CED member receives bicycle award

| September 20, 2016

Jan Gehl, architect and owner at Gehl Architects (member of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark), became the recipient of the Peter Elming Initiative award 2016 on September 15th. The award was given to Jan Gehl, due to his lifelong pioneering work developing livable cities – and because Jan Gehl continuously has made cycling central to his architecture. The award is given by The Danish Cyclists’ Federation and with the honor follows a check for DKK 10.000. 

Credit: Ashley Bristowe & Gehl Architects

Credit: Ashley Bristowe & Gehl Architects

The award was presented to Jan Gehl at the official launch of the latest biography on Jan Gehl; “People first – The Architect Jan Gehl”. However, the star architect himself had no idea, that he was about to be surprised with the Peter Elming-award by the Danish Cyclists’ Federation for his extraordinary work promoting bicycling.

The award was handed to Jan Gehl by the chairman of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, Jette Gotsche, who in her speech gave the following incentive for choosing Jan Gehl as the award winner at the ceremony:

“You (Jan Gehl) are noticing things that few see. For you it is about creating cities for people. In order for people to live in cities, the cities have to be secure and safe, and not least have room for bicycles. Today we are not only honoring your new book release, but your entire life’s work. Your visionary abilities have incorporated the bicycle friendliness in city planning all over the world, and we are a feeling that you are far from done setting your mark.”

Since publishing of the visionary book “Life between the houses” in 1971, Jan Gehl has inspired and given advice to architects and decision makers both at home and abroad. Furthermore, he has put his mark on city planning globally – from New York to Mexico City to Melbourne.

About the Peter Elming-award
The Peter Elming Initiative award is given to people or authorities, who have made an extraordinary effort in coordinating traffic, safety, environmental or other elements in promoting bicycling in Denmark. The award is in commemoration to Peter Elming, who was the chairman of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation (1980-88). Peter Elming died tragically in a traffic accident in 1993.

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Category: Cycling, Cycling Embassy of Denmark, Infrastructure, Meet the Members, Planning

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