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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.

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Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 3

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

CBC’s Big Bike Breakfast

Colchester Borough Council celebrated Cycle to Work day with over 50 staff cycling in to enjoy a continental breakfast at Rowan House and Shrub End depot.

Cakes were offered to the service with the  most staff cycling in, and Shrub End won, with 32 staff cycling to work, representing a big proportion of their work force!

Michelle, our CTPC rep said, ‘It was lovely to see so many people cycling in, some for the first time and the bike racks full at Rowan House and Shrub End. A particularly special thank you to two ladies who decided to leave their car at home for the first time, enjoy the dry weather and cycle in together. Both said how much they enjoyed it and that they would try it again in the future!’

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Rowan House Breakfast 3

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

 

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

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

Jane’s Walk Weekend

At the beginning of National Walking Month, another great and International celebration takes place with Colchester participating in Jane’s Walk Weekend  for the 4th year running.

Join members of the local community for an array of  fascinating, informative and entertaining walks between the 2nd and 5th May and find out more about Colchester’s urban and green areas.

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Walk themes include:

Colchester’s military history

The secrets of New Town

The theatres and lost theatres of Colchester

All trees great and small

Tales from Campus

Sunday in Friday Woods

On the street where I live

No Ball games here please!

Download a poster for your workplace here!

Find out more about Jane’s Walk weekend and the details of Colchester’s walks

Have a great weekend!

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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