The Active Travel Academy has announced the shortlist for its inaugural Media Awards event that marks the launch of the Academy’s work. This event recognises excellent work by journalists and reporters covering issues around active transport and road safety. 

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After careful consideration of the numerous received excellent pieces, the expert panel, 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 from Cycling UK, and Tanya Braun from Living Streets, is pleased to announce the shortlisted entries.

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
•    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 
•    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

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

4. Features (broadcast)
•    Peter Walker, Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives, The Guardian
•    Elodie Harper, Barton Hills Ramble, ITV local (no longer available online)
•    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)
•    Andy Veale, interview with Roxanne de Beaux (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), Cambridge Independent (no longer available online)
•    Andrea Sandor, Just a load of hot air? After the Climate Declaration Manchester City Council Faces Its First Test, Manchester Confidentials

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

Winners will be announced at the ATA Media Awards in Central London on 25 November 2019. 

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