National award for Cycle Hub

The Barossa is better by bike - an affirmation that stands true after the Barossa Cycle Hub took out a national award at the 2016 Cycling Luminaries Awards last week.

Barossa Council won the Built Environment and Urban Design category, which recognises how cycling infrastructure can influence community participation in cycling.

The award reinforces Council’s vision to be bike friendly, which is the driver for multiple initiatives under the “Barossa by Bike” banner.

Mayor Bob Sloane said the award reaffirmed Council’s commitment to creating the Barossa as a bike friendly destination.

“We recognise the social and economic benefits and tourism opportunities associated with cycle tourism and believe becoming leaders in this field will perfectly complement the region’s reputation for premium food and wine,” he said.

The Awards were held Canberra on Wednesday night and attracted a range of dignitaries including keynote speaker Shelly Pohl, executive director of the United States President’s Council on Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition.

The Hub was officially opened in 2015 and is a venue for community and education events with a cycling focus as well as bike hire, storage, toilets and showers, bike repair and cycling information.

Attending the awards in Canberra were Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor, Barossa Council representatives Heidi Helbig and Joanne Thomas and Executive Director of the United States President’s Council on Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Shellie Pohl.