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Mar 19, 2013
emilyharrup

CHAPS Men’s Health Day

Pulp Friction (our pedal powered smoothie maker) will be making an appearance at CHAPS’ annual event taking place on Thursday 28th March from 10am – 4pm at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The event is free and aims to reacquaint men with their health, making health checks as convenient as possible by offering a quick but thorough service from medical professionals.

There will be a veteran car rally as well as around 20 stalls covering all aspects of men’s mental and physical health, including aortic aneurysm screening, heart checks, prostate cancer screening, diabetes tests, physiotherapy and sports injury detection and treatment.

Last year almost 200 men attended during the day and the event helped to prolong the lives of at least four men by identifying two life-threatening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) and two cases of prostate cancer.

To read the full press release, click here.

If you have an event coming up and you would like an appearance from Pulp Friction why not get in touch?

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.

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 24, 2012
emilyharrup

We nearly walked Lands End to John o’Groats!

Walking week 14 – 18 May and Colchester logged 834 miles, saved 144kg of carbon and burned the equivalent of 148 muffins using the Living Streets online challenge!!

We missed making it from Land’s End to John o’Groats by only 39 miles!

The Living Streets website was fun to use and the league tables made for hot competition. It was just a pity the site was so slow to sign up to and add walks.  We will  be feeding back to Living Streets, so let us know if you have anything to add.

In the meantime summer seems to have appeared so keep up the good walks!

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.

Apr 18, 2012
Andrew Budd

Summer of cycling?? Yes, really!

Here at Travel Plan Club Towers we were pondering what we could do to promote cycling in Colchester, this summer. Do we need to set up some events? Who are our target groups? When and where might they be? Who will do all this work? Then we looked at what’s already happening in Colchester, liked it, and decided to back those events.

This morning  we helped run a session for Cycle Colchester Comms Group. To emphasise the point that it’s not the local authorities’ event, it’s the collective “ours”, we met at The Castle Inn. There was no set agenda, and no finger-wagging about what has and hasn’t been done. It was about information sharing, and thinking through how we can continue the Cycle Colchester project, working with the goodwill of the local volunteers and the authorities.

Meanwhile, the Cycle Colchester website has disappeared, like the last christmas card behind the radiator. The firm that were running it have ceased trading, and a temporary fix is that some of the site is hosted at Colchester Borough Council. However, the feeling of the meeting was that an independent website is needed, restoring the project branding, with lots of links to all the events , news and activities of the local clubs, interests and organisations.

So what’s happening in Colchester’s summer of cycling? Here’s a taster:

  • Alley Cat ride 28 April, and more dates ….
  • Tour Series professional cycling in town centre, 7 June
  • Bike to Work Week for CoHoC (Colchester Hospital Charity, all welcome to join in) 16-24 June
  • Colchester Carnival 30 June – look out for Keep Colchester Cycling display, and join in if you have decorated your bike?
  • Olympic Flame in Colchester 6 July – Fred Slattern’s Bike Book Club
  • Colchester Free Festival 25 August – lookout for the bike themed elements…..
  • Young Explorers Ride 26 August, from Gosbecks, 7 miles off-road, for families, 4 mile short cut option
  • 5 Mile to Fabulous” women’s ride to Wivenhoe – date to be confirmed
  • CTC rides for new and returning cyclists – big programme of short rides led by the infamous Richard Monk
  • plus lots of charity ride challenges, and local cycle sports club events through the summer

Look out for the new Cycle Colchester website, and follow the links to all these events.  Meanwhile put them on your diary.

 

Mar 28, 2012
Andrew Budd

Double cycling – bring a friend.

According to studies from the University of Made-Up Stuff, 30% of the population will “never” cycle, 59% “might”, 10% will “sometimes” and 1%  will “often”.

 The 1% “often” are cycling enthusiasts, who have a very different outlook to the 89% non-cyclists, “never” and “might”. The ethos of Cycle Colchester is “more people cycling, more often”.  To make a difference, we need to focus on the 59% “might” and the 10% “sometimes”.

Theme One: Who are we, and what are we doing here? (names have been removed) CTC, Sustrans volunteer, CCC, Sustrans “Bike It”, cycling officer ECC, KeepColchesterCycling, ECC road safety, Colchester Travel Plan Club and more interests……

who should be here? CTC cycle champion, theatre and arts sector,  “cycle and seek”, Tendring representative, University of Essex, cycle trade representative,  Colchester Chronicle, cycletech bike mechanic, bike guru, cycle café proprietor, local bookshop who could sell maps and guides, Colchester Garrison, Keep Colchester Cool, General Practitioners/ Anglia Community Enterprise (working for PCT)/ Health Champions and Trainers network, commuter cyclists to Colchester vworkplaces, Colchester stations commuter cyclists/ Station Travel Plan reps, businesses, cafe owners, VisitColchester, UofE academics specialising in sustainability and community building, ECC highways technical staff, Colchester BC, Healthy Living Solutions, local schools, Cycle Sport – local clubs, plus local poets, health workers, celebrities and movers and shakers…..

Theme One Summary:

Everyone’s busy. We don’t expect everyone who can influence Colchester people to get more cycling, to commit to a half-day meeting, all in a room, at the same time.

We want to build a successful and effective network, with full shared access to information about promoting cycling in Colchester.

The public, and the cycling supporters, need to be well informed on what’s on offer in Colchester, looking at the wider demographic of our population.

We all need to understand that each sector of the community has different requirements, if we are to see more cycling.

Whether we are public sector, private sector or voluntary, we need to understand what we can deliver, looking at human resources and funds, and what we will have to leave aside.

Theme Two, 2012 Projects and Events: (some will happen, others are just ideas)

Tour Series pro bike race, 7 June. “Summer of cycling” – instead of national bike week, a summer of cycling is being run, linked with the Olympics. Colchester Carnival, 30 June (will include all day festival). Mountain bike chariot racing????. Wivenhoe May Fair – Saturday 26 May, King George V playing fields. Cycle training for families/ all, held over FOUR Sundays, at High Woods Country Park. Young Children’s Festival –  Saturday 16 June, Castle Park. Colchester Free Festival – Saturday 25 August, Castle Park

Fred Slattern’s Bike Book Club, starting from St John’s Green, Young Explorer ride (seven mile ride, aimed at families, from St John’s Green to Friday Woods and back).  Treasure trail, available all year, possibility in High Woods. Geocaching project. “Hub” project (open in Harlow) a bike recycling scheme engaging with young people not in mainstream education. Greenstead community event. Cultural festival. “5 miles to fabulous” event targeted at women. “singles” bike ride. “Keep Colchester Cycling”.

A suggestion. The cyclists themselves need to get people cycling, on a one-to-one basis. If every local cyclist persuaded one person to take up cycling, we would double the number of cyclists inColchester.

Target Groups. Who? and Why?

WHO? Everyone. Primary school pupils (and parents and siblings). Secondary school pupils (ditto). Young adults. Older students. Family Groups. Business. Women (all ages needed, separate marketing for different sectors). Older people. Inactive people referred by GPs. “Mind” project, using green exercise to help with depression or mental illness

WHY? Fun, Fashion, Health, Green, Cheap, Transport. A matrix could be produced, making an assessment of which reasons for cycling would most appeal to each group. When looking at a cycling promotion we need to think about who the target group are, and why our event might appeal to them. We ignore this at our peril…… 

WHAT HAVE WE GOT?  An Audit for January 2012 

Infrastructure and Assets: a recognised brand with a good reputation, the goodwill of the volunteers and the authorities, a small amount of funding, route maps and equipment (trailers, displays, “pulp friction”), www.cyclecolchester.co.uk website (Colchester Travel Plan Club will update this) (Post meeting note: the company that ran it have ceased trading, updating not possible at present.),  Salary Brook and UofE Knowledge Gateway cycle route works in 2012. Freebies in store. Maps (Good stock of most CC maps, money available for reprints). Lower Castle Park cycle route opening 20 March 2012. Lexden route (includes Crouch St completion 2012), Cyclists database – collected over the last two years, through events, pledges.

Training: Getting adults to take part in cycle training has proven difficult. There will be more opportunities in 2012.

Current promotional projects:  Cycle Champion’s led rides (the best fit to our target audiences?),            VIth Form College, The Gilberd School, Uof E – develop Bike It for older young people,  Tiptree – CTC rides plus public health sector links?, Eco Race – at primary and secondary schools (currently 12), Keep Colchester Cycling – free hire bikes, launching in spring 2012, Feedback forms needed from all events (KCC are already planning this)

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 18 April 10:00am. Venue to be confirmed. 

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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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