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Sep 24, 2014
emilyharrup

National Lift Share Week 6-10 October

Faxi

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!

 

 

 

Mar 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk

WALK THE TALK LOGO3

We are very excited about Walk the Talk, our latest project to encourage getting out at lunchtime to walk and enjoy some fresh air and activity.

It’s also about encouraging people our of their cars and to walk instead of drive for short journeys.

We have worked in partnership with Vacuumatic, based in Brunel Way and Green Square Communications based on Severalls Lane to bring alive this local business community project.

Walk the Talk offers twelve different local walking routes, to help colleagues working on the business parks take steps in the right direction to improve their health, whether they have fifteen or forty minutes to spare.

Walk the Talk launches across North Colchester Business Parks in May with a social media campaign, competitions and prizes.

What we now looking for are North Colchester business supporters to help fund the rest of the project.

Become a Walk the Talk supporter and we can offer you:

  • Your logo on a print run of up to 5000 maps
  • Your logo on our walkthetalk.today website with hyperlink to your homepage
  • WalkTheTalk supporter certifi cate to display at your workplace
  • Exposure via Facebook and Twitter media campaign
  • -nvitation to supporters’ debrief networking session in June 2014

To be a supporter and benefit from the above, all we ask is for a contribution of between £100 and £200. Alternatively, perhaps you could offer a prize for our competitions and receive in return social media coverage and an invite to our networking session in June 2014.

If you can contribute to this project, please email hello@walkthetalk.today by the 7th April 2014.

Whether you can support or not, please do join in.  Check out the routes, then join us on facebook and twitter to find out more!

Feb 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Can you change one thing…?

New year 2014 billboard 2

LoveurcarColchester appeals to drivers to change one thing about how they drive.

Can you make a change?

The LoveurcarColchester website has lots of hints and tips to green up your driving as well as reduce your fuel bill.  Purdy, Baz and Bob regularly blog about issues of interest to drivers. You can subscribe for blog alerts HERE.

Feb 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Bus users survey results

Bus clip art

It’s taken us a while, but at last we can give you feedback on the bus users survey we undertook back in May 2013.

We had a great response of 882, so thanks to the Uni, 6th form college, Colchester Institute and Colchester Borough Council for taking part.

There was lots of positive feedback with the majority of users being satisfied with the connections of the buses with other local public transport, ease of access of amenities, appearance and greeting/welcome from bus drivers, ease of getting on and off buses, number display etc.
However there were a number of issues highlighted.

The two main issues identified were:

  • Punctuality  – 57% were not satisfied with the punctuality of their bus, however sighted traffic congestion (48%) as the main factor causing the bus to be late
  • Timetable provision – issues of missing/out of date/discrepancies between online and hard copy versions/electronic displays not working and overwhelmingly, 56% said they found it difficult or very difficult to actually navigate the timetables

Other key issues were:

  • Lack of late running services – particularly those buses mainly serving student population
  • Cleanliness of interiors
  • Helpfulness, politeness and friendliness of drivers
  • Seating and shelter at bus stops both in and outside the town centre

Traffic congestion is an ongoing issue,  and a main reason for encouraging more people to use the bus, but it’s a chicken and egg situation, as at the same time it is also a barrier to getting people on the bus in the first place.

We appreciate things may have moved on since we did the survey.  For example ECC are currently working on a project taking over responsibility for all timetables at bus stops.

So we are also in contact with Colchester Bus Users Group (C-Bus) to get their view on the timetable issue as they have been auditing the new timetables that have been going up.

As the majority of feedback was about First buses, we are going to share the results with them and talk to them about the key issues raised.  We have already shared Network Colchester’s results with them.

We will get an update on the telematic screens, plus find out what the policy is from ECC re bus stop facilities.

Overall the survey provided us with lots of useful information that we can use in our efforts to promote bus use so thanks very much to everyone who contributed and apologies for the time taken to feed back the results.

 Here is a summary of the results

 

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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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