Te Awa River Ride took the Big Bike Bling Award at the Bike to the Future Awards 2016 last week.
The awards are a joint initiative by the New Zealand Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network and were presented by Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport, in Auckland at the 2WalkandCycle Conference.
The Big Bike Bling Award is presented to an infrastructure project that has had the most significant impact on encouraging more people to ride and creating a bike-friendly future. With more than 60 projects nominated across six categories, Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust is thrilled that its contribution towards encouraging cycling in the Waikato region was recognised at the Awards.
Te Awa is being constructed in sections, with four sections currently completed and another under construction; the Ngaruawahia to Horotiu section of the trail is expected to open by the end of this year and will include the longest cycling bridge in New Zealand.
The Te Awa project was initiated by the Brian Perry Charitable Trust in 2010 and since that time, a steadily growing number of walkers and cyclists are utilising the path, with over 300,000 users of the trail annually.
Jennifer Palmer, Te Awa River Ride general manager, said, “This is a wonderful acknowledgment for the project and its supporters. Te Awa is a great example of what can be achieved by combining an amazing vision with strong partnerships and a supportive community.”