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Jan 7, 2014
emilyharrup

Get in Gear for the New Year with Loveurcar Colchester

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2013 is now finished, but the Loveurcar campaign will continue to support you in the New Year to make a positive difference in your driving- and your funds!

During this last year they have kept busy with campaigns such as their original Flash Mob, ‘Don’t be an Idler’, ’70p a litre’ and to top it all, a Christmas competition with a £300 prize for one lucky winner! Bringing to life the lovable characters of Purdy, Baz and Bobnoxious-always ready to give you some advice- Loveurcar has been convincing drivers to be more thoughtful about how and when they drive. If you need a quick reminder of what you can do in order to save money, be greener and keep fit have a look at their blogs– you’re bound to find something that will prove useful.

For those of you that are still working on your New Year’s resolutions, the Loveurcar project is encouraging you to think about your driving habits and see if there’s anything you can improve. Why not give it a go and try some more eco-friendly alternatives of driving this year?

Oct 9, 2013
emilyharrup

70p a litre to drive to work!

Car share billboard 2 low resIt is National Liftshare week.  Sharing your journey to work is a great sociable and cost effective way to reduce the cost of your commute while contributing to reducing traffic congestion. Many Travel Plan Club members also offer dedicated parking bays for car sharers too.

Loveurcarcolchester is celebrating lift sharing throughout October!

There are twenty £15 iTune vouchers up for grabs. Try a car share trip and tell Loveurcarcolchester how it went and how much you saved and you could be a winner!

So talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbours and see if you can find someone to try a car share trip to work with. If you are happy to look online visit www.essex.liftshare.com

May 14, 2013
emilyharrup

Pledge to walk for the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers

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Perfect Purdy over at LoveUrCarColchester is getting people out of their cars and on to their feet and is offering you the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers. All you need to do is pledge to walk for short trips rather than taking the car.

Walking for short journeys is not only better for the environment and your health but is also better for the car. Short journeys don’t give the engine or catalytic convertor time to reach their operating temperature and efficiency, meaning more wear and tear.

So if you love your car and love Colchester, give your car a rest and join Purdy. What pledge will you make to change at least one of your short car trips for your feet instead?

Make your pledge between Monday 22 April and Friday 31 May to be entered into the prize draw. The winner will be drawn on Monday 3 June.

Apr 11, 2013
emilyharrup

25 March highlights

 

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Fingers crossed the weather is going to improve  in time for our spring promotions.  This isn’t a photo from this year!

If you didn’t make it to the recent CTPC meeting, here are the highlights. 

May is walking month and kicks off with the internationally renowned Jane’s Walk, more in a blog from David coming soon. For the first time the CTPC will be running its own walk, so please join us. Please share the full programme with your colleagues and encourage them to come along.

Loveurcarcolchester launches it’s ‘Short Trip – Take the Pavement’ campaign in May, you may see billboards around town. There is a £100 shoe voucher prize draw for anyone pledging to swap one of their short car journeys for their feet instead.

Walk to Work week is 13 – 17th May and the University, ECC and CBC will be holding their own walking challenges.

Check out the link, if you want a free fun walking online challenge to get your workmates competing.

On the cycling front the CTPC is planning to develop a local online Bike Challenge this year using funding obtained from ECC last year. Collaboration with the University on this project is being explored.

Cycle Colchester e-newsletters, put together by the CTPC  have been revamped to include much more including infrastructure developments, monthly profile on a local cyclist, useful information, educational content as well as local events.  We will send CTPC members future e-newsletters which we hope you can share with colleagues.

We still have funding to run some cycle confidence training sessions, so if you would like to do some but can’t fund it yourself, get in touch.

A ‘See Me’ campaign is planned for autumn.

We promote cycling all year round but if you want to focus on one specific week, make it Bike Week, June 15 – 23.

Buses! We haven’t done much to promote buses in recent years, we want to do more this year but first we feel we need to get more in touch with how existing bus users find the services they use.

We are putting together a bus users survey to get feedback. If you would like to send it to your bus users and we haven’t yet been in touch, please get in contact.

Results will be used to establish a better dialogue with the bus operators and to tailor our marketing approach.

Survey results and ECC accreditation Several of our members took part in our two yearly travel survey last year. We are still doing the write up, but response rates were significantly higher than in previous years and results were positive. Congratulations to seven of our members, who have gained Essex County Council business Travel Plan accreditation this year. A blog specifically on the survey results and accreditation will be coming soon.

New ideas to pursue Finally, we discussed developing an online sustainable travel challenge which wasn’t just confined to cycling that could be used by CTPC members to encourage travel change. We will be looking for funding sources to pursue this, but will also see how it could be integrated on the back of the Cycle Challenge.

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

 

Feb 25, 2012
Andrew Budd

Loveurcarcolchester

And now for something completely different. Our keen followers may have heard rumblings about an exciting new project, working on new themes in very different ways. And we can’t keep our secret any longer. Coming to you, and the whole of Colchester, next week, is the LOVEURCARCOLCHESTER project.

At Loveurcarcolchester we recognise that car use is very important in Colchester, and that for many local trips we need to use our cars.
So how do we make our town a better place by playing our part in reducing traffic congestion, as we all accept that it’s sometimes a problem?
Loveurcarcolchester is here to have fun, and support transport change.
We’re here to celebrate what’s good about local driving, and also to encourage smarter driving, looking at car sharing, fuel economy and much more……
And, maybe sometimes, we can try something else?

Thank you to government department Defra for supporting this project in Colchester. The project partners are the Colchester Borough Council Air Quality team, Colchester Travel Plan Club, and local mediamakers and style gurus V102.

So what can we expect? Get ready to meet Bald Baz, Perfect Purdy, Frankie Two-Toes and Bob Noxious, our video heroes. From next week, visit our website www.loveurcarcolchester.co.uk and maybe win an i-Pad2.

Jan 26, 2012
emilyharrup

Full set of spanners at CTPC workshop!

 

Not many schools can boast that cycling is an integral part of their curriculum. The Gilberd School teaches mountain biking and Bikeability within timetabled lessons, holds bike races as part of sports day, and has a weekly bike club. And the headliner is an impressive bike maintenance workshop which is run as a small business and where students can learn bike maintenance as part of a qualification.  With  bikes that don’t work, being one of the main reasons kids don’t cycle to school, The Gilberd’s bike maintenance workshop is about to go mobile and help out at other schools.  Thanks to Roger Springett for hosting January’s CTPC event, and for the tour afterwards which included the bike workshop and facilities plus the impressive shiny new trailer which will soon be transformed into a mobile workshop.

So back to club news:

CTPC Governance: With the winding-down of Colchester2020, Jeremy Lucas (ECC) and Paul Wilkinson (CBC) talked about future governance of the club and member involvement in determining the direction the club goes in and priorities.  Emily and Andrew have always responded and evolved to the needs of the TPC members and are happy to continue doing this. Paul will be organising a workshop for members to discuss governance issues/priorities etc. All agreed that any opportunity to bid for funding should be taken advantage of to help ongoing funding of the CTPC and new projects.

Summer Cycling Promotions: Get your costed ideas for promotions within your workplace into Andrew and Emily by the beginning of February. Funding may be available from ECC for training, events, Dr Bike etc and any new ideas you have. We all liked the Cycle Challenge as a cross CTPC promotion but the cost is an issue, could we develop our own online logging system? One for Andrew and Emily to explore…..

STEPS – Active Travel:  Legs Eleven walking project is still happening, and is expected to be launched in the spring. A decision on ERDF funding is imminent, which will put more funding into this and other NCBP projects.

2012 Events:  We are happy to support you in any events where you are promoting sustainable transport. One highlight in this year’s calender is the  ACTTravelwise’s spring conference  which is being hosted by Charlotte at UofE and has an exciting line up showcasing Transport in the 21st Century. There is a pre-conference event on the 29th March with the main conference on the 30th.  Use the link above to see the full programme and to book your place.

Drive Colchester: £5000 is available to CTPC members to promote car sharing and smarter driving in 2012! A second grant from DEFR has given us this great opportunity for some more bespoke promotions over and above the central project we are currently working on. So please let us have your ideas…. whether it be advanced driving lessons, an on site mechanic, car share matching events, Love Your Car promotions, bespoke publicity material, dedicated car share bays or something else…

The central campaign will run over a couple of months starting around mid February, with a short funky film on carsharing and another on smarter driving.  Radio (Heart, Dream, Uni, Garrison, Hospital?-  are there others we can approach??) and billboard campaigns will promote the films and Drive Colchester website, plus publicity in TPC member organisations… watch this space for more info…

Travel Plan Accreditation scheme: Many of our members have achieved a silver and want to go for gold. Survey response rates are the main barrier and Rachel gave us ideas for maximising response rates by offering attractive inventives, offering a paper version, timing the survey to coincide with a change in parking arrangements etc.

Survey time is here again:  We do a full survey across all members every two years, usually in May to measure our progress. Survey results have been good with a year on year 3% decrease in people driving to work and big increases in people mixing their modes.  The challenge this year is to get the high response rate to help our members hit gold, as well as get some robust stats to measure our progress  by.  So we will be talking to members over the next few months on how best to tackle this for their organisation and noted that if we can put the month long survey back or forward a week it will help out the Uni as May clashes with exam time.

Abellio and public transport: Good news that Abellio want to focus on customer service in their 2 year franchise, with their eye keenly set on achieving the franchise in the longer term. This means new dedicated customer service desks at key stations (including Colchester) interest in integrated transport, more user-friendly timetables, marketing of under capacity trains (apparently there are very few that are overcrowded) We have had positive sounds about continuing our discount and hopefully they will be keen to work on some joint marketing of train travel with us. (Conversation today with our current contact at NXEA, Tanya, indicates business as usual from 5th Feb when Abellio take over – she is 99% certain existing discounts will continue.

CTPC public transport promotional material is all set to go, but ticket stock is still awaited from Network Colchester. Tony Mears has gone (Emily met new Regional General Manager Martin Evans after our meeting, hopefully the ticket stock will be appearing very soon so we can get on with our promotions).

ACTTravelwise: The CTPC pays for membership of ACTTravelwise  , who represent and lobbies for sustainable travel and travel planning nationally. Full CTPC members have access via their own log in.  It is a good resource for case studies, events, jobs and includes a forum for posting questions.  Emily will sort out current log ins and passwords.  Another good free resource to sign up to is Ways2Work funded by DfT and focused more on the private sector, with lots of good case studies, advice and best practice.

Helena encouraged us all to sign up  for a Free Business in the Community & ACE conference masterclass promoting health in the workplace, 8th February 09:30 – 13:30, lunch included, at the Holiday Inn in Eight Ash Green.

Thanks, and if you want to know more please get in touch.

Aug 16, 2011
Andrew Budd

Car sharing – can we make it more appealing?

We are promoting smarter driving and car sharing this autumn. But how do we make it appeal to a wider audience? Having looked at other campaigns on the internet, my conclusion is that there are some pretty uninspiring campaigns and images out there. Who wants to see pictures of serious looking folk pretending to car share to work? Where’s the joy, where’s the fun, why would I want to join in? At least the Highways Agency image (above) has a sense of quirkiness, with large numbers of people squeezing into a small car.

In the Travel Plan Club our members have tried different approaches to get people sharing. At one end of the spectrum is linkage to a national database, registering your journeys, setting up blocks so that one only gets acceptable matches, and searching for possibilities. But people often don’t like such processes, and have concerns about strangers, no matter how re-assuring the website tries to be. At the other end of the spectrum is the informal “coffee-morning” approach where people meet other potential rides from people in their company, maybe using much simpler technology –  real cards on real noticeboards – or just meeting actual people!

Of course, both approaches and concerns are valid, and we have to mix and match to get as much take-up as possible. Meanwhile, just up the road, a weird and wacky approach is being tried, a welcome contast to some of the worthy-but-dull approaches found elswhere on the www. Have a look at http://www.sharecarsnotcake.com/news/ to see something being tried in Suffolk.

New approaches are always worth looking at, and we would welcome YOUR ideas.

 

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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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