The Active Travel Academy’s inaugural Media Awards recognises excellent work by journalists and reporters covering issues around active transport and road safety. We would like to thank everyone who submitted their own or others’ work. Narrowing entries down to a shortlist (let alone then choosing winners!) was challenging and inevitably we’ve had to leave out some excellent pieces along the way.

Our expert panel of judges was co-chaired by journalist Laura Laker and Director of the Active Travel Academy Dr. Rachel Aldred, with academics Professor Guy Osborn and Dr. Pieter Verdegem, Victoria Hazael (Cycling UK), and Tanya Braun (Living Streets).

Winners were announced at the ATA Media Awards in Central London on November 25th. Congratulations to all our nominees, shortlistees, and winners: we look forward to running the awards again next year.

You can read our blog on the event here.

The Shortlist
1. News (written word)
Carlton Reid, Historic And Wonderful Cyclist And Pedestrian Tunnel Under River Tyne Re-Opens, Forbes
Feargus O’Sullivan, In Car-Choked Brussels, the Pedestrians Are Winning, CityLab – Winner
Kali Lindsay, Why parking on the pavement causes major problems for disabled people, Newcastle Chronicle

2. News (broadcast)
Tom Edwards, What do you breathe in on a commute? BBC London – Winner
Stacey Foster and Bob Warman, Family By Cycle Thumbs Up, ITV Central
Nick Van Mead and colleagues, London’s toxic school runs: how polluted is the air children breathe? Guardian Cities – Highly Commended

3. Features (written)
Carlton Reid, Bicyclists May Use Full Lane, Forbes
Dave Walker, A Cyclist’s Guide to Biking the City, Guardian Cities – Winner
Mark Alker, Verbier by Train, Singletrack Magazine (paywall)
Njogu Morgan, How Apartheid Killed Johannesburg’s Cycling Culture, Guardian Cities – Highly Commended
Stephen Burgen, ‘For me, this is paradise’: life in the Spanish city that banned cars’, Guardian Cities – Winner

4. Features (broadcast)
Peter Walker, Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives, The Guardian – Winner
Elodie Harper, Barton Hills Ramble, ITV local (no longer available online) – Highly Commended
Environmental Transport Association, Stop Killing Our Children
Alex Davis & Jenni Gwiazdowski, Mind the Cycling Gender Gap, Wheelsuckers podcast with Tiffany Lam

5. Local media
Lewis Mason Show, Music and conversation for your Thursday night, with a focus on health and wellbeing (episode focused on walking and mental health), BBC Sussex and Surrey (no longer available online) – Highly Commended
Andy Veale, interview with Roxanne de Beaux (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), Cambridge Independent (read here)
Andrea Sandor, After the Climate Declaration Manchester City Council Faces Its First Test, Manchester Confidential – Winner

6. Investigation/Long-term follow-up
Ross Lydall, reporting on the death of Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz (three pieces submitted), Evening Standard – Winner
Charles Critchell, Burning Bridges – Hammersmith Bridge: why our dependency on cars must end, FareCity – Winner
Road.cc, Near Miss of the Day


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