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Jan 27, 2016
emilyharrup

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2016?

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more active, lose weight or get out more, then cycling is a great way to do all three!

Below are some tips to help and support you to get started.

If you received a lovely new bike for Christmas, have you got the right lock and do you know how best to secure your bike when you park it? Watch this video for some guidance and advice.

Purchase a discounted ImmobiTag to electronically identify your bike. Simply pop the tag down your seat post and register your bike online. If your bike is stolen and recovered, it will help Police get it back to you.

Discounted ImmobiTags can be purchased from the Colchester Travel Plan Club for £4.50 (usual retail price £14.29) by emailing travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk

Or if you work or study at the University and/or Maltings Student Village you can purchase an ImmobiTag for just £2. (Contact the Estates Management Desk at the Uni or reception at The Maltings)

Would you and/or your kids (8yrs +)  like to learn more about how to fix your bike?
A FREE one and a half hour Bikeability Fix session is available on the 18 February during the half term where you will learn to:

Learn and name parts of a bike
Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
Repair punctures/change an inner tube
Adjust brakes
Learn how gears work
Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

Have you or your kids never learnt to cycle, are struggling to master the skill, or are making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without, then why not take up a FREE 1:1 Learn to Ride session also being held on the 18 February?

Both courses are being held at the Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick. More information and a booking request form can be found at Colchester Travel Plan Club

Want some bike inspired New Year’s Resolutions? Then check out Cycle Colchester’s ten suggestions

Jan 15, 2016
emilyharrup

Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride – February half term courses

During the February half term, CTPC have teamed up with Cycle Colchester and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) to offer more courses to help you get (and stay) on your bike. Both courses will run on Thursday 18 February at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick.

Bikeability Fix

Let your kids learn to fix their own bike – or yours!

Bikeability Fix is a short 1.5 hour session for 8 years + (adults welcome too) which focuses on doing, rather than watching, so every child will get the opportunity to work on a bike. During the session, children will learn how to:

  • Learn and name parts of a bike
  • Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
  • Repair punctures/change an inner tube
  • Adjust their brakes
  • Learn how gears work
  • Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

The session will take place inside and every child will be given a puncture repair kit to take home with them so that they can fix a puncture at home or on a ride. Adults not taking part on the course do not need to stay.

Bikeability Learn to Ride

Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions are for children or adults who are unable to cycle. This includes those struggling to master the skill, adults who have never learnt to cycle or children making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without.

The sessions are outside and 1:1. If a child is taking up the training, a parent/responsible adult will need to stay.

We will also be offering Bikeability combined levels 1 and 2 and level 3 in the Easter holidays on:

Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 April 9:15 to 13:15 or Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 for Levels 1 and 2 combined and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 for Level 3.

A booking form will be available soon.

How to book for Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride

If you are interested, in the first instance please complete the booking request below for each learner wanting to take part. We will then contact you to discuss any questions you might have and if you want to go ahead confirm your booking. Please note a charge of £5 will be made per learner to cover the cost of hiring the school.

Bikeability Fix/Bikeability Learn to Ride booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place on Thursday 18 February during the half term at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick.
 

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Nov 26, 2015
emilyharrup

Planned engineering work over Xmas

As the festive season approaches, Abellio Greater Anglia have shared a summary of the planned engineering works across the Abellio Greater Anglia network over the Christmas and New Year period.

The details are in the poster below which you can either send to colleagues or download and put up in your communal areas.

7726-AGA Xmas New year Services DR Poster

Train fares often go up in January, so this is a good opportunity to remind your colleagues that if they were thinking about trying the train, now is the time to buy a ticket!

They can get 10% off a season ticket of one month or more as part of their CTPC membership, and if you are accredited to ECC’s Business Travel Plan scheme then they can get 15% off an annual season ticket.

They can apply to join the CTPC Abellio Greater Anglia scheme by logging into the CTPC member area HERE

If you can’t remember the log in details, please contact Emily.harrup@colchester.gov.uk or Pam.nelson@colchester.gov.uk

 

 

Nov 25, 2015
emilyharrup

Road Safety Week

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This week is Road Safety Week and ‘Drive Less, Live More’ is the theme. Here are some facts that charity Brake, organisers of Road Safety Week are sharing to support Drive Less, Live More…

  • Two thirds (63%) of trips are made by car, including four in 10 (40%) trips of less than two miles.
  • Average walking trips per person have decreased by 27% since 1995.
  • A quarter of adults in England are obese and the cost to the NHS of people being overweight is estimated at £4.2 billion a year.
  • Incorporating activity like walking and cycling into everyday life is effective for losing weight.
  • In 2013 there were 1,770 people killed and 22,377 people seriously injured on UK roads. The vast majority of casualties are attributable to driver error.
  • Nearly half of households in England could be struggling with the costs of car ownership.
  • On average a family can save £642 a year by swapping a car-based school run for walking or cycling.
  • 22% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from road transport.
  • Air pollution is estimated to cause 24,000 deaths a year in the UK, half attributable to road transport.
  • The number of cars is set to increase by 43% by 2035 and traffic delays by 50%

You can take part and promote Road Safety Week by:

Find out more from www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Oct 16, 2015
emilyharrup

Are you cycling in the safest way possible?

The half term Bikeability sessions are proving popular and we are trying to organise a second Level 1 & 2 combined session to meet demand.

However we still have spaces for Bikeability Level 3, so if you are already a fairly confident cyclist and feel you don’t need any training, check out the list below and consider…

  • Would a refresher on some key aspects help you cycle more safely?
  • If you cycle with your kids, how are you teaching them to deal with the different points below?

Why not come along and ensure that you yourself  are cycling in the safest way on the road and that if you have kids, you are teaching them the best habits for cycling safely?

Level 3 refreshes on:

  • preparing for a journey
  • understanding advanced road positioning
  • passing queuing traffic
  • perceiving and dealing with hazards
  • understanding driver blind spots
  • reacting to hazardous road surfaces

The 4 hour course is being held at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 October 2:30 till 4:30pm.

If you are interested and can’t make those dates we still want to hear from you as we hope to arrange further Bikeability sessions locally in the future.

Either email cyclecolchester@gmail.com or call Emily on 01206 506476 or Pam on 01206 282762.

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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May 21, 2015
emilyharrup

Rail Strike Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May

Advice from Abellio regarding the possible rail strike on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May…

Industrial action has been called by members of the RMT and TSSA trades unions

working for the national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail, across the entire

UK rail network, for Monday/Tuesday 25/26 May. If the strike goes ahead the impact

on train services will be extremely severe. For Abellio Greater Anglia routes it will be

as follows :

On Monday 25 May, there will be no services at all after mid-day.

On Tuesday 26 May, there will be no services at all, except for an extremely limited,

skeleton service between London and Norwich, London and Colchester, London and

Shenfield and London and Stansted Airport in the middle of the day (plans for which

are currently being developed). These services will run infrequently with limited

capacity and only serve selected stations.

On Wednesday 27 May, services will start operating on all routes only from 06.00

onwards, but there will be service disruption and alterations as we work to restore

the full normal service.

Our advice to customers is do not travel by train on Monday/Tuesday 25/26

May.

We advise you to make other travel arrangements. Please also note that the

action will affect the entire national rail network and therefore affect plans for

journeys on other routes.

We apologise for the major inconvenience caused to your travel plans.

More information is available at www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk and

www.nationalrail.co.uk/industrial action

Follow @greateranglia for up-to-date details of our services and @nationalrailenq for

details of services across the wider UK rail network

 

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!

 

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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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