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May 14, 2013
emilyharrup

Pledge to walk for the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers

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Perfect Purdy over at LoveUrCarColchester is getting people out of their cars and on to their feet and is offering you the chance to win £100 worth of shoe vouchers. All you need to do is pledge to walk for short trips rather than taking the car.

Walking for short journeys is not only better for the environment and your health but is also better for the car. Short journeys don’t give the engine or catalytic convertor time to reach their operating temperature and efficiency, meaning more wear and tear.

So if you love your car and love Colchester, give your car a rest and join Purdy. What pledge will you make to change at least one of your short car trips for your feet instead?

Make your pledge between Monday 22 April and Friday 31 May to be entered into the prize draw. The winner will be drawn on Monday 3 June.

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 16, 2013
emilyharrup

Jane’s Walk 2013

 CTPC Jane's Walk Poster

National walking month kicks off in Colchester with the world famous Jane’s Walks and the sun has even come out to join us!

 Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting local people showing off their local area through a series of free led walks. This international event happens every year at the start of May and its back in Colchester for the 3rd year running.

 There are many guided walks planned for the Bank Holiday weekend of the 3rd to the 6th of May with plenty of local people getting involved there is something for everyone, CTPC and the University of Essex are even hosting some walks.

 Join Kate Dunton with her short lunch time walk around the beautiful campus of the University of Essex and learn of its tales, urban myths and history. The walk starts outside the Lakeside Café at 1pm on the 3rd of May and lasts one hour.

 We ourselves are leading two lunch time tours exploring Colchester’s transport history where we rediscover the forgotten tramlines that still lay beneath the surface of our town! The first, starting outside the Town Hall, takes place on the 3rd of May, from 12:15 till 1pm. But encase you can’t make that one why not join us for a picnic (weather permitting) on Hilly Fields during the extended tour taking place on the 6th of May, again meeting outside the Town Hall at 12:15 but lasting till 2pm.

There is plenty going on and we encourage you to get involved and enjoy yourself, find out more information and see what other tours are being given  here.

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!

What’s coming up?

27 September - CTPC members meeting at Cygnet Healthcare

6 October - University of Essex Fresher's fair

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