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Jun 8, 2017
emilyharrup

15 June – National Clean Air Day

The first ever National Clean Air Day falls on Wednesday 15th June.

Air quality has been in the media a lot recently as the evidence of the health impacts of air pollution, particularly from motorised vehicles is now very clear, with old people, unborn babies, children and those suffering from lung and heart problems the most vulnerable.

In Colchester alone 143 early deaths every year are attributable to air pollution.

As a town with an air quality problem in specific areas including the town centre (see more about Colchester’s air quality problem and the Air Quality Management Areas), we are very keen to support this initiative and the Clean Air Day organisers have provided heaps of free resources to help us.

Everyone who drives has a responsibility to contribute to reducing air pollution and there are small actions everyone can take that can contribute to making a big difference.

Please use the day to raise awareness of the causes and health impacts of air pollution and ask your colleagues to pledge to make a change to their travel behaviour on the 15th June.

With just one hour of your time, you could:

  • Forward the social media message and information to your communications team and ask them to promote the day internally and externally including signing up to the Thunderclap

National Clean Air Day Social media resources

  • Put the posters below up around your workplace

Fact1 – Pollution inside cars

Fact2 – Pollution damages our hearts

Fact3 – How to avoid worst air pollution

Poster – Leave the car at home

Poster – Will you join us?

  • Share these leaflets with your colleagues

2 page leaflet

12 page leaflet

 There are 4 pledges to choose from

Leave my car at home

Turn off my engine whenever I can

Walk my children to school

Share tips on how to cut pollution with others.

  • Promote AirTEXT a free alert service highlighting high pollution level days in Colchester so people with heart and lung conditions can take action if needed. AirTEXT alert service

If you can do a bit more?

There are lots of other ideas and resources available to help you draft a message from your chief executive or managing director, to hold an event, or talk to people about turning off their engines. Look at the resources below for further information.

Workplace Toolkit

Communication Resources

No idling flyer

There are other resource packs for schools and healthcare providers packed with ideas, posters, templates and key messages to share.

Go to the Clean Air Day website for more information.

Jun 7, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester Cycle Challenge 2017

We move swiftly from walking in May to cycling in June where our Colchester Cycle Challenge launches on the first day of National Bike Week.

Five miles is recommended as a reasonable distance for people to cycle and recent research shows that regular cycling can halve the risk of heart disease and cancer. Cycling doesn’t only benefit your health, if you use it as a means of transport you also get reliable journey times, often a choice of routes not open to car drivers, and the opportunity to introduce activity into your daily routine without the cost and time needed to go to a gym!

Most of urban Colchester is covered within five miles, so the Colchester Cycle Challenge is a good opportunity to promote cycling and its benefits within your workplace.

The Challenge!

Open to all Colchester businesses and organisations, the Colchester Cycle Challenge runs from the 10th – 25th June.

The challenge can be used to encourage and support people new to cycling to either get on a bike or cycle more, as well as to challenge the regular and experienced cyclists to push themselves to cycle further/more regularly.

Can your organisation top the cycling leaderboard? Can you pit one department against another to see who is the cycling champion?

As our overall aim is to encourage more people into the joys of cycling, we are offering everyone the chance to be rewarded for their efforts. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Movers – Beginners
Shakers – Regular cyclists
Groundbreakers – The competitive hard core!
Active Travellers – Cycle to work/to a meeting at least twice during the challenge.

Plus a BIG SHOUT OUT for the organisation that gets the most colleagues cycling and collectively cycles the furthest!

Help, Encouragement and Motivation.

Sometimes people are a bit nervous about cycling and just need a little nudge of encouragement.

To help colleagues new to cycling to get started, share the Cyle Colchester website with them where they can find information about how to get help to fix their bike, route planning and Bikeability confidence training.  www.cyclecolchester.org.uk

To encourage colleagues to take part, could you organise a lunch time bike ride to a nearby café? Could you offer staff a free bike check at work? A free bike breakfast as a thank you for cycling always goes down well? Or how about some sort of prize draw or random selection of a daily cyclist for a prize? Could you offer to buddy new cyclists and help identify and then try out their route to work? Contact us if you are interested in offering Bikeability confidence training sessions at your workplace.

Get creative and invite your regular cyclists to contribute ideas on how others who don’t currently cycle could be encouraged to.

Contact us if you want hard copies of the Colchester Cycle Map or Get On Your Bike leaflet, both can be found electronically as well (via the links)

It may be worth sharing the link to the Essex Cake Escape – a fun way to combine cycling to cycle friendly cafes with free cake! There are cafes locally in urban Colchester suitable for family rides with children, plus cafes across Essex for longer distance cyclists.

Then for additional family cycling fun at the weekend there is the Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail in High Woods Country Park.

Taking Part

We are using the Active Essex Workplace Challenge platform for this challenge and all cycle journeys can be logged either directly on the website or via the Active Essex app. Both Leisure and Active Travel cycling can be logged.

To join the challenge simply …

1) LOG IN (if you already have an account) or SIGN UP at Active Essex Workplace Challenge

2) Once you are signed in go to LEADERBOARDS

3) Click on COLCHESTER CYCLE CHALLENGE

4) Click on JOIN CHALLENGE Log your rides either online or download the Active Essex app

Enjoy the challenge!

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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