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May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

CBC walk 3,230 miles for Walk to Work Week

CBC walking tea partyCBC walking winners

Twenty teams took part in this year’s Walking Challenge at Colchester Borough Council. Between the 11 and 15 May, 100 members of staff used pedometers to count their daily steps. Prizes for the top walking team, top walker and a free prize draw for everyone walking over 10,000 steps on any one day were up for grabs. Competition was fierce, both across the teams and within! The winners were announced over coffee and cakes.

‘The Regenerators’ were the top walking team racking up a massive 492,530 steps. A close second were the ‘Ant Hill Mob’ amassing a fantastic 450,685 steps.

CBC’s Top Walker was Marie Rutherford who walked a massive 166,979 steps throughout the week and Terry Cooper who walked a fantastic 131,148 steps.

Out of the 100 participants, the majority walked at least 10,000 steps on one of the days, with a sizable number walking over 10,000 steps on all five days. Angela Fowler won the free prize draw.

Over the course of the challenge a massive 6,822,705 steps were walked covering a total distance of 3,230 miles.

Michelle Lay-Flurrie, CBC’s CTPC rep said ‘ We have had an overwhelming response to the walking challenge this year, our best yet in terms of numbers of staff taking part. Everyone has had a great time and we are really impressed with the number of steps the teams have walked. We always get good feedback after the challenge with staff telling us how much fun it has been and how healthy they are feeling! We hope it leads to more walking generally particularly for the journey to work’

CBC held the Walking Challenge as part of National Walk to Work week.

May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

Bee Green!

Cycle user group bBee Green event 19 May 15Bee Green event 2- 19 May 15

Colchester Institute hosted it’s second Bee Green event yesterday to highlight the importance of sustainability to it’s students, staff and the public. As well as having Colchester Bee Keeping Association with them for the day highlighting the vital contribution bees make to sustainable agriculture and the environment, there was also the opportunity to take part in lots of activities.

Free bike repairs, local stalls, a farmers market, a boot camp, electric cars, walking tours, free NHS checks, fabulous food cooked by Colchester Institute’s chefs were just some of the many other attractions.

Rhonda, Colchester Institute’s CTPC rep led a lunchtime walk around the town, including a picnic on route with free water and sandwiches. Eight members of staff took part. Rhonda said ‘I am really pleased with how the walk went and I hope to make it a more regular activity’

The Colchester Institute’s bike user group offered Dr Bike health checks, checking around 20 bikes over the course of the day. Students and staff could also test their stamina, to see how far they could cycle in three minutes on a stationary bike!

Pulp Friction was there, getting many students and staff back on a bike for a chance to pedal themselves a free smoothie!

The weather held out, but at 2:30 a sudden hail storm descended with pebble sized ice as a dramatic grand finale to a good day!

 

Oct 22, 2014
emilyharrup

Preferential parking for Colchester car sharers

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LoveurCarColchester has just launched their latest project to encourage car sharing into the town centre

Starting this month, you can benefit from dedicated car sharing bays in preferential locations in five town centre car parks. These are in St. Marys, St. Johns, Priory Street, Britannia and Vineyard Street car parks.

You can’t miss the colourful bays, as they are painted green with a red outline. They will soon also have a heart with 2+ in the middle! There are also signs near the bays explaining what they are all about and they are all located close to the entrance of each car park.

As you know, car sharing is a great way to save fuel, reduce congestion and drive in a greener way.

All you need to do to sign up to use the bays is to go to our LUC Car Share Permit page, fill in the form, and we will post you a FREE permit. It’s all very straightforward, so take advantage of this scheme and start car sharing today!

You will still need to pay normal parking fees or display your season ticket, but remember you could be sharing your parking and fuel costs with your car share partner/s. For tips on setting up a car share check out the LoveurCarColchester website.

Sep 24, 2014
emilyharrup

National Lift Share Week 6-10 October

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The 6 – 10 October is National Lift share week and a great opportunity to promote car sharing.

There are lots of good reasons to promote car sharing to your organisation including reducing pressure on your car parks, and relieving local traffic congestion.

There are plenty of benefits for those that choose to car share including the opportunity to save money on fuel and parking costs, reducing the stress of driving in and finding a parking space more easily.

Here are a few ideas for how you could promote Lift share week to your colleagues.

FAXI –   We have purchased 10 groups for this new map based social network that allows you to identify journey sharing partners by seeing on a map who lives nearby or en route to one specific destination or workplace. You can then message them without giving away personal information. There is an apple and android ap to go with it. If you want to take advantage of one of our groups, get in touch to find out more. 

Essex Car Share –  If you don’t want your own workplace group you could promote ECC’s lift share matching site and encourage your colleagues to sign up.

Loveurcarcolchester –  Share our quirky film featuring Baz and Purdy’s journey to regular car sharing to illustrate the benefits of car sharing in a different way. The web page also includes advice about car sharing on subjects such as insurance and charging.

If you have dedicated car share bays, now’s the time to remind everyone of your car sharing scheme and the benefits.

If you don’t have any dedicated car share bays, could you introduce some during Lift share week?

On the promotional side, what about holding a post code coffee and cake morning where members of staff who would like to car share can meet up and see if anyone else is living near them and could share lifts?

Or could you hold some sort of competition/prize draw for everyone who tries a car share journey during lift share week?

Email travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk if you want to discuss ideas or have help with your plans. Please let us know how your promotions go so we can post about it!

May 27, 2014
emilyharrup

Celebrating cycling this May

We have been at a couple of events this May promoting sustainable travel and particularly cycling.

Colchester Institute’s Bee Green day (8 May) was a success despite the fact it poured with rain all day! Over 60 staff and students pedaled themselves a smoothie!

Luckily the sun shone brightly for the Well Being event in Castle Park on the 17 May.  Led by CTC and supported by Cycle Colchester, Sustrans, Breeze and Re-Cycle we took up almost half the event with a huge try a bike area, information stand, Dr Bike and Re-cycle bike sales.

Wellbeing dad with trailer

Wellbeing small kidWellbeing Recycle

 

 

 

 

117 children  made themselves a Cycling, Walking or Scootering Champion id badge, and over 100 people took part in trying a bike. Lots of kids whizzed around on a range of bikes from balance bikes to our fun Circus Bike! We spoke to lots of adults about family cycling and they enjoyed trying out the trailers and child seats with their kids! Dr Bike aka Neil Allen, was busy all day doing free bike MOT’s and Recycle made £700 to help send more bikes to Africa through their bike sales. All in all it was a fun and successful day!

Wellbeing event kids activity

Wellbeing event Dr Bike

Bike friendly cities - Aba

May 1, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk launches today

Walk the Talk mapWalk the Talk our business community project launches today at North Colchester Business Park.

Working in partnership with Green Square Communications, Vacuumatic and Fisher Jones Greenwood and supported by numerous businesses on the park, our Walk the Talk guides have been distributed thoughout the area and our social media campaign starts today.

There will be competitions, challenges and prizes supplied by local businesses!

If you work on North Colchester Business Park please help us spread the word.

www.walkthetalk.today

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk to Work week 12-16 May

Discover where walking can take you this Walk to Work Week, 12-16 May…

Living Streets are running their annual free workplace walking challenge as a fun way to get some healthy competition going between you and your colleagues, and get you feeling all the benefits of walking more as part of the working day.

Everyone can take part as it isn’t just about walking to work, walking at lunch time and walking to meetings also counts.

walk to work week 2014It is easy to take part, just:

Log your walks to see how they all add up to burn calories and save CO2

View live workplace and team totalisers and leaderboards to spur you on

Count all your walking, whether it’s to work, at lunch or for a meeting

Get competitive with your colleagues and take part in individual and team activities

Raise money for your favourite charity

 

Take part and win an iPad

Everyone who creates a profile on the Walk to Work Week website will be entered into Living Street’s prize draw to win an iPad!  See terms and conditions.

Find out more on the Living Streets website

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Essex Green Transport Conference

Would you like to find out what Essex County Council is doing to support Sustainable Travel and Electric Vehicles in Essex?

Would you like to learn how your community and business can work with the county council to reduce transport carbon emissions?

Would you like to test drive an electric vehicle and see the latest charging technology?

Then you are invited to the Essex Green Transport Conference on 20 May at the Essex Records Office from 09:30

Here are the full details of the day and how to register to attend.

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Well Being in the East event

An exciting and interactive Wellbeing event is coming to Castle Park on Saturday 17 May.

We will be there with a big Cycle Colchester presence including:

Wellbeing event

 

Free Dr Bike MOT’s

Quality second hand bikes for sale from Re-Cycle

All types of bikes to try out for adults and kids

Guidance and advice on all things cycling
Kids activity tent

 

Download a poster to put up at your workplace here.

Apr 29, 2014
emilyharrup

Colchester Institute’s ‘Bee Green’ Day

Everyone’s invited to Colchester Institute’s ‘Bee Green’ day! We will be there promoting cycling and sustainable travel – come and join us!

Be Green day

 

Sustainable travel highlights include:

  • Dr Bike MOT
  • Pedal powered smoothies
  • Green vehicles and fuel efficient driving
  • Launch of CI’s walking meetings

 

Download a poster to put up at your workplace here!

 

 

 

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