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Mar 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk

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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…?

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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

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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

 

Feb 3, 2014
emilyharrup

Are you a Super Commuter?

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Cyclescheme – who provide many of our members’ Cycle2Work schemes have launched a competition to find 12 Super Commuters, one for each region of the UK.

The winners will be set tasks throughout the year, ranging from a simple blog about your commute to reviewing the latest commuter gear, or talking about cycle commuting on your Facebook page.

There are lots of rewards along the way, freebies and kit from big name brands pus a staring role in a Cycle to Work day campaign later in the year.

 

First off, each Super Commuter will receive an Endua Luminite jacket, trousers, gloves and overshoes plus a RoadHawk helmet camera!

Would you like to share your experience of cycling and inspire others to make their commute by bike? Would you like to put Colchester on the Super Commuters map?

If you think you have what it takes to be Essex’s Super Commuter, check out the competition and put yourself forward!

Closing date is the 16th February 2014.

 

 

Jan 20, 2014
emilyharrup

Campaign for Better Transport initiative

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Campaign for Better Transport are looking for train users who would like to help them campaign against rising rail fares. You don’t have to go out protesting in the street- it’s just a matter of having a couple of photos taken near Chelmsford Train Station and answering some questions about how rising fares affect you.

The event will take place on Saturday 25th January around 10:30am. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please get in contact with Jess Fitch: jess.fitch@bettertransport.org.uk

Oct 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Pamper time with 2013 survey

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It’s that time of the year again, when Travel Plan Club members are sending out their annual travel surveys as part of their efforts to retain or improve on their current Essex County Council Business Travel Plan accreditation.

Colchester Borough Council, DSG, Colchester Institute, Colchester 6th Form, The Gilberd and CHUFT all have surveys out at the moment.

Levels of survey response is one of the key criteria for gaining accreditation, along with the number of travel plan measures in place and progress with those measures.

All our accredited members need to gain at least a 25% response rate to retain or move up to Bronze, or 50% response rate to achieve or retain gold.

As always we offer incentives to encourage colleagues to participate.

Thanks this year go to Colchester Institute for donating many prizes to help our members up their number of responses. A meal for two, a £15 hair dressing voucher and a £15 beauty voucher are all up for grabs at CBC, Colchester 6th form and CHUFT.

Colchester Institute’s contemporary restaurants offers delicious menus at very reasonable prices. Check out their menu here. Pamper yourself without breaking the bank and support a student at the same time.  Colchester Institute offers great value on a wide range of beauty treatments and hair dressing services. See what you can get for £15 at Colchester Hair and Colchester Beauty.


Oct 9, 2013
emilyharrup

70p a litre to drive to work!

Car share billboard 2 low resIt is National Liftshare week.  Sharing your journey to work is a great sociable and cost effective way to reduce the cost of your commute while contributing to reducing traffic congestion. Many Travel Plan Club members also offer dedicated parking bays for car sharers too.

Loveurcarcolchester is celebrating lift sharing throughout October!

There are twenty £15 iTune vouchers up for grabs. Try a car share trip and tell Loveurcarcolchester how it went and how much you saved and you could be a winner!

So talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbours and see if you can find someone to try a car share trip to work with. If you are happy to look online visit www.essex.liftshare.com

Jun 13, 2013
emilyharrup

Get on your Bike! 15 – 23 June

front page leaflet2It’s Bike Week next week and we have been busy working away with Cycle Colchester to produce a brilliant new leaflet highlighting all the regular cycle rides, cycle clubs and cycling activities for all levels, that go on locally. Print out your copy HERE or contact us for hard copies for your organisation.

Colchester Cycle Champions will be launching Bike Week at the Young Children’s Festival in Castle Park on 15  June. Dr Bike will be there offering FREE bike checks.

Several of our members have already got events and competitions planned to make this Bike Week a week to remember.

CBC is holding a cycle challenge throughout Bike Week.  Participants will receive a free bike computer to log their rides and compete with colleagues.  Also on the 13 of June CBC are hosting a ‘Come Spin With Me’ challenge for staff to see who can create the loveliest, most tastiest and smoothest smoothie!

Re-cycle at North Colchester Business Park are offering free bike MOT’s on the 18 and 20  June. Drop your bike in between 08:30 and 14:00 for a free health check and pick up our new leaflet and other useful info re cycling.

Mini Bike Festivals are being hosted by Colchester Institute on the 18 June and by CHUFT at Colchester General Hospital on the 21 June and at Essex County Hospital on the 25 June.

Both events will feature the highly popular Pulp Friction and Dr Bike so you can have a smoothie while your bike has a free MOT.

The University of Essex will be running Cycle Sleuth, offering Cycle Watch (bike security tagging) and Bike Maintenance, plus a Cyclist’s breakfast!

We have also worked in partnership with Culver Square to organise an ECOmmunity event on the 22 June. Loveurcarcolchester and Cycle Colchester will join over ten other stall holders promoting  sustainable lifestyles.

Plus the event will host a bike fashion show showcasing vintage, street, party and business/school looks from local retailers, showing how fabulous you can look on a bike at high street prices.

For more details about the Culver Square event, click here!

The local cycling community also have lots to offer this June, find out more here!

So there is lots to keep you all busy this bike week. If you have any questions about events mentioned or are hosting an event and want to let us know about, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you ASAP

 

May 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Loveurcar Flash Mobs Culver Square!

You have got to see this oneLoveurcarcolchester Flash Mobbed Culver Square to promote walking instead of driving for short journeys.

It was great fun! There are still a few days left to make your pledge to swap one of your short car journeys for walking. Everyone who pledges will be entered into a free prize draw to win £100 voucher to spend on shoes!

Watch the Flash Mob video!

May 14, 2013
emilyharrup

Pledge to walk for the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers

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Perfect Purdy over at LoveUrCarColchester is getting people out of their cars and on to their feet and is offering you the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers. All you need to do is pledge to walk for short trips rather than taking the car.

Walking for short journeys is not only better for the environment and your health but is also better for the car. Short journeys don’t give the engine or catalytic convertor time to reach their operating temperature and efficiency, meaning more wear and tear.

So if you love your car and love Colchester, give your car a rest and join Purdy. What pledge will you make to change at least one of your short car trips for your feet instead?

Make your pledge between Monday 22 April and Friday 31 May to be entered into the prize draw. The winner will be drawn on Monday 3 June.

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What’s coming up?

18 April - CTPC members meeting at Culver Square

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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