Transport award for cyclist Lewis
Lewis Lawton, of Shrivenham, has been crowned the Sustrans Volunteer Of The South West in recognition of his work to promote cycling.
Lewis, 61, who is national cycling charity Sustrans’ Swindon volunteer ranger group co-ordinator, received the award at the Swindon Bicycle User Group AGM .
“I am really following in my father’s pedals,” he said. “He was instrumental in the creation of the British Cycling Federation and was, as a volunteer, its first president.
“I am quite chuffed about winning it, I was very surprised. I didn’t even think there was such an award.
“It was sprung on me at the Bicycle User Group meeting and presented to me by a Swindon councillor.
“It is really nice to be recognised in this way, and in my turn I would want to recognise the hundreds of hours of volunteer time given by the Sustrans ranger group here in Swindon.
“Without their dedication the National Cycle Network from South Cerney, through Swindon, to Marlborough and beyond would not attract as many cyclists as it does.”
Lewis, who is also a qualified cycling instructor, has been a Sustrans volunteer ranger since 2008, and became the Swindon group co-ordinator in 2011.
The new role involves maintaining existing signs along the National Cycle Network from Blunsdon to South Cerney, as well as putting up new ones and organising events, public rides and fundraising for the national charity.
Lewis has also raised more than £20,000 for Mencap after cycling around the world.
Until recently he was also the chairman of the Swindon Bicycle User Group.
Lewis was nominated for the award by Alistair Millington, the Sustrans area manager for Swindon and Wiltshire.
He said: “Lewis has shown commitment and tenacity as a volunteer, as well as a passion for supporting cycling in Swindon.”
Keith Williams, the cabinet member for highways, strategic transport and leisure, who presented Lewis with the award, said: “Lewis has been an unsung hero of the cycling community in and around Swindon for many years.
“This award is a fitting tribute to the commitment he has shown to promoting cycling, working with national bodies and developing and publicising routes amongst many other activities.”