It's David vs Goliath! Why I'm thrilled to be nominated for a London Cycling Award (and need your vote)


Last week I was nominated for a London Cycling Award in the "Best Bike Blog" category - and I wanted to share with you how thrilled I am about this!


The awards - administrated and issued by the London Cycling Campaign - are handed out each year to those making an outstanding contribution to our capital's cycling scene.  From "cycling champions" to "best bike project" they are a rare moment of celebration in the campaigning calendar, and I'm delighted to have been nominated.

I've been editing ibikelondon blog continuously since 2009 and in that time have published nearly 500 articles covering everything from the dry (bicycle parking on the East London Line), the comical (how to survive a Skyride), to rallying cries about more serious issues that affect us all; particularly dangerous junctions, poor road design and HGVs.

I'm proud to have contributed to London's Go Dutch and Space4Cycling campaigns, to have helped formulate the thinking behind The Times' Cities Fit For Cycling campaign and to have contributed to the parliamentary Get Britain Cycling report. 



And the writing you see online - all of which is done in my own time and at no commercial profit to me - is just the tip of the iceberg, as I attend campaigning meetings and off-line events to gather stories, meet contacts and help with talks and rides.  I'm a founding member of the Movement for Liveable London, the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, have lectured on cycling and cities at Oxford and Westminster University and have even been lucky enough to report on cycling in cities as far away as Barcelona, Nice, Copenhagen and Taipei.  
Oh, and I even got invited on to Newsnight, too!

In short, ibikelondon is a real labour of love for me, something that I really enjoy doing but which has grown bigger than I could possibly have imagined when I started out 5 years ago.  Subsequently it is really touching to be nominated for a London Cycling Awards and for my efforts to be recognised in this way, I'm very pleased.

The Award winners will be chosen from the short list of nominees by a system of public voting over the following week.  Readers can choose their favourites by following this link between now and Tuesday 8th July.  It is a real David vs Goliath situation, with ibikelondon in the same category as commercial website Road.CC and professional blogs London Cyclist and Total Women's Cycling but to be in such august company is in itself an honour.  

If you feel inclined to vote, I appreciate it.  Thank you!

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6 comments:

congokid said...

You got my vote, Mark.

I love reading your blog but if I could be so bold as to make a couple of suggestions:

- your dark red hyperlinks can be quite difficult to read against the black background. Time for a brighter look?
- your list of related blogs in the left column would benefit from an overhaul as several haven't been updated for at least a year. There are some newer, more active ones around now. I also find it very useful to see which have been updated over the past few days - aviewfromthecyclepath has this functionality so maybe it's something you could look into.

Great job and good luck in the LC awards.

ibikelondon said...

Thanks Cogokidd, for your vote and for your really useful feedback.

You're right, and I quite agree, that the blog template could do with a bit of a refresh - I just need to find the time and the confidence to wrestle my HTML code in to shape :)

Thanks again and all the best! Mark

Anonymous said...

And you organised the 'Tour de Danger' a real eye opener for a lot of people.
You've got my vote

Heather
calluna23@me.com

ibikelondon said...

Thanks Heather (how could I forget!)

Chandra said...

Congratulations, Mark, on the nomination; and, best of luck!

Peace :)

ibikelondon said...

Thank you Chandra, I'm keeping everything crossed!