Oct 14, 2019
Pam Nelson

Clean air for Colchester – be part of the change

Colchester Borough Council have been awarded funding from DEFRA for a two year behaviour change project to tackle levels of pollution in the borough. Through the project they will be working in partnership with residents, schools, businesses and community groups to raise awareness of air quality issues and encourage people to take action.

We know for example that small easy changes to driving habits, such as switching the engine off whilst stationary, can cut pollution by up to 30% – think how much cleaner the air will be with 30% less pollution!

They want to make the air we breathe cleaner – but they can’t do it alone. Please fill in our survey and share it far and wide to help us get a better understanding of what is currently known about pollution and the effect it has on our health and well-being. The survey takes no longer than 8 minutes to complete: Clean Air Survey

They have also joined up with a local people to produce this 2 minute film all about the air in Colchester – they would love to know what you think – join the discussion #cleanaircol

For further information about the project please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/cleanair. If you have any questions or you would like the Clean Air Team to come and run an interactive session with your employees about the project please get in touch cleanair@colchester.gov.uk

Sep 24, 2019
Pam Nelson

Essex Walking Strategy Consultation

Essex County Council want to hear your views on the draft Essex Walking Strategy.

The draft Walking Strategy is a response to the challenges and opportunities of walking in Essex, it outlines in detail the steps being taken to encourage walking at present and the direction that will be taken in the future.

You can read the full Walking Strategy here

You can provide your feedback by taking the short survey on their website.

 

Aug 27, 2019
Pam Nelson

Walk the Talk – Sheepen Road

Working with some of our Travel Plan Club members in Sheepen Road we’ve produced a new lunchtime walking map, in the spirit of 2017’s Walk the Talk in North Colchester Business Park.

Walkers from Colchester Institute, Colchester Borough Counil and Aston Lark have mapped out three walks. They all start in Sheepen Rd and each take about 30 minutes to complete, meaning one lunchtime walk a day meets your recommended activity goal for the week!

Download a PDF of the maps to print out, or follow it on your phone.

Aug 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

#MeetYourMinimum – 30 minutes of activity a day

Did you know, the NHS recommends you undertake a minimum of 150 hours of physical activitiy a week. That’s just 30 minutes a day Monday-Friday leaving you plenty of time to relax at the weekend!

30 minutes a day isn’t a lot when you think about it, that could be a walk or cycle to work, a walk to and from the bus stop, or just strolling with your kids to school. It all adds up!

We want our members to pledge to #MeetYourMinimum, and at just 30 minutes a day it’s easy.

Download our posters below and let your colleagues know

Aug 13, 2019
Pam Nelson

Job opportunity: Sustainable Travel Planning Officer

There’s an exciting opportunity to join the Highways and Transportation team at Essex County Council, find out more below:

Sustainable Travel Planning Officer  (21815)

Contract: Permanent

Working Hours: Full-time

Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum

Primary Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date (Period for Applying): 16/08/19

Job summary and Responsibilities
Over the coming years, the Highways and Transportation team will strive to modernise the service, specifically around leveraging value from technology and raising customer engagement.

The Sustainable Travel Planning Officer will be responsible for promoting credible alternatives to the private car through a menu of Travel Planning measures throughout Essex. Assisting with the co-ordination, development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable Travel Plans, both voluntary and those secured through the planning process, in line with relevant policies to encourage modal shift throughout Essex.

The role will champion sustainable travel initiatives, ensuring tenacious delivery of Travel Planning, innovation and excellent communication, applying these skills to deliver a wide range of sustainability-led projects.

Apply online

Aug 5, 2019
Pam Nelson

CTPC’s Pam receives Cycling UK award

Colchester Travel Plan Coordinator Pam Nelson was recently recognised by Cycling UK for her tireless commitment to promoting sustainable transport in Colchester.

Pam first got involved by chance when she noticed a sign for Colchester Cycling Campaign not long after she’d moved to Colchester 20 years ago.

Pam was awarded CTC Volunteer of the Year East Anglia in 2004, then went on to organise Colchester’s first ‘in town without my car’ day the next year and completed bikeability instructor training too. She’s subsequently set up Cycle Training East, revive the Colchester CTC group in 2010, and was Sustrans volunteer group coordinator from 2005-14.

Pam joined CTPC in 2014 and then helped set up Colchester Bike Kitchen in 2015. Still not finished, she arranged Cycling UK ride leader training in November 2018 for six of her Sunday riders. And most recently, working with Essex County Council, Pam helped to obtain funding for a two-year community-led street design project, which started April 2019 in Winstree Road, Stanway.

From Colchester Travel Plan Club we extend our warmest congratulations to Pam.

Read the full story on the Cycling Uk Website

 

Jul 23, 2019
Pam Nelson

8th August 2019 – Cycle to Work Day


Get your employees ready for Cycle to Work Day 2019
Cycle to Work Day will be back on Thursday 8th August. This year, it’s all about giving your employees that Love to Ride feeling from now until the big day…

How can my employees take part? 
Via the free online Love to Ride community, where employees can share their experiences of trying a different commute, and upload their cycle rides for a chance of winning from a bumper haul of prizes. They’re running seven weeks of cycling challenges. So that’s seven separate opportunities for your employees to win.

How can I promote the event to employees?
The free toolkit is packed with digital assets and posters to help you promote Cycle to Work Day and Cyclescheme.

Jul 1, 2019
Pam Nelson

Women’s Festival of Cycling

The Women’s Festival of Cycling returns in 2019 and events take place throughout the UK in July. Cycling UK will be raising the profile of women’s cycling, putting on events to encourage more women to cycle, and featuring the women in cycling who inspire others. Join in and celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides.

Register an event to get involved!

May 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

8-16th June 2019 – Bike Week

Bike Week is the UK’s annual awareness-raising week to showcase everything that’s great about cycling!

Bike Week aims to get many more people across the UK to give cycling a try. So we are encouraging people like you to get out on your bike between Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Why not experience ‘everyday’ cycling – whether that’s riding your bike to work, school, to the shops or for leisure – and see how easily it can be a part of your daily life. Hundreds of great events will be taking place suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience to help you enjoy cycling, such as family-friendly rides, bike maintenance workshops, bike breakfasts and group rides.

Visit the website to see what’s happening near you.

You could even organise an event for friends, colleagues or your local pub or club. Simply register with Bike Week to benefit from:
• Event listing promoted across the UK
• Free public liability insurance
• Promotional materials and tips to make the most of your event.

Want to get involved with Bike Week at your workplace? Find out more at the Bike Week website, or download an events pack.

#BikeWeekUK #7DaysofCycling

May 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

30/30 Essex

Are you ready to take the challenge?

3030 Essex is a great way to begin or refresh your journey to getting more physically active.

No challenges to complete, no distances to run, no targets to beat – just 30 minutes of activity for the 30 days of June – your way!

Why not use June as an opportunity to try a new activity or sport? There’s plenty of inspiration from our Daily Guest Editorseverything from This Girl Can ambassadors, the Fire Brigade and Help for Heroes – they’re all lined up to give you a daily dose of ideas.

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