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Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

MP and Mayor cycle too!

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Cycle Colchester persuaded new MP Will Quince to try out their pedal powered smoothie maker at the Street Wise festival on the 13 June.

They took the opportunity to talk to him about local cycling and he confirmed his wish to sort out Colchester’s infrastructure to help cyclists as well as bus users.

New Mayor Cllr Theresa Higgins has been seen out and about on her bike. Cycle Colchester interviewed her this month and she said, cycling is her preferred mode of transport for travelling to civic occasions, it’s often quicker, and cheaper than using the official car, so makes savings for the mayoral budget.

You can read more at www.cyclecolchester.org.uk

 

Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

Bike Week at Babcock Colchester

DSCN1203Neil Allen Babcock’s Travel Plan rep took his colleagues out on a lunchtime ride he said,

‘Once again Babcock Colchester celebrated Bike Week with their annual ice cream ride. A brisk ride to the Zoo via Oliver’s Lane was followed by a gentler amble to Stanway Green where they stopped for ice creams and a well-earned rest. Pleasantly refreshed a competitive sprint sent half off in the wrong direction, suitably chastened they re-joined the group for last leg back to work via Route 1!’

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Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

What’s been happening for Bike Week?

Congratulations to Colchester Borough Council who took part in the National ‘Love to Ride’ Bike challenge and came 7th place out of 502 companies Nationwide!

120 people (13%) of staff took part in the three week challenge cycling a total of 5,737 miles. With free Dr Bike on site, free Bike breakfasts and gentle short rides for new and returning cyclists using CBC’s pool bikes, 53 people who had not ridden a bike for over 12 months were inspired to join in.

The challenge now is to keep those 53 returning cyclists motivated to carry on!

Michelle Lay-Flurrie, CBC’s Travel Plan rep said ‘coming 7th out of 502 companies nationwide is a huge accomplishment so a massive thank you to everyone who took part and particularly the 53 people who rose to the challenge of getting back on a bike. The feedback has been great and we really want to keep up the momentum we have created through the challenge.’

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Jun 11, 2015
emilyharrup

13 June – Bike Week kicks off

To kick off Bike Week why not come and cycle yourself a smoothie at the Street Wise festival or take your toddlers to the Young Children’s Festival and try a bike with Colchester Cycle Champions? If you live in Wivenhoe and your bike needs fixing take it to the Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen which will be open for extended hours on the 13th.

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 4pm – STREET WISE A new event for Colchester, Street Wise is offering all things ‘street’ and more, for families to enjoy for free this summer – in a bid to help local people become more streetwise about their health and well-being.

Cycle Colchester will be there with Pulp Friction, our cycle-powered smoothie maker, so please come and say hello – and cycle yourself a smoothie! Cycle Colchester will also be offering a FREE prize draw to win a family bike service for up to four bikes, courtesy of ATW Cycle Repairs for everyone who signs up to their e-newsletter at the event! Street dance, street food and street sports are just some of the other free activities and attractions on offer from 10am-4pm at Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road

The health and well-being show also offers a jam-packed schedule of fun, suitable for all ages, including an inflatable assault course from The Parachute Regiment, video animation workshop, beauty treatment tasters, well-being workshops including yoga and Tai Chi, plus a mini farmers market and cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring healthy recipes to try at home. There will also be an attempt to create the world’s largest street dance!

Saturday 13 June, 9:30am to 3pm – COLCHESTER YOUNG CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL at Hollytrees Meadow, Upper Castle Park

Colchester Cycle Champions will be there with information about their weekly rides for families and cycling returners. They’ll also be offering a choice of bikes for children to try out.

Workshops this year include crafty Nicola Burrell, making 3D plates of food, a Silly Sporting Obstacle Race from Footprints Theatre and Valerie Osment helping you to make a Totally Tasty Fruit and Veggie Tea Towel. Sounds like FUN!

All the other usual attractions will be there including the funfair, face painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area, and Barnardo’s Children’s Centre with fun and games.ace painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area and Barnardo Children’s Centres with fun and games plus Ready 2 Play soft play area for babies and toddlers.

Saturday 13 June – Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen’s Sort-It-Out Saturday will be open all day from 10am – 4pm to celebrate the start of Bike Week, if you need some help with your bike, go and pick their brains or borrow their tools over a cuppa.

If your organisation would like to take place in a Cycle Challenge then join Active Essex

15 to 28 June –  Active Essex Cycle Challenge

Active Essex is running a free online workplace Cycle Challenge between the 15-28 June with lots of fabulous prizes to win. Find out more at Essex Workplace Challenge

If none of these takes your fancy, then join in the celebration of Bike Week by simply getting on your bike! Bike Week offers an annual opportunity to promote cycling as part of daily life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work, school and the local shops, or just to visit friends.

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work, so if you have been thinking of trying the ride to work, why not try it this week.  Why not find out if your employer has anything planned for Bike Week too.

For more on Cycling during Bike Week, pointers to local support, clubs and activities and a monthly e-newsletter visit Cycle Colchester 

 

 

 

May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

CBC walk 3,230 miles for Walk to Work Week

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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!

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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!

 

Nov 10, 2014
emilyharrup

CBC gets social

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Inspired by the success of CBC’s walking and cycling challenges earlier in the year, Helen O’Halloran, a keen cyclist working within Professional Services at CBC, along with her colleague Suzanne Norton arranged a social weekend cycle ride and walk around Highwoods Country Park.

Helen said ‘It was a beautiful bright and sunny day and was lovely to see so many friendly faces coming along with their families to enjoy the weather and beautiful surroundings.’

Ten people, including four kids joined the cycle ride and fifteen  people, including eight kids and two dogs came along for the walk around the park. With a couple of chocolate stops along the way, both ride and walk finished up with a lunch and a few beverages in the local pub. Everyone agreed how nice it was to catch up with people outside of work, that  it had been a great success and something they would like to do on a regular basis..

Other dates are currently being discussed, so CBC staff, watch out for another invitation to join the PSU again soon!

Have any of your sustainable travel promotions at work, inspired colleagues to organise their own events? Let us have your stories!

 

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

Cycle to Work Day Glory!

Thursday 4 September was national Cycle to Work day, and CTPC members helped make up the 17,000 plus cyclists who pledged to Cycle to Work.  Members also took part in Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast…

DSG, Colchester Borough Council and the NHS NEE CCG at Turner Road shared their photos and stories with us, see below…

If anyone else celebrated the day and has stories or pictures, please share them with us.

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

DSG’s Biggest Bacon Butty stop!

Defence Support Group had a full bike shed.  Shift patterns didn’t cater for offering a bike breakfast, but ever creative, the Biggest Bacon Butty stop was part of a lunch time ride with ”Smoking Phil Puxley” on the tongs.

‘An excellent BBQ pit stop’ quoted Neil, DSG’s CTPC rep. He also added that he was very pleased that some staff who hadn’t come along to previous lunchtime rides had joined them, using DSG’s pool bikes.  ‘We ran out of pool bikes, had we had more, even more colleagues would have joined us.’

In total 20% of DSG’s Colchester workforce turned out for the ride!

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Cycle to work day DSG bacon butty stop

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

NHS North East Essex CCG’s Big Bike Breakfast

10 staff from the Clinical Commissioning Group based at the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road, cycles in to work. Some were regular cyclists and other made a special effort to cycle in on Cycle To Work Day.

Judith, our CTPC rep said ‘One colleague cycled in from South Woodham Ferrars! Worthy of a medal!’

Coffee and croissants were enjoyed on their arrival.

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 1

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 2

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 3

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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