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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 

 

Sep 7, 2016
emilyharrup

October 2016 University of Essex bike rides

For 2017 Bike rides click here!

Join us for a bike ride every Wednesday afternoon from the 12 October 2016 from the University. Choose from a variety of rides with different focuses!

We are working with 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!

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

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Sep 5, 2016
emilyharrup

14 September – Win prizes for Cycle to Work day

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day. It’s on 14th September this year, and you can pledge your miles by visiting www.CycleToWorkDay.org.

There’s the chance to win some fantastic prizes too:

  • Pledge now to ride on the day at www.CycletoWorkDay.org and be automatically entered to win one of three Merida bikes and other bike goodies.
  • Enter the 12 Day Prize Countdown. It starts on the 2nd of September, just follow Cycle to Work Day on Facebook and Twitter to take part.
  • Last but not least, you can enter another exclusive draw to win a bike by sharing a photo you on your bike on 14th September using the #CycleToWorkDay hashtag.

Don’t forget, cycling to work is great for your health, saves you money on travel and is a great way to de-stress at the end of a long day! If you don’t normally cycle, why not hit the streets on September 14th feeling safe in the knowledge that you’ll be one of thousands experimenting with 2 wheels and riding to work that day!

If you haven’t been on your bike for a while, help is at hand!

Free Bike Health Checks are available between 1st – 14th September. Hundreds of local bike shops across the UK are offering the check to celebrate Cycle to Work Day – think of it as a MOT for your bike. A trained professional will assess your trusty steed and give it a simple rating of either Green, Amber or Red. As you might expect, Green indicates your bike is in tip-top condition, Amber or Red means it is advisable to book your bike in for a service before you tackle your commute – safety is paramount!

Find a local participating retailer here: www.cycletoworkday.org/retailer-finder

If you are interested in fixing your own bike, take it to the Colchester Bike Kitchen and use their tools and advice to get any problems sorted.

If you need a bike before you’ll be ready to roll, check out Cyclescheme  If your organisation is signed up to the scheme, you’ll be able to save at least 25% on a bike and any gear you need or contact local charity Re-Cycle as they sell a selection of good value, refurbished, pre-loved bikes.

If you are unsure of a route visit Cycle Colchester for route maps.

If you are lacking confidence to cycle and the 14th is too soon. Consider going on a Bikeability course to introduce you to on road riding. The next set of courses will be held in the October half term, find out more on the Colchester Travel Plan Club website.

Happy cycling!

 

 

Aug 18, 2016
emilyharrup

Love to Ride challenge 2016

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This year’s Love to Ride Cycle Challenge takes place in September and we want Colchester businesses to take part!

If you want to promote more cycling within your organisation, Love to Ride  is a great way to encourage your colleagues to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. This year it will run throughout the month of September and all cycle rides of at least 10 minutes count whether it is to work, meetings, or for leisure.

Why take part?

  • It is a fun, free way to encourage cycling
  • You only have to cycle for ten minutes to take part
  • It appeals to everyone and is a great way for cycling colleagues to encourage non cycling colleagues to take part.
  • New riders and those encouraging new riders get more points
  • You can use it for an internal competition as well as being part of a national competition
  • The website is very attractive and easy to use
  • It links with a number of different apps to automatically log rides while on the move
  • There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won!

What do you need to do to join in?

Identify a champion. Find out what you have to do as a ‘Champion’

Ask your champion to register your organisation (Whoever registers your organisation is then also the admin with additional access to functions on the website. They will need to know the total number of staff on payroll and if you want an internal competition as well, the names and  numbers of staff in each department.)

Start promoting the challenge to your colleagues! (If your company did the challenge last year anyone who is already registered needs to log in and register for the 2016 challenge as this doesn’t happen automatically.)

Love to Ride has lots of ideas and downloads you can use. See the links below

Info and FAQ’s for Challenge champions

Promotional ideas and downloadable posters

Website FAQ’s

Have fun this September and help us put Colchester on the national leaderboard!

Jun 30, 2016
emilyharrup

Summer holiday Bikeability

The summer holiday offers a chance for great value, fun days out by bike and there is plenty to do locally within cycling distance. If you need to build your confidence and practical skills or haven’t been on your bike because it has a puncture, book onto one of our Bikeablity sessions to get you set for a cycling summer.

The following sessions are available for children and parents and will take place at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick on the 1 and 2 August.

If you live in or off Mile End road or Bergholt Road, separate Bikeability courses are being arranged as part of the Best Foot Forward project, please check the BFF website for details.

If we are over subscribed or you can’t make these dates we may organise further sessions later in the summer holidays depending on demand. If you would be interested please complete this form.

Otherwise if the 1 and 2 August suit you please see below what we will be offering and complete the form below.

Bikeability Learn to Ride  – 1 to 1, 45 minute session for children or adults who are unable to ride

Bikeability Fix – A practical hands on 1.5 hour sessions for kids (8+) and adults to learn simple repairs and adjustments.

Bikeability level 1 – for those that can ride without stabilisers to age 8, off road session to improve coordination, stopping, starting , sharing space and using gears

Bikeablity combined levels 1 and 2 – Suitable for age 9 to adults – Preparing for cycling on quiet roads, road positioning, communication with road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

Bikeability Transition – For children moving from primary to secondary school, provides route planning skills to plan and make a safe cycle ride from home to their new school.

For more on Bikeability levels 1 and 2, look at bikeability.org.uk/what

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place on the 1 and 2 August 2016 at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 electronic payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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Apr 20, 2016
emilyharrup

#Try20 – walk during May

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This year the whole of May is walking month, and Living Streets the national charity that promotes walking is encouraging everyone to pledge to walk for 20 minutes a day through their #Try20 campaign.

We all know how good walking is for us and walking 20 minutes a day sets us well on the way to the 150 minutes a week of activity recommended to stay in good health

If you pledge with Living Streets, you will receive daily tips to help you walk more plus be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

Here is a poster #Try20 A4 poster and a flyer #Try20 A5 flyer you can download to help promote #Try20.

May is a good month for walking locally – check out the ideas below:

Downloadable poster calendar of May’s walks and top tips:  May walking month calendar of walks which includes the walks below:

6 May – ‘Fixing the Link’  lunchtime walk as part of Jane’s Walk – find out about the background and inspiration for the signing of the route between the Station and Town Centre

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Jane’s Walk – a weekend of free fascinating themed walks led by local people exploring the local area and its history and environment in celebration of the life and work of renowned urban planner Jane Jacobs.

Find out more from the www.Janeswalk.org website. Download the poster opposite from the Walk Colchester website

Here is a downloadable Jane’s Walk flyer janeswalk2016_flyersingle

1 and 8 May – Pedlars Wood between Frinton and Walton

This beautiful private nature reserve is open for woodland walks two Saturdays in May between 10 and 5pm. Donations will be collected by bucket at the entrance.

For location details visit Visit Colchester or call 01255 850664

13 & 27 May Friday health walk and 8  & 22 May Sunday strolls in High Woods country park:  Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11 am.

Friday health walks are a short circular walks of 20 to 30 minutes. Sunday strolls last up to 1 1/2 hours, Free tea or coffee available afterwards. For more information go to Colchester Borough Council’s Walking for Health webpage or contact the Centre on 01206 853588 or email countryside@colchester.gov.uk.

14 May – CBC staff walk

CBC’s professional support unit team organise a monthly walk with colleagues, but anyone is welcome to join them! They have a leisurely walk in High Woods country park then a stop for a cuppa or ice cream at the visitor centre. Meet 10:30 at the visitor centre. For more information contact michelle.lay-flurrie@colchester.gov.uk

Wellbeing walks, Work out walks, Taster sessions and Nordic Walking at High Woods country park, Castle Park and Brightlingsea

You need to book in advance and there is a fee.  For full details, calendar and costs visit nordicwalkingnortheastessex.co.uk/activities

19 May – Firechoir

Firechoir meet every month at High Woods Country Park and walk together to the fire site to light a fire, sing and share a cup of tea when the kettle is hot!  For more details visit www.firechoir.org.uk

Mar 4, 2016
emilyharrup

Easter Bikeability Sessions

We are pleased to be working again with SERP and Cycle Colchester to offer more Bikeability sessions this Easter holidays.

Bikeability is all about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads and it isn’t just for kids!

*Mums,  Dads* – Bikeability is a great way to improve your confidence to cycle with or without kids as well as increasing your awareness of how to cycle safely.

We would love to see more adults taking part this Easter.

To find out more about the different levels of Bikeability, check out the Bikeability website.

We are offering:

Monday 4 April a.m: One to One 45 minute Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions (An adult needs to stay with learners under 16)

  • Adults who have never learned to ride, older kids who are struggling to ride and younger children making the transition from stabilisers

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

  • Adults and children who are ready to start riding on quiet roads

Wednesday 6 April Bikeability level 3 – 9:15 to 13:15

  • Adults and children who are already confident on quiet roads and want to start cycling on busier roads and around/across busy junctions

The sessions are free, however we require a £5 payment for each learner to secure their place and towards the cost of hiring the school.  Places are limited on all of the courses and offered on a first come first served basis. Please request your place below and we will be in touch in due course to confirm your booking once we know numbers.

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place week commencing 4th April during the Easter holiday at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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Mar 3, 2016
emilyharrup

FREE carnets for drivers to try the bus

Bus ticketIf you live locally and drive to work, have you considered using the bus? We have 5 FREE bus carnets* up for grabs for 5 drivers to try the bus!

Interested?

First check if there is a frequent bus service near you using this journey planner www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

 

Then email travel.plan.club@colchester.org.uk and include the number of your local bus service.

*Offer only open to members of Colchester Travel Plan Club.  Choice of Network Colchester (10 journeys over 2 months) or First services (12 journeys over 1 month) Everyone who emails by the 15 March will be put into a prize draw and the first five names will receive a carnet of their choice.

Helping you use the local bus network

Useful apps

Network Colchester/Arriva

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information www.arrivabus.co.uk/app/

First Essex buses

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information (some areas) www.firstgroup.com/essex/plan-journey/first-travel-apps

Traveline South East

Public Transport journey planner incorporating walking and cycling routes www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

Twitter

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @First

Essex Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester –  @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

Colchester Park and Ride (Junction 28 off the A12)

£3 daily or cheaper with a season ticket. Fast, frequent buses to town.  www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Colchester-Park-and-Ride.

Day Family ticket

Unlimited travel with up to 2 children for £5 a day. Both Network Colchester and First offer this ticket. (not a multi-operator ticket)

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1 - 31 May - Walking Month

4 - 7 May - Jane's Walk Colchester

21 June - Clean Air Day

27 June - CTPC members meeting at CHUFT

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