A Manchester-based cycling campaign has won the “Greener Futures” category at an awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall last night.
“Love Your Bike,” the “Greater Manchester campaign which aims to promote cycling and to help make it an attractive, accessible and fun way to get around,” beat two other other shortlisted organisations to win £300 at the “Be Proud” awards. The award scheme, run by Manchester City Council, has 10 categories, including “blossoming communities” and “unsung hero”. The Green Futures category is described thus – “From encouraging local wildlife and campaigning to reduce CO2 emissions to educating people on climate change, this award champions people/projects working at a local level to build sustainable, green communities of the future.”
Pete Abel, a volunteer with “Love Your Bike” told MCFly “The other projects in our category are really great, so we were very pleased to win. It’s great that our work to increase the number of people cycling has been recognised as an important part of helping to build sustainable communities.”.”
The runners-up were Elaine Gray – “Elaine runs the Growing Faith allotment in Gorton. Bringing together people from the local community, this charity orchard provides free, locally grown fruit and vegetables to vulnerable people’s drop in centres across Manchester” – and The Future Footprints Young People – “Through collaborative music and film projects, this group of Moss Side youngsters have received national acclaim for their work in highlighting the dangers of man made climate change.”
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[Conflict of interest disclaimer: Marc Hudson is so far in beer-debt to Pete Abel that they’ve both lost count of precisely how many kegs are owed. The idea for this story came, however, from MCFly.]