12 October.