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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 7, 2013
emilyharrup

Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the BIG Colchester Cycle Ride- 30th May

 

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The Pearl Izumi Tour Series will see Britain’s top professional cycling teams battling it out on the streets of Colchester once again this summer as it returns to Colchester for the fourth year running, we also welcome back for the second year some of Britain’s leading female cyclists taking part in the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series. The racing begins at 5.30pm, starting and finishing close to the Town Hall on the main High St.

If the thought and sight of all this cycling tempts you to get involved….You can!

Why not join the Big Colchester Cycle Ride and get the chance to cycle the High St race circuit and cross the finish line before the professionals as part of a large community led ride.

The supervised ride is suitable for all ages and levels of ability, so you can come along and bring your family as well and the best thing about it – it is completely free!  The ride starts at 1pm, and will be approximately 2 miles, with a choice of starting from Tesco (High Woods) or Hythe. You will be led by CTC on a route into town, ending at 4pm on the High Street, under the elite race finish line!

Also, you will get an exclusive opportunity to meet and be photographed with one of the competing teams, so make sure you bring along your camera.

If you don’t have your own bike, there will be bikes available at the event, so no excuses! Join this ride led by experienced ride leaders, where everyone is welcome.

To avoid disappointment book early, as numbers are limited. To register, visit: http://www.ctc.org.uk/near-me/essex

Feel free to advertise this event in your work place the poster can be downloaded here: http://www.cyclecolchester.org.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=9757&p=0

 

Apr 11, 2013
emilyharrup

25 March highlights

 

CBC Walking Map-06.04.10-67

Fingers crossed the weather is going to improve  in time for our spring promotions.  This isn’t a photo from this year!

If you didn’t make it to the recent CTPC meeting, here are the highlights. 

May is walking month and kicks off with the internationally renowned Jane’s Walk, more in a blog from David coming soon. For the first time the CTPC will be running its own walk, so please join us. Please share the full programme with your colleagues and encourage them to come along.

Loveurcarcolchester launches it’s ‘Short Trip – Take the Pavement’ campaign in May, you may see billboards around town. There is a £100 shoe voucher prize draw for anyone pledging to swap one of their short car journeys for their feet instead.

Walk to Work week is 13 – 17th May and the University, ECC and CBC will be holding their own walking challenges.

Check out the link, if you want a free fun walking online challenge to get your workmates competing.

On the cycling front the CTPC is planning to develop a local online Bike Challenge this year using funding obtained from ECC last year. Collaboration with the University on this project is being explored.

Cycle Colchester e-newsletters, put together by the CTPC  have been revamped to include much more including infrastructure developments, monthly profile on a local cyclist, useful information, educational content as well as local events.  We will send CTPC members future e-newsletters which we hope you can share with colleagues.

We still have funding to run some cycle confidence training sessions, so if you would like to do some but can’t fund it yourself, get in touch.

A ‘See Me’ campaign is planned for autumn.

We promote cycling all year round but if you want to focus on one specific week, make it Bike Week, June 15 – 23.

Buses! We haven’t done much to promote buses in recent years, we want to do more this year but first we feel we need to get more in touch with how existing bus users find the services they use.

We are putting together a bus users survey to get feedback. If you would like to send it to your bus users and we haven’t yet been in touch, please get in contact.

Results will be used to establish a better dialogue with the bus operators and to tailor our marketing approach.

Survey results and ECC accreditation Several of our members took part in our two yearly travel survey last year. We are still doing the write up, but response rates were significantly higher than in previous years and results were positive. Congratulations to seven of our members, who have gained Essex County Council business Travel Plan accreditation this year. A blog specifically on the survey results and accreditation will be coming soon.

New ideas to pursue Finally, we discussed developing an online sustainable travel challenge which wasn’t just confined to cycling that could be used by CTPC members to encourage travel change. We will be looking for funding sources to pursue this, but will also see how it could be integrated on the back of the Cycle Challenge.

Jul 9, 2012
emilyharrup

DSG’s Bike Week ride

 Neil Allen from DSG describes their bike ride….

‘To mark this years “Bike Week” staff from DSG Colchester took part in a lunch time 10 mile ride to the village of Fingringhoe and back. Described as a “pleasant poodle”, any suggestion that the event would be taken seriously disappeared with the arrival of two colleagues on an ancient tandem. Accompanied by much laughter and synchronized bellringing, hills were conquered and byways explored. So successful was the ride that it is proposed to make it a regular event!’

Jun 26, 2012
emilyharrup

Pedal power at Chuft

Well in the end it was Caroline and I who did most of the pedalling but we gave out over 100 smoothies by the end of the day!!  It was a beautiful day and great to talk to so many people about cycling, CoHoC and anything else that came up!

Photo and article from the Gazette 21/06/2012

Jun 18, 2012
emilyharrup

Cycle Sleuth at Uni this week

There is plenty going on at the Uni this week to encourage Uni staff and students to get on their bike. A  Cycle Sleuth will be roaming the Uni on Tuesday 9 June, looking for cyclists to give prizes too as a reward for cycling that day!

 

 

National Bike Week is 18 – 22 June 2012

Why not cycle to work?

Over the week the following events are planned to encourage you to think about cycling to campus.  Please visit the transport pages to see the facilities and information for cyclists such as the shower/changing room location, lockers, cycle tagging scheme and Cyclescheme for staff.

Micro Chip your bicycle

Monday 18 June 2012

Under Podia Sq1 Cycle Park between 5-6pm

For just £2 have your bicycle chipped and added to the police national database in case its lost or stolen so it can be easily returned to you by our PCSO Alex Wilmot or the Patrol Officers. 

Bike to Work?

Tuesday 19 June 2012

A Cycle Sleuth will be about on campus and will randomly choose 5 bicycles parked in the official cycle parks.  The owners of the bike will win a small prize!

Buy a Bike?

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Come to Square 5 between 12-2pm where Re-Cycle selling will be selling a range of affordable bicycles from £30 upwards

Cycle Maintenance Session

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Cycle Tech will be on campus offering FREE advice and safety checks for bicycles.  Come and visit him on Square 5 between 9am and 3pm.

Micro Chip your bicycle

Friday 22 June 2012, Under Podia Sq1 Cycle Park

For just £2 have your bicycle chipped and added to the police national database in case its lost or stolen so it can be easily returned to you by our PCSO Alex Wilmot or the Patrol Officers. 

Thanks to accsys-peopleware.blogspot.com for the image.
Jun 12, 2012
emilyharrup

Lunch time ride at DSG

 

I found this photo on file, of DSG staff launching their new pool bikes last year! 

To promote Bike Week,  DSG Colchester Bike/Travel Plan Champions Neil Allen, Jason Gooding and Stuart Packard have arranged a lunch time ride on Wednesday 20th June 2012.  Leaving the main gate at midday, they will ride out to a pub in Fingringhoe then back to work, grabbing a bag of chips on the way home.  The cycle ride is a gentle 10 mile round trip.

Pool Bikes are available or bring your own bike, those taking part will have the chance for some free cycle goodies from Cycle Colchester.

This event is subject to weather permitting!

Remember DSG Colchester has 6 pool bikes that are free for staff to use anytime. To book out a bike speak to the main gate staff.

Jun 11, 2012
emilyharrup

Bike chat at CBC!

 

CBC have organised two great events to launch a Summer of Cycling next week during Bike Week.

Tuesday 19 June – Dr Bike will be at Rowan House offering free bike health checks between 09:00 and 14:00. This event is open to staff and students at the 6th Form College and Colchester Institute, local Travel Plan Club members, as well as CBC staff.

Thursday 21 June – Tea, Cakes and Bike Chat.  CBC staff are invited to come and chat about cycling and grab a free tea and cake between 13:00 and 15:00 in Rowan House canteen! Information and advice will be available about cycling to work including facilities for cyclists, routes and the cycle to work scheme plus what is happening over the summer to enjoy cycling with your friends and family. The pool bikes will also be available for staff to  ‘Come and try it’ if they are thinking about using them for business travel or simply wanting to try out a bike.

Donation boxes for Colchester Hospitals Charity will be available at both events.

Thanks to rocketfuelstyle.wordpress.com for the photo of the delicious summer fruits bike cake!
May 24, 2012
emilyharrup

Get Cycling with CoHoC

Colchester Hospitals Charity is leading the way in local Bike Week celebrations this year with an exciting line up of events and freebies to help you back on your bike this summer. 

Anyone can join in just email for a free information pack to Fundraising@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

 

Monday 18 June

  • Free Breakfast at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital – When you send your cycling promise to Colchester Hospitals Charity you will receive a voucher for a free breakfast. All you have to do is present it in the hospital restaurant.
  •  Bike Doctor Clinics – part of the national biggest bike fix
    1. 8.00am – 11.00am at Colchester General Hospital – outside Training Room South
    2. 11.30 am – 12.130am at Essex County Hospital – rear car park

 Tuesday 19 June

The bicycle smoothie maker will be at Colchester General Hospital. Come and have a go at powering the smoothie maker and taste one of our delicious smoothies. Find us on the grass at the main entrance to the hospital from 9.00am – 4.30pm

 Wednesday 20 June

A choice of two bike rides with experienced ride leaders

  • 11.00am – 1.30pm starts and finishes at Leisure World (meet by the skate ramps)
  • 12.15 -12.45pm starts and finishes at Highwoods (meet at the Visitor Centre)

Thursday 21 June

Free cycling refresher sessions

  • 10.00am – 12.00 at Highwoods (meet at Visitor Centre)
  • 2.00pm – 4pm at Leisure World (meet by skate ramps)
    1.      Getting back on a bike (level 1)
    2.      Cycle skills for local journeys (level2)
    3.      Advanced road skills (level 3)

 Sunday 24 June

Family bike ride – 10.00 am from Leisureworld (meet by skate ramps) to Wivenhoe and back with experienced ride leaders. The ride is suitable for children (accompanied by a parent or guardian) who can cycle for approximately 2 hours.

A number of adult bikes are available free of charge if you don’t have one – just let CoHoC know if you would like a bike when returning your registration form.

May 8, 2012
Andrew Budd

Active Travel – Walking in May, Cycling in June

With a special summer of sport on its way, with the European Nations’ football tournament, the Olympics, and the Paralympics, plus the regular Wimbledon and Tour de France, we could spend the whole summer on the sofa, watching all this activity? Fortunately there’s lots going on locally to encourage and support us, if we want to get active ourselves; stepping out with walking in May, and cycling in June.

We’re now into National Walking Month, and Colchester Travel Plan Club is booting-up for WALK TO WORK WEEK, 14-18 MAY. Some Colchester Travel Plan Club member organisations have signed up for this, and office teams have been invited to take part in a little friendly competition.

Here’s the link for the national event http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/events/walk-to-work-week Over the next few days your CTPC workplace co-ordinator should sign up your company. If you’re not in the CTPC you can still join in the fun, by registering your company yourself. And for individuals where the company has chosen not to take part, you can still join in by signing -up as an individual. We believe there are already some small businesses and individuals in Colchester that have done that, but we won’t know for sure until the Walk to Work Week’s starting gates open on the 14th May.

“WALK TO WORK” (no, it’s not just about the walk to work) was one of the topics discussed at the CTPC Active Travel event, held on 25 April 2012 at Colchester General Hospital. The other main topic for ACTIVE TRAVEL was CYCLING.

Caroline Bates, fundraiser for Colchester Hospital Charity (CoHoC), spoke about their BIKE TO WORK CHALLENGE at the Hospital, and CTPC members agreed to join in. Caroline’s great idea is that all Colchester workplaces join in with the Bike to Work Challenge, and the individuals donate their bus fares or petrol money to the hospital charity. Bike Week will be 16-24 June, with more information about Caroline’s event at    http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/event_search.php?pagemode=display&event_id=186&postcode=co3&distance=10&category=-1&county=-1&fee=any&child=any 

Find us at “Colchester Travel Plan Club” on Facebook, and @travelplanclub on Twitter.

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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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