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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)

Feb 25, 2016
emilyharrup

Mitigating Climate Change and Local Opportunities for Health Improvement

Colchester Medics for Safer Roads have organised the above seminar which will take place on the 25 February from 7:30 till 9:30pm at the Postgraduate Centre at Colchester Hospital.  If you would like to attend please email elaine.chapman@nhs.net

Dr Paul Bryne extends his invitation to CTPC members and says;

‘We would like to invite you to this special event exploring the relevance of climate change and the opportunities and obligations this offers to public health.

We are delighted to announce two excellent speakers:

Dr Hugh Montgomery  is Professor of Intensive Care and director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, both University College London. Hugh has been pivotal in the publication of the recent international joint UCL – Lancet commissions on Climate Change (http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change) which he has been co-chairing. These emphasise that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. By way of an appetiser, you can watch a speech by Prof Montgomery at a health conference in Durban in 2015 via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbS8pe-DVSk

Dr Mike Gogarty  Director for Public Health at Essex County Council.

Mike will address the impact of Public Health on issues around Climate Change in our locality of Essex.

We have organised this seminar in response to the strong scientific consensus on the danger posed by man-made climate change http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ and our interest in exploring opportunities to mitigate an unprecedented threat, while improving public health. Realising that progressing the issue locally will need to be collaborative, we will be inviting health care clinicians, Public Health staff , staff from Essex County Council and local politicians.

Programme:

7.00 – 7.30            Light buffet with refreshments

7.30 – 7.40            Short Introduction by chair Dr Elmer van der Hoek, GP Tutor

7.40 – 8.30            Prof Hugh Montgomery:  Climate Change and Health

8.30 – 9.00            Dr Mike Gogarty:   Local impact of Public Health on issues relating to Climate Change

(Followed by   Debate, questions and comments from the floor)

9.30                        Conclusion by the chair and promotion for the follow-up symposium

We intend to follow this event with a symposium on a Saturday towards the end of April, further exploring how we can prepare for a low carbon future and improvements in Public Health with focus on local opportunities such as promoting alternative travel arrangements to the car, especially by use of the bicycle.

We very much hope you will be able to join us and contribute to this important debate.’

Feb 2, 2016
emilyharrup

Babcock’s Christmas bike ride

Babcock’s shared with us photos of their annual Christmas bike ride.

Neil Allen said, ‘Taking advantage of a break in the rain Babcock staff took another of their lunch time rides with the “ancient tandem” making a welcome return.  A brisk ride along the river produced a warm glow helped along by the lashings of Gluhwein and mince pies at the pit stop. A fitting way to close the cycling year and a spur to plan next year’s routes’

Hope this is inspiration for other members for 2016  – we like Babcock’s creative spirit, if you can’t find a café offering what you want, have one come to you – all you need is a friendly team mate in a van!

Please remember to share photos of your events with us! Thanks!

group shothousing estatein the park

 

 

 

pit stop

 

Jan 27, 2016
emilyharrup

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2016?

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more active, lose weight or get out more, then cycling is a great way to do all three!

Below are some tips to help and support you to get started.

If you received a lovely new bike for Christmas, have you got the right lock and do you know how best to secure your bike when you park it? Watch this video for some guidance and advice.

Purchase a discounted ImmobiTag to electronically identify your bike. Simply pop the tag down your seat post and register your bike online. If your bike is stolen and recovered, it will help Police get it back to you.

Discounted ImmobiTags can be purchased from the Colchester Travel Plan Club for £4.50 (usual retail price £14.29) by emailing travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk

Or if you work or study at the University and/or Maltings Student Village you can purchase an ImmobiTag for just £2. (Contact the Estates Management Desk at the Uni or reception at The Maltings)

Would you and/or your kids (8yrs +)  like to learn more about how to fix your bike?
A FREE one and a half hour Bikeability Fix session is available on the 18 February during the half term where you will learn to:

Learn and name parts of a bike
Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
Repair punctures/change an inner tube
Adjust brakes
Learn how gears work
Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

Have you or your kids never learnt to cycle, are struggling to master the skill, or are making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without, then why not take up a FREE 1:1 Learn to Ride session also being held on the 18 February?

Both courses are being held at the Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick. More information and a booking request form can be found at Colchester Travel Plan Club

Want some bike inspired New Year’s Resolutions? Then check out Cycle Colchester’s ten suggestions

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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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