The 2015 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. The 2015 Award Ceremony was held at PlaceNI (Best Small Employer for Cycling) on Lower Garfield Street, Belfast.

The 2015 Fréd Awards

Best Small Employer for Cycling (Small)

Place NI

“We see the bicycle as central to a modern built environment. We’re small but we encourage our staff to integrate the bike into their daily routine and support everyone wishing to build a better bike culture.”

Best Cycle Writer

Lovely Bicycle

“One of the world’s most popular bicycle blogs has relocated from Boston to the North Coast of Ireland and has been singing its praises ever since. A massive influencer and contributor to cycle culture locally and globally.”

Mark Tully, QUB

Best Bike Media

Sticky Bottle

“The team at Sticky Bottle have managed to create a website that covers all competitive Irish cycling – in the process they’ve made a massive contribution to bike culture in Ireland, North and South. “


 

Best Local Bike Shop

Velo Café Magasin

“From a small cupboard on the 6th floor of an old warehouse to plush boutique store… VCM have very quickly established themselves as one of the most respected Local Bike Shops in Ireland.”

 

Cycle Brand

Vitus

“The resurrection of an old French brand with a strong Irish connection. Chain Reaction Cycles have re-established Vitus as world beating brand. Great bikes at a great price.”

Cycle Event

Lap the Lough

“Celebrating 10 years, LTL continues to promote cycling and participation. The profits from the event are all ploughed back into creating and funding new cycle events and projects.”


 

Best Engaged Politician

Mairtin O’Muilleoir, MLA

“For his work in getting the Ciclovia off the ground in Belfast in September this year, Máirtín lifts his second award.”

Best Infrastructure

Belfast Bikes

“With over 100,000 rentals this year alone, this transformational piece of cycling infrastructure has made a huge impact to the citizens of Belfast “

Worst Infrastructure

Belfast Centre

“In stark contrast to Belfast Bikes – the runaway winner this year was Belfast City Centre – still the UK’s most congested city centre and in drastic need of safer, smarter provision for bikes”.


 

Best Large Employer for Cycling

Chain Reaction Cycles

“This year’s winner also happens to be the “Largest Bike Store in the World”. With great bike parking, lockers, showers and of course in-house discount – their staff have a lot to shout about.”

Best Cycle Café

5a Lockview, Stranmills

“Clever bike parking, Victory Chimp prints in the toilets and great food and coffee, 5a have been ahead of the curve when it comes to catering for and promoting cycling”.

Special Award

Rodney McCune

“Working behind the scenes alongside former Minister of Transport Danny Kennedy MLA, Rodney has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for a much needed shift towards a safer, greater bike culture”


 

 

  • The team at Sticky Bottle have managed to create a website that covers all competitive Irish cycling - in the process they've made a massive contribution to bike culture in Ireland, North and South..."–Sticky Bottle - Winner Best Media 

  • With over 100,000 rentals this year alone, this transformational piece of cycling infrastructure has made a huge impact to the citizens of Belfast–Belfast Bikes - Winner Best Cycle Infrastructure

  • VCM have very quickly established themselves as one of the most respected Local Bike Shops in Ireland. Truth, honesty, support, commitment to the rider not just the purchase.–Velo Café Magasin - Winner Local Bike Shop