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Sep 14, 2017
emilyharrup

P&R added to bus network map

We have recently updated our bus network map to include the Park and Ride. Our map shows the main frequent bus services that are suitable for commuting to work or regular travel.

There is also a separate map for North Colchester which gives more detail for people working at North Colchester Business Park and Colchester Hospital.

You can download the maps below.

Colchester’s frequent buses network map

North Colchester bus network map

Mar 13, 2017
emilyharrup

Free parking for car sharers at Colchester Station

Do you travel by train for business meetings?

Why not travel with colleagues and make the most of the work time you have on the train that you would lose if you travelled by car?

Plus if you car share to the station you can ENJOY UP TO 8 HOURS FREE PARKING at Colchester Station.

The LoveurcarColchester car share bays are located on the south side of the station and anybody car sharing to the station for business or personal use can use them free of charge. You need a Loveurcar car share permit which you can also get for free by applying online.

The Loveurcar car share permit can also be used in a number of car parks in town including St Mary’s, Vineyard Street, Britannia and St Johns where the car share bays are located in preferential locations. (Please note normal car park charges still apply in the town centre car parks)

Car sharers can save money on fuel and car park charges by taking it in turns to give lifts or by reimbursing their car share drivers with a contribution towards fuel and parking costs.

There are added community benefits if more people car share. Car sharing contributes to reducing the number of cars on the roads, improvements in air quality through fewer cars, with the knock on effect of reducing traffic congestion.

If you workplace doesn’t already have a car share matching scheme, then suggest they set one up. You may be surprised to find how many colleagues live close to each other and could potentially car share some of the days of the week.  You can find out more about car sharing including local online car share matching schemes below.

Find out more about car sharing here.

Apply for a FREE LUCC permit here

 

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Building Resilient Communities event

If you didn’t manage to get to Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC) Building Resilient Communities event last month, you might be interested in some of the presentations, which are now all available on the CBC website.

Of particular interest to CTPC members – was a very illuminating presentation on dispelling the myths about electric vehicles. Amongst the wealth of useful information included was the large number of electric charge points across the country, the range of electric vehicles versus the daily distance the average person in the UK travels, the savings and business benefits.

The presentation did particularly focus on the Nissan Leaf – however this does appear to be the market leader in electric cars and we were impressed with it’s other green credentials including how much of the car is made from recycled materials and that 99% of the car can actually be recycling.

So if you want to know more about electric cars  and see the other presentations visit the Building Resilient Communities webpage

Other presentations that could be useful to CTPC SME’s were a couple of funding opportunities for sustainable projects (though not travel related) offered through LoCASE and The Carbon Trust Green Business fund.

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Colchester’s frequent bus services

colchester-public-bus-ntwk-dgm-nov-2016We will be continuing to promote bus travel in the New Year, and as a starting point have updated our commuters bus map. The map shows all Colchester bus services that run on an up to hourly frequency – quite a lot as you will see. Click on the map on the left to download it.Nrth Clchstr Business Park Map

We have also created a NEW North Colchester bus map, showing the services that specifically serve the Business Park and Axial Way.

We need to further develop this map with key useful information – so if you have ideas of what you would like included drop us a line! Click on the North Colchester map to the right to download it.

 

Aug 17, 2016
emilyharrup

AirTEXT – FREE local pollution alert service

Do you or someone you know have a heart or lung condition?

Sign up to a FREE Colchester air pollution alert service. On days of elevated air pollution receive an alert via your landline or mobile or download the airTEXT app on your smart phone to view air pollution, UV, pollen and temperatures for TODAY and TOMORROW.

To sign up:

  • Download the airTEXT app to your smart phone
  • Text AIRTEXT to 78070*
  • Visit the website www.airtext.info

*You will be charged at your standard text rate.

Jun 10, 2016
emilyharrup

June is cycling month

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In June there is loads going on in Colchester and not just because National Bike Week falls within this month!

Visit the Cycle Colchester website to discover lots of opportunities to get your bike checked out, workshops to help you make your own repairs and led rides.

Cycle Colchester will also be at several events over the summer, so more opportunities to get some advice first hand to help you get cycling.

Get On Your Bike 2016 has been updated and revamped and is downloadable from the Cycle Colchester website.

We also want to hear from anyone who is interested in an adult cycle session to help you gain the practical skills and confidence for cycling on the road.

 

 

Apr 20, 2016
emilyharrup

#Try20 – walk during May

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This year the whole of May is walking month, and Living Streets the national charity that promotes walking is encouraging everyone to pledge to walk for 20 minutes a day through their #Try20 campaign.

We all know how good walking is for us and walking 20 minutes a day sets us well on the way to the 150 minutes a week of activity recommended to stay in good health

If you pledge with Living Streets, you will receive daily tips to help you walk more plus be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

Here is a poster #Try20 A4 poster and a flyer #Try20 A5 flyer you can download to help promote #Try20.

May is a good month for walking locally – check out the ideas below:

Downloadable poster calendar of May’s walks and top tips:  May walking month calendar of walks which includes the walks below:

6 May – ‘Fixing the Link’  lunchtime walk as part of Jane’s Walk – find out about the background and inspiration for the signing of the route between the Station and Town Centre

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Jane’s Walk – a weekend of free fascinating themed walks led by local people exploring the local area and its history and environment in celebration of the life and work of renowned urban planner Jane Jacobs.

Find out more from the www.Janeswalk.org website. Download the poster opposite from the Walk Colchester website

Here is a downloadable Jane’s Walk flyer janeswalk2016_flyersingle

1 and 8 May – Pedlars Wood between Frinton and Walton

This beautiful private nature reserve is open for woodland walks two Saturdays in May between 10 and 5pm. Donations will be collected by bucket at the entrance.

For location details visit Visit Colchester or call 01255 850664

13 & 27 May Friday health walk and 8  & 22 May Sunday strolls in High Woods country park:  Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11 am.

Friday health walks are a short circular walks of 20 to 30 minutes. Sunday strolls last up to 1 1/2 hours, Free tea or coffee available afterwards. For more information go to Colchester Borough Council’s Walking for Health webpage or contact the Centre on 01206 853588 or email countryside@colchester.gov.uk.

14 May – CBC staff walk

CBC’s professional support unit team organise a monthly walk with colleagues, but anyone is welcome to join them! They have a leisurely walk in High Woods country park then a stop for a cuppa or ice cream at the visitor centre. Meet 10:30 at the visitor centre. For more information contact michelle.lay-flurrie@colchester.gov.uk

Wellbeing walks, Work out walks, Taster sessions and Nordic Walking at High Woods country park, Castle Park and Brightlingsea

You need to book in advance and there is a fee.  For full details, calendar and costs visit nordicwalkingnortheastessex.co.uk/activities

19 May – Firechoir

Firechoir meet every month at High Woods Country Park and walk together to the fire site to light a fire, sing and share a cup of tea when the kettle is hot!  For more details visit www.firechoir.org.uk

Mar 3, 2016
emilyharrup

FREE carnets for drivers to try the bus

Bus ticketIf you live locally and drive to work, have you considered using the bus? We have 5 FREE bus carnets* up for grabs for 5 drivers to try the bus!

Interested?

First check if there is a frequent bus service near you using this journey planner www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

 

Then email travel.plan.club@colchester.org.uk and include the number of your local bus service.

*Offer only open to members of Colchester Travel Plan Club.  Choice of Network Colchester (10 journeys over 2 months) or First services (12 journeys over 1 month) Everyone who emails by the 15 March will be put into a prize draw and the first five names will receive a carnet of their choice.

Helping you use the local bus network

Useful apps

Network Colchester/Arriva

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information www.arrivabus.co.uk/app/

First Essex buses

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information (some areas) www.firstgroup.com/essex/plan-journey/first-travel-apps

Traveline South East

Public Transport journey planner incorporating walking and cycling routes www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

Twitter

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @First

Essex Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester –  @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

Colchester Park and Ride (Junction 28 off the A12)

£3 daily or cheaper with a season ticket. Fast, frequent buses to town.  www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Colchester-Park-and-Ride.

Day Family ticket

Unlimited travel with up to 2 children for £5 a day. Both Network Colchester and First offer this ticket. (not a multi-operator ticket)

Feb 25, 2016
emilyharrup

Mitigating Climate Change and Local Opportunities for Health Improvement

Colchester Medics for Safer Roads have organised the above seminar which will take place on the 25 February from 7:30 till 9:30pm at the Postgraduate Centre at Colchester Hospital.  If you would like to attend please email elaine.chapman@nhs.net

Dr Paul Bryne extends his invitation to CTPC members and says;

‘We would like to invite you to this special event exploring the relevance of climate change and the opportunities and obligations this offers to public health.

We are delighted to announce two excellent speakers:

Dr Hugh Montgomery  is Professor of Intensive Care and director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, both University College London. Hugh has been pivotal in the publication of the recent international joint UCL – Lancet commissions on Climate Change (http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change) which he has been co-chairing. These emphasise that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. By way of an appetiser, you can watch a speech by Prof Montgomery at a health conference in Durban in 2015 via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbS8pe-DVSk

Dr Mike Gogarty  Director for Public Health at Essex County Council.

Mike will address the impact of Public Health on issues around Climate Change in our locality of Essex.

We have organised this seminar in response to the strong scientific consensus on the danger posed by man-made climate change http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ and our interest in exploring opportunities to mitigate an unprecedented threat, while improving public health. Realising that progressing the issue locally will need to be collaborative, we will be inviting health care clinicians, Public Health staff , staff from Essex County Council and local politicians.

Programme:

7.00 – 7.30            Light buffet with refreshments

7.30 – 7.40            Short Introduction by chair Dr Elmer van der Hoek, GP Tutor

7.40 – 8.30            Prof Hugh Montgomery:  Climate Change and Health

8.30 – 9.00            Dr Mike Gogarty:   Local impact of Public Health on issues relating to Climate Change

(Followed by   Debate, questions and comments from the floor)

9.30                        Conclusion by the chair and promotion for the follow-up symposium

We intend to follow this event with a symposium on a Saturday towards the end of April, further exploring how we can prepare for a low carbon future and improvements in Public Health with focus on local opportunities such as promoting alternative travel arrangements to the car, especially by use of the bicycle.

We very much hope you will be able to join us and contribute to this important debate.’

Feb 2, 2016
emilyharrup

Babcock’s Christmas bike ride

Babcock’s shared with us photos of their annual Christmas bike ride.

Neil Allen said, ‘Taking advantage of a break in the rain Babcock staff took another of their lunch time rides with the “ancient tandem” making a welcome return.  A brisk ride along the river produced a warm glow helped along by the lashings of Gluhwein and mince pies at the pit stop. A fitting way to close the cycling year and a spur to plan next year’s routes’

Hope this is inspiration for other members for 2016  – we like Babcock’s creative spirit, if you can’t find a café offering what you want, have one come to you – all you need is a friendly team mate in a van!

Please remember to share photos of your events with us! Thanks!

group shothousing estatein the park

 

 

 

pit stop

 

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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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