Updated – 28/11/22

Winners of the 2022 national Cycling Luminaries Awards were announced at a Gala dinner held in Sydney at the Royal Randwick Racecourse Ballroom last night. They are:

  • Steadyrack Leadership Award – Volunteer Marie Lawton, Northern Rivers Rail Trail
  • Steadyrack Leadership Award – Professional the Hon Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Active Transport
  • Steadyrack Leadership Award – Honourable Mention the Hon Rita Saffioti MP, WA Minister for Transport
  • FE Sports Bike Culture Award the Bikes Palya program, Bicycle South Australia,
  • Cyclecover Built Environment & Urban Design Award Cooks River Bikeway NSW.

The Gala Awards Dinner was hosted by TV host and media personality, Osher G­ünsberg and organised by We Ride Australia as part of the inaugural Micromobility Conference and Expo held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Above: Roxanne Thornton representing Cooks River Cycleway Canterbury Bankstown, Marie Lawton – Northern Rivers Rail Trail, Julia Dempster – Bikes Palya and Michelle Prior representing Minister Rita Saffioti.

It brought together Australian bicycle sector organisations with industry & Award nominees to celebrate achievements in the Award categories of Leadership, Bike Culture and Built Environment.

The 2022 Awards were announced with Major Sponsor, Steadyrack, and Awards Sponsors Network Insurance Group – Cyclecover and FE Sports joining Osher to present the Awards ahead of the evenings inspiring Key Note Address from young indigenous leader Zibeon Fielding.

Above: L-R Jake Steadman – Steadyrack, Marie Lawton and Zibeon Fielding

The Awards winners in the categories of Bike Culture and Built Environment were announced but the independent judging panel departed from normal protocol in requesting that the Award for Leadership be split into Professional and Volunteer category prizes and also that an Honorable Mention Award be given.

Above: Damian Hicks from Cyclecover presenting Roxanne Thornton with the Award for Built Environment and Urban Design

The judges felt that the progress nationally in commitments and investments in bicycle riding over the preceding three years since the last Awards were run was so significant that three leaders in cycling were deserving of special recognition.

Above: FE Sports Darren Harper with Julia Dempster – Bikes Palya

The finalists were selected from more than 40 nominations from across Australia, from a women’s cycling program on Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) in the Gulf of Carpentaria to our cities and everything in between.

Above: Zibeon Fielding, health worker, IMF grad and young leader speaking with Osher Gunsberg.

Awards key facts:

Above: the WeRide team hosting the 2022 Cycling Luminaries Awards, from L-R Osher Fielding, Peter Bourke, Laura Wilson and Stephen Hodge

Media contact: Peter Bourke 0438 871 271, peter@weride.org.au