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Aug 28, 2014
emilyharrup

4 September Cycle to Work day

Cycle to work banner

4th September is when nationally over 9000 people have already pledged to cycle in to work.

Can we help them up this number and put Colchester on the map?

It’s easy to make a pledge online, however can you get your employer to take part too?

It’s also easy for employers to support Cycle to Work day.

All they need to do is pledge their support by committing to at least one of the actions below:

 

1) Promote Cycle to Work day throughout their business

2) Be part of Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast, by rewarding colleagues that ride in on September 4 with a coffee and croissant

3) Run an event for their staff to promote the day and its aims

Pass the web link www.cycletoworkday.org to your employer and encourage them to pledge on behalf of your organisation.

If you are an employer reading this make your pledge HERE! today. There are also lots of resources on the site you can download to promote the day including posters, emails, letter heads etc.

Cycle retailers across the country have also signed up to offer Free Dr Bike MOT’s between the 25th August and 4th September.  In Colchestser Thomas’ Cycle Revolution and 53-12 have signed up to offer these checks but staff can check out local retailers where they live by clicking here  If you do take up the offer from a retailer give them a ring before hand to arrange a mutually convenient time to take your bike in.

If you or your staff want some ideas on cycle routes they can check out the route maps on the Cycle Colchester website.

If you do celebrate Cycle to Work day, please remember to take some photos and dont’ forget to share them with us at  travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk

 

Aug 5, 2014
emilyharrup

Cycle Colchester team at Culver Square event

culver sqaure

 

The Cycle Colchester team took part in Culver Square’s event ‘Enterprise Essex’ on the 25th and 26th July. This was an exciting opportunity to talk to fellow cyclists, people who would like to get back on their bikes or give it a go for the first time or just curious passers-by and let them know what’s available to them in Colchester.

We talked to over 100 people and had over 50 kids draw themselves a champion badge- walking, scooting or cycling, according to preference!

If you’d like to know more about cycling in Colchester, check out the Cycle Colchester website for detailed info.

Jun 18, 2014
emilyharrup

DSG’s Ice Cream ride!

DSG ice cream ride

Lovely photo from DSG!  Neil Allen, heading up the ride said, “ The annual DSG ‘Ice Cream’ ride was well supported with 13 members of staff enjoying a brisk 8 mile ride via Stanway Green where a stop was made for a well earned rest and a slurp of the rapidly melting ice creams”

 

 

Jun 18, 2014
emilyharrup

Bike Week Activities

As you might be aware, this week we celebrate National Bike Week! See what some of our members- Colchester Borough Council, Defense Group Support and Essex County Council – have been up to:

Colchester Borough Council 

Dr Bike at CBC 1 June 14

Staff members have been offered two free Dr Bike sessions to bring their bike along for a health check. These have proved very popular, with several bikes lined up throughout the day waiting for their turn:

Also, staff members were encouraged to team up and see who can log the most rides  over Bike Week. Six teams have entered the challenge- the winner still to be decided as the week is only half way through!

Defense Support Group

DSG staff have a delicious reason to go out on their bikes this week! Their traditional Ice Cream lunch ride, consisting of a gentle 8 miles ride to Stanway Green and back,  will coincide with Bike Week. Come back to see photos of the ride soon!

Essex County Council

ECC had 24 bikes visit Dr Bike yesterday and 68 people took part in their Bike Week breakfast. The Bike Sheds were heaving with over 80 bikes, so looks like lots of staff are cycling in this week!

 

 

 

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

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.

Feb 3, 2014
emilyharrup

Are you a Super Commuter?

supercommuter

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.

 

 

Jul 15, 2013
emilyharrup

Treasure to be found in High Woods County Park

trail logo

On July 31st, 10:30am outside High Woods Visitor Centre, Cycle Colchester will be revealing a closely guarded secret, the fact it is in the possession of a treasure map. This map along with a series of questions leads to the location of a hidden roman treasure.

Cycle Colchester has been working hard to produce a Roman themed treasure trail that can be walked or cycled and highlights the ease at which High Woods County Park can be accessed and explored by bicycle.

In partnership with CTC the trail is being launched as part of Love Parks Week at High Woods County Park on the 31st of July. The event is free to take part in and everyone is welcomed to come and join in, treasure map packs will be handed out from 10:30 am till 2pm. As there is a physical treasure at the end of the trail containing a variety of goodies, the quicker you find it the more treasure you are able to choose from. We ask that treasure seekers feel free to take a reward from the treasure, but why not also add to it, by putting something back into the treasure it will ensure that it will be there for treasure seekers to find for years to come.

In addition to the treasure trail, Richard Monk from CTC will be leading lead rides around the park, the first starting at 11:30, and will also be offering free cycle hire for the day in order for you to enjoy both or either activity. Cycle Colchester will also be on hand giving out general cycle advice to get you on your bike this summer.

More information can be found at http://bit.ly/CCTreasure

Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

Bike Fashion Show!

Revolver 2

We worked in partnership with Culver Square to launch our first ever Bike Fashion Show, proving the point that you can party, work or play by bike and look fabulous at the same time!

Thanks to Alter Ego for styling all our models hair, and Chapeau and Colchester Cycle Stores for lending lots of fantastic bikes.  Clothes showcasing casual, party, street and vintage looks were from Gap, Monsoon, Attitude, and local independents Dress Again, Revolver and Ambiance. Finally thanks to all the models who volunteered their time and to Culver Square for letting the event happen!

For more photos go to Culver Square’s Facebook page

 

 

Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

DSG’s ‘Poodle to the Park’

DSG bike week 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Week update from DSG’s Neil Allen

To celebrate Bike Week and the start of the summer Colchester WKSP`s first ride of the year was the “Poodle to the Park” a gentle meander along the cycles routes with an ice cream stop by the boating lake. A clash with school sports day robbed them of the company of a number of colleagues, this generated a general chorus of bogus sympathy as their ice creams were shared out.

Please send in your Bike Week update!

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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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