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Nov 28, 2012
emilyharrup

New faces and the NQE Business Awards

First I would like to introduce Claudia and David who have recently joined the Colchester Travel Plan Club as interns and Gareth who has joined Essex County Council’s Sustainable Business Travel Plan team.

Sadly it is goodbye to Rachelle who is moving on to change management within ECC.  Claudia, David and Gareth look forward to working with you.

 

 

Back to the NQE awards and a huge thanks to all of our finalists, we hope you all had a good time on Friday. The quality of the projects described was fantastic and it was almost impossible to pick just two winners. After a huge amount of deliberation, congratulations go to Defence Support Group and The Gilberd who won the award.

To celebrate all our finalists’ achievements, below is a brief synopsis of each as well as a write up on the winners.

The Finalists

University of Essex – The partnership with Re-Cycle the charity that sends refurbished bikes to Africa is a fantastic way to re-cycle bikes abandoned by students and in a virtuous circle then sell refurbished bikes back to cash strapped students. The Uni’s efforts to get students on bikes includes a weekly free Dr Bike service, cycle training and heavily subsidised bike security tagging

6th Form College – In a joint peer to peer project with Sustrans, students have produced a range of innovative posters to encourage fellow students to get on a bike. These have been featured in Cyclelife and may get rolled out beyond the 6th form college. Alongside this project the college has introduced a new comprehensive, friendly and attractive travel section on their intranet.

Inntel – As a business operating from a remote location, we were very impressed with Inntel’s commitment to their travel plan, the range of incentives and facilities they have for their staff and their forward thinking green credit scheme, where achievements of credits for example for using green transport are exchanged for vouchers at the end of the year.

CoHoc – Using Bike Week as a means of fundraising while at the same time encouraging people to cycle, was a different approach for getting people back on a bike. CoHoC offered a great range of cycling initiatives including Dr Bike, guided rides, refresher session all contributing to a successful bike week at the hospital.

The Winners

Defence Support Group – Colchester – The level of commitment shown to promoting sustainable travel and particularly cycling was very impressive. Having voluntarily started a travel plan, with no dedicated resources or funding, staff have really embraced cycling as a means for unifying, improving health and building moral amongst staff.

Staff from HR, the shop floor, H&S and management all spoke passionately about how cycling was impacting positively on their organisation. 

Pool bikes are used by senior management as well as staff from the shop floor for business and personal trips and lunch time rides with colleagues. A group always take part in theLondontoBrightoncharity bike ride. Covered parking, showers, lockers and drying facilities provide support for cyclists.  As a result of their commitment, cycling to work has risen from 7% to an impressive 16% since 2010.

 The Gilberd – Cycling has been integrating throughout the school curriculum through the passion and hard work of key staff. Staff have been trained to deliver Bikeability training, mountain and track biking, allowing pupils the opportunity to develop specialist as well as general cycling skills. This means that every single child receives a solid experience on which to continue cycling as they get older. Following the Olympics, another cycling sport has been introduced, pursuit cycling. Their commitment to encouraging cycling stretches beyond the school. Staff work with primary schools in the local area offering cycle training and their cycling workshop, run by staff and students, offers a repair service to the school and wider community.

Nov 23, 2012
emilyharrup

Purdy’s Christmas competition

Purdy’s back with a Christmas competition.

She is so pleased with how much she has saved on her fuel bill simply by making a few easy changes to how she drives, that she wants to give someone a nice Christmas present!

So she has launched a Christmas competition to share with everyone how she has reduced her fuel bill.

There are £200 Love2shop vouchers for Christmas up for grabs at www.loveurcarcolchester.co.uk plus you can pick up her fuel saving tips.

The competition closes Friday 14 November at 09:00 and is open to those who are over 17 and live, work, study or spend leisure time in Colchester

 

Nov 23, 2012
emilyharrup

All will be revealed tonight!

 

 

It is the Newsquest business awards tonight, and again this year we have sponsored the Active and Sustainable Travel category along with Essex County Council’s Sustainable Business Travel Plan team.

We have six fantastic finalists who we asked to tell us about the project they are most proud of that has either:

  1. Reduced the costs and emissions of business travel; or
  2. Encouraged staff to be more active; or
  3. Contributed to reducing the carbon emissions generated from the journey to work; or
  4. Encouraged the local community to be more active or reduce their carbon emissions

Our finalists are:

  • Colchester sixth form college
  • The Gilberd
  • Colchester Hospitals Charity
  • Inntel
  • University of Essex
  • Defence Support Group

Our two winners will be revealed this evening. It has been wonderful talking to everyone and seeing their enthusiasm and passion for their projects. It has been an incredibly difficult task to decide on just two winners and we want all our finalists to know that we were very impressed with all of the projects and work described to us.

We will blog about our winners next week, but as we were so impressed with all the projects described to us, we will give you an overview of all of our finalists as well!

Emily

Nov 23, 2012
emilyharrup

Claudia checks out the new bus station.

As you all probably (and hopefully!) know by now, the new bus station has been opened. It has moved on Sunday, the 18th November, from the Temporary Bus Station onQueen Street to the new one on Osborne andStanwell Street.

As a bus frequent bus user myself, I checked out the facilities available. There is the covered waiting lounge, (good for foggy, freezing late-autumn days), additional seating area and improved toilet facilities.

Furthermore, two electronic timetable screens are being put up which will detail all buses, which will be really useful, since I would normally always end up wondering where I can find information about my next bus home (particularly if you can choose from more options, and would have to walk from one bus stop to another to check the times).

For those of you who are interested in a bit of technology, you’ll probably enjoy exploring the information pods, which can give you assistance with journey planning, as well as various pieces of information about the town. They are located in Osborne and Stanwell street. They also enable access to audio announcements for blind and partially-sighted passengers, used in conjunction with the appropriate fobs (available from the Colchester Information Centre).

Finally, there is no need to panic! We have been helping out Colchester Borough Council colleagues on the street talking to people about the changes and the frequent question was whether their bus will continue to service the town centre or not.  And the answer is yes, the buses will still run through the town centre,  so if that is the stop you would usually catch your bus from, then you can continue doing that.

 Link to Colchester Borough Council website for more information

Claudia

Nov 6, 2012
emilyharrup

Belated CTPC write up

Re-cycle inundated with customers at freshers fair.

A much belated write up about the last Travel Plan Club meeting held at the University on the 6 September. 

The CTPC has been very busy particularly helping the University and Colchester Institute with their freshers fairs plus undertaking lots of travel surveys for our various members.

Things have moved on since the meeting, so just a quick recap and update on a few key points…

 

 

Replacing Andrew: Claudia started today and David will start next week! We have successfully recruited two interns who will work  with us until March 2013.  We look forward to working with them and will introduce them to you soon. 

Key projects:

ECC accreditation:

We are keen to help our members achieve ECC accreditation.  Several of you are aiming for silver and a couple for gold. The main challenge is the survey response rate, so this year surveys will be bespoke to each organisation as a new approach to encourage more participation.  The deadline for completing surveys was this week, and Colchester Institute, CHUFT and CBC’s are complete with the Uni’s ending this week. More on survey results in a future blog!

Cycling Promotion:

Emily is now a trained ride leader so could lead rides from your organisation if this is something you want to set up.

£300 funding is available for a See Me campaign, highlighting the need and legal requirement to use lights at night and to wear high viz clothing. Due to  resource constraints this has only been pursued at the Uni this year with two very successful ‘See Me’ twilight rides.  Let’s put this in the programme for next year and do something Travel Plan Club wide.

We also still have £2k funding for our own in house Cycle Challenge, Charlotte thinks the Uni might be able to help with this project – perhaps as a student project.. one to pursue for next spring.

Cycle Colchester E- Newsletters are going out each month, the aim is to show that cycling isn’t just for summer and that activities take place throughout the year.

Loveurcarcolchester

There is still funding for CTPC bespoke promotions. Events have already taken place at the University where we promoted their car share scheme and used an eco driving simulator to raise awareness of fuel efficient driving, we did the same at CHUFT, however there we were launching their new car share scheme offering dedicated parking bays.  We aim to hold events in seven different organisations – so what can we do for you to promote car sharing and fuel efficient driving?

The Autumn campaign starts soon, and will highlight how Purdy’s savings have paid for her Christmas shop. We need the CTPC’s support to promote this campaign.

Forward planning/promotional events

We want to help you with anything you would like to promote over the coming months. Public Transport is one area that we haven’t promoted heavily. Please give us your ideas.

We are sponsoring the Active and Sustainable Travel NQE business awards this year, thanks to those members who have entered and good luck.

The temporary bus station in Queen Street will be closing on 17 November 2012 and the new bus station in Osborne Street opening 18 November. CBC will provide us with information shortly that we can share with our organisations.

 We haven’t yet set a date for the next meeting but will do soon. It will probably be in January 2013.

What’s coming up?

5 - 19 May Colchester Walking Challenge

10 - 25 June Colchester Cycle Challenge

(10 - 17 June National Bike Week)

14 June CTPC members meeting

15 June National Clean Air Day

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