Cyclists in top gear win Sheffield’s first bike awards

The winners from Cycle Sheffield's first awards event with Mick Nott, chairman, at front. 'Picture by jeff@pedalready.co.uk
The winners from Cycle Sheffield's first awards event with Mick Nott, chairman, at front. 'Picture by jeff@pedalready.co.uk
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A life-changing project and a couple who stage a festive street party for bikers were winners at Sheffield’s first cycling awards.

A life-changing project and a couple who stage a festive street party for bikers were winners at Sheffield’s first cycling awards.

Crowds cheered as the Sheffield Cycling 4 All scheme - which hires bikes to disabled people and runs sessions in Hillsborough Park - was announced as grassroots iniative of the year at Monday night’s ceremony.

Olympic torchbearer and Totley mum Caroline Waugh, who collected the award, learned to cycle on a trike after a car accident left her with brain damage.

She said: “I’m disabled and cycling has totally changed my life - I want it to change others’ lives because I know what it is like not to have freedom.

“I’m a single mum and it was the only way I could get my kids from home to school, I did it with help from the CTC.

“Now I tie my dog’s lead to the back and take him out on it!”

Cycle Sheffield organised the awards - held at The Burton Street Foundation - to celebrate the city’s cycling community.

The award for act of kindess went to non cyclists, couple Claire and Darren Harrison, of Meersbrook Road.

They welcomed cyclists to see their Christmas lights every year and the event has turned into a street party as part of the group’s Christmas Friday Night Ride.

C;aire, aged 44, said: “We weren’t expecting an award at all - we just really enjoy what we do. They are a great bunch and always come along all dressed up.”

Cycle Sheffield chairman Mick Nott, who was himself surprised with a thank you token at the end, said: “It is important to have an event where we celebrate the good things and good people about cycling - it also brings everyone together, there are people here from businesses, the council and cyclists as well.”

The full list of winners is below:

Chain bike business - Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative: cycle infrastructure - Sheffield railway station cycle hub: media cycling story - Adam Page, Princess Abumere, Chelsea Hawkins and Aminah Jagne: cycling initiative - Sheffield Cycleboost, independent bike business - Bike Rehab: campaigner of the year - Karen Hisom: best grassroots cycling on social media - Ellen Beardmore, The Star: best act of kindness - Claire and Darren Harrison and grassroots cycling initiative of the year - Sheffield Cycling for All.