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Sep 14, 2017
emilyharrup

October 2017 Uni bike rides

Join us for a bike ride every Wednesday afternoon from the 11 October from the University. Choose from a variety of rides with different focuses!

Cycling is a cheap, healthy and green way to travel around Colchester. There are lots of off road and quiet cycle routes that you can use if you aren’t confident to cycle on the roads.

We are working with Essex Blades Cycling Club and the University to offer bike rides for staff and students throughout October to help highlight useful routes, build confidence and familiarise students new to the UK with the highway code and other useful information to help them cycle safely.

If you would like to go on one of the rides please complete the booking form below. You will need your own bike. If you haven’t got one yet, Re-Cycle sell refurbished second hand bikes at the Freshers fair.  Be sure to get there on time as the bikes sell fast!

Visit www.cyclecolchester.org.uk for more information about cycling in Colchester, the Uni’s cycling pages  and Essex Blades Cycling Club’s facebook page for more about the support the University offers to cyclists

Bookings for the bike rides will be accepted up to one hour prior to the start of the ride.

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Sep 14, 2017
emilyharrup

P&R added to bus network map

We have recently updated our bus network map to include the Park and Ride. Our map shows the main frequent bus services that are suitable for commuting to work or regular travel.

There is also a separate map for North Colchester which gives more detail for people working at North Colchester Business Park and Colchester Hospital.

You can download the maps below.

Colchester’s frequent buses network map

North Colchester bus network map

Jul 19, 2017
emilyharrup

Summer 2017 Bikeability courses

*Update* The Bikeability sessions will take place at Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium off Berechurch Road. Please email saferessexroads@essexhighways.org to book a place. Please don’t complete the form below! Thanks.

Colchester Travel Plan Club in partnership with Cycle Colchester and Safer Essex Roads Partnership are offering Bikeability sessions again this summer. We are still firming up the venue but are taking expressions of interest for Learn to Ride and Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2. There will be a £10 charge per participant.

Learn to Ride is aimed at anyone from 5 years upwards who isn’t able to cycle. The 45 minute session is a great confidence booster and the instructors usually get the participant cycling on two wheels by the end!

Combined levels 1 & 2 Bikeability is for children from 9 years old to adults, who want to improve their confidence to start cycling on quiet roads. The 8 hour course (over 2 days, 4 hours each day) covers road positioning, communication with other road users, recognising hazards and passing parked vehicles/side roads.

It is highly recommended that parents undertake Bikeability training too, so that you are aware of the good practice your children have been taught and can reinforce it when out cycling with them – you will also be surprised at how much it teaches you and how aware you become of the bad habits you may have got into!!

Either ourselves or Safer Essex Roads Partnership will be in touch soon to confirm the venue and send you the actual booking form.

Bikeability summer 2017 - expression of interest

  • Please let us know which sessions you are interested in and we will send you further information and the link to book soon. Bikeability Learn to Ride is for 5 years plus to adult and Bikeability combined levels 1&2 is for 9 years plus to adult.
 

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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.

May 27, 2017
emilyharrup

The Results! Colchester Walking Challenge

Well done to everyone who took part in the Walking Challenge!

Eleven local organisations took part with 135 people walking. Collectively we racked up a stonking 452,818 activity points!  

Individual winners

Everyone walking at least the recommended 150 minutes for both weeks (at least 750 activity points) was entered into a free prize draw. The winners were:

 1st - Danielle Woraker from Colchester Borough Council  who wins a £25 Fenwick Voucher

2nd - Lisa Cherry from the University of Essex who wins a pair of tickets for the Laughter Zone at the Colchester Arts Centre

3rd - Robert Diamond from Ingleton Wood who wins a pair of cinema tickets.

Active Travellers

54 people walked for Active Travel and collectively would have saved 383kg of CO2 had they done the same journey by car.

The top 20 Active Travellers were entered into a free prize draw and we are pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Natasha Sayers from Colchester Institute who wins afternoon tea for 2 at Wivenhoe House!

Top Walker

We thought it would also be good to reward the top walker too. So Katy Scott from CHUFT wins a pair of tickets for the Laughter Zone at Colchester Arts Centre having racked up a whopping 21,178 activity points over the two weeks.

Thanks again to the Arts Centre, University of Essex, Fenwick and the Odeon for donating the prizes.

Finally a shout out for our top workplaces and departments.

Winning Workplaces

The top three workplaces with the highest average activity points were:

1st CHUFT

2nd Colchester Institute

3rd Colchester Borough Council

 

Winning Departments (more than one participant)

The top three departments with the highest average activity points were:

1st Clinical Audit at CHUFT

2nd The Walkie Talkies team from CBC

3rd Facilities Department from Colchester Institute

Thanks for joining in.

Here is the full leaderboard for participating workplaces.

  Company

No of participants

Average activity points

1st

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (Colchester General Hospital)

5

7535

2nd

Colchester Institute (Colchester Campus and all sites)

31

3828

3rd

Colchester Borough Council (Rowan Hse & Shrub End)

63

2948

4th

University Of Essex (Colchester Campus)

20

2774

5th

Ingleton Wood LLP (Colchester)

7

1813

6th

Essex County Council (Essex House, Colchester)

3

661

Well done to the individuals at these workplaces who signed up to the challenge.

7th

Ringway Jacobs (Smo 2)

1

14,007

8th

Babcock International Group (Colchester)

1

9631

9th

NHS North East Essex Ccg

1

1,768

10th

Provide (Provide HQ, Colchester)

1

1,723

11th

Inntel

1

100

We hope you enjoyed the challenge and are feeling the health benefits? Look out for the cycling challenge coming up next month! 

May 8, 2017
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk in North Colchester Business Park

Walk the Talk, 12 local walks of differing lengths is now available to businesses working on the North Colchester Business Parks.

Each walk has its own name and includes details of its approximate length, number of steps, calories burned and time it will take.

So you might want try Love Your Heart, or the Crescent Loop, do the Tesco Hop or go for a longer Highwoods Country Ramble.

Whether you have twelve or fifty minutes to spare there is a walk for you. Get out for a breath of fresh air at lunchtime or take your team out for a walk to come up with some inspirational blue sky thinking while on the move.

Download the Walk The Talk poster.

 

Apr 25, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester Walking Challenge 5-19th May 2017

In celebration of Living Street’s National Walking Month, the Colchester Travel Plan Club in partnership with Active Essex’s Workplace Challenge are launching a Walking Challenge for Colchester businesses and organisations!

Walking is a great way for your employees to get active and much easier than most activity to build into a daily routine. Introducing some walking during the day boosts productivity as well, so a lunch time walk, walking to a meeting or even holding a walking meeting can all have business benefits.

Our challenge to you is to see how many employees you can encourage to walk the recommended 150 minutes a week during the Walking Challenge?

We will be holding prize draws for those that achieve at least 150 minutes of walking each week, we will also reward the most Active Travellers, and the department that walks the most.

But we also want to pit organisation against organisation and see what Colchester company tops the leader board as walking the most!

Throughout the challenge you will be able to see where your organisation is placed on the leader board and also within your organisation the top departments taking part (if applicable) and most active individuals.

To sign up to the Walking Challenge visit the Active Essex Workplace Challenge website

To encourage your staff to take part, why not offer some lunchtime walks, cancel some booked meeting rooms and hold the meeting while walking, promote Jane’s Walk a whole weekend of walks in Colchester between the 5 – 7th May , (more on the Jane’s Walk facebook page ) and check out Living Streets handy hints and tips.

Mar 13, 2017
emilyharrup

Free parking for car sharers at Colchester Station

Do you travel by train for business meetings?

Why not travel with colleagues and make the most of the work time you have on the train that you would lose if you travelled by car?

Plus if you car share to the station you can ENJOY UP TO 8 HOURS FREE PARKING at Colchester Station.

The LoveurcarColchester car share bays are located on the south side of the station and anybody car sharing to the station for business or personal use can use them free of charge. You need a Loveurcar car share permit which you can also get for free by applying online.

The Loveurcar car share permit can also be used in a number of car parks in town including St Mary’s, Vineyard Street, Britannia and St Johns where the car share bays are located in preferential locations. (Please note normal car park charges still apply in the town centre car parks)

Car sharers can save money on fuel and car park charges by taking it in turns to give lifts or by reimbursing their car share drivers with a contribution towards fuel and parking costs.

There are added community benefits if more people car share. Car sharing contributes to reducing the number of cars on the roads, improvements in air quality through fewer cars, with the knock on effect of reducing traffic congestion.

If you workplace doesn’t already have a car share matching scheme, then suggest they set one up. You may be surprised to find how many colleagues live close to each other and could potentially car share some of the days of the week.  You can find out more about car sharing including local online car share matching schemes below.

Find out more about car sharing here.

Apply for a FREE LUCC permit here

 

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Building Resilient Communities event

If you didn’t manage to get to Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC) Building Resilient Communities event last month, you might be interested in some of the presentations, which are now all available on the CBC website.

Of particular interest to CTPC members – was a very illuminating presentation on dispelling the myths about electric vehicles. Amongst the wealth of useful information included was the large number of electric charge points across the country, the range of electric vehicles versus the daily distance the average person in the UK travels, the savings and business benefits.

The presentation did particularly focus on the Nissan Leaf – however this does appear to be the market leader in electric cars and we were impressed with it’s other green credentials including how much of the car is made from recycled materials and that 99% of the car can actually be recycling.

So if you want to know more about electric cars  and see the other presentations visit the Building Resilient Communities webpage

Other presentations that could be useful to CTPC SME’s were a couple of funding opportunities for sustainable projects (though not travel related) offered through LoCASE and The Carbon Trust Green Business fund.

Nov 7, 2016
emilyharrup

Exciting new bus news

New! Park and Ride to stop at Colchester Hospital, 88 Bus Partnership, free hot drink at Leisure World for bus users!

Three pieces of exciting bus news to highlight this month!

Park and Ride will stop at Colchester Hospital in the New Year.

Great news for visitors and staff that the Park and Ride will be stopping at the hospital in January 2017. A day ticket will cost £3,(free after 9am for concessionary fare pass holders) and did you know that you can then use that ticket like a Rover to travel into town and back on the Park and Ride bus?

The details of the hospital stop aren’t available yet but use this link to find out more about the existing Colchester Park and Ride

New 88 Bus Partnership

If you live on the 88 route between Great Yeldham and Colchester, you can now benefit from a new partnership allowing tickets issued on the 88 services from different companies to be used on buses along any of the number 88 routes.

The route which takes in Earls Colne, White Colne, Wakes Colne, Halstead Road and Eight Ash Green as well as Colchester town centre, will now offer more flexibility in journey times due to the ability to catch any of the buses either end of the journey.

Each operator will accept day returns, weekly, monthly and annual tickets from Hedingham Buses and First Essex buses on the 88 bus route.

The new Quality Bus Partnership offers key advantages including:

  • Ticket inter-availability – customers can buy a return ticket or pass from one operator and use it to return on another operator’s bus
  • More flexibility in journeys thanks to better aligned schedules and routing
  • Improved vehicle standards and accessibility
  • Bus stop infrastructure improvements at key stops

If you live along this route and could consider getting the bus to work, you can find out more information here including a map of the routes covered.

Free hot drink for Leisure World bus users

Did you know there are now bus services serving Leisure World?

Between 7 November 2016 and 26 February 2017, if you travel by bus to Colchester Leisure World, you can claim a free hot drink in the Leisure World café, on presentation of your valid single or return bus ticket dated for that day.

The following bus routes are covered within the offer:

Weekday services

  • 4 (Network Colchester) – Stanway – Lexden – Colchester – Greenstead – The Hythe
  • 11 (Network Colchester) – Colchester Rail Station – Highwoods – Severalls Park – Mile End
  • 63 (Hedingham Omnibuses) – Monkwick – St Michaels – Central Colchester – Cowdray Avenue

Sunday services

  • 67B (First Essex) – West Mersea – Peldon – Blackheath – Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World
  • 70 (Regal Busways) – Braintree – Coggeshall – Marks Tey – Stanway – Lexden -Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World

Please note that this offer is ONLY open to persons presenting a valid single or return ticket for the day – it does NOT apply to holders of any period tickets/passes.

Find out more including links to the route timetables HERE 

 

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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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