The Fréd Awards
The Fréd Awards are awarded to the people who put an enormous amount of effort into campaigning and working to build a better cycle culture for everyone. These people normally go unrecognised, so we thought it was a good idea to start showing some appreciation on behalf of all cyclists. The awards are voted for by the cycling public in an open vote. The inaugural awards were presented by Belfast Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
The 2013 Fréd Awards
Most Engaged MLA
Peter Weir MLA
“I am honoured to be recognised, I will endeavour to continue that work to improve our infrastructure and policy in regards to cycling, so ensure that our roads, trails and greenways are as safe as possible and fit for use.”
Best Cycle Blog
“NIGReenways manages to inform, campaign and entertain. The quality of writing mixed with detailed analysis, humour and satire make this one of the most popular if not the most popular cycle blogs in NI.
Best Cycle Campaign
QUB – Reclaim Cycle Lanes
“Without campaigners bad ideas become law or good laws aren’t always enforced. This campaign highlighted that there were 5 cars parked for every 1Km of cycle lane, which makes a nonsense of the phrase Cycle Lane.”
Best Local Bike Shop
“LBS is more than a shop but a hub, it’s a place to call in have a chat, kick a few tyres, drool at a few bikes and feel part of a bigger community. This is one of Belfast’s and NI’s cycling institutions.”
Fellow Bicycle Co, Belfast.
“Whilst we all need great infrastructure and things of great substance – we also need style and panache. From Fausto Coppi in the 40s to Wiggins in the 2012 cycling is very much about looking dapper.”
Cycle Story of the Year
NITB – Giro d’Italia.
“There were lots of great cycle stories this year, Martyn Irvine’s World Title for one, but this story’s got everyone talking and excited and it promises to keep us all excited for 3 weeks in May 2014.”
Best Cycling Representative
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
“It’s been my great privilige as Lord Mayor of Belfast to be able to travel to different cities around the world and in my experience, the great cites of the world are great cycling cities. Belfast can be a great cycling city too.
Sustrans & DRD – Peace Bridge
“The New Peace Bridge in Derry City is a fantastic example of how cycling can expand a city and at the same time bring it closer together. The Peace Bridge is a model for the rest of Northern Ireland.”
DRD – Cyclesauras
Andrew Grieve was gracious enough to take the rough with the smooth and accepted an award for the worst piece of cycle infrastructure. Cyclesaurus was obliterated shortly afterward. Power to the people!
"There were lots of great cycle stories this year, Martyn Irvine's World Title for one, but this story's got everyone talking and excited and it promises to keep us all excited for 3 weeks in May 2014."–The Giro d'Italia - Winner Best Story
This award goes to NIGReenways who manages to inform, campaign and entertain. The quality of writing mixed with detailed analysis, humour and satire make this one of the most popular if not the most popular cycle blogs in NI.–NIGReenways - Winner Best Cycle Blog
LBS is more than a shop but a hub, it's a place to call in have a chat, kick a few tyres, drool at a few bikes and feel part of a bigger community. This is one of Belfast's and NI’s cycling institutions.–McConveys - Winner Local Bike Shop