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Sep 24, 2014
emilyharrup

National Lift Share Week 6-10 October

Faxi

The 6 – 10 October is National Lift share week and a great opportunity to promote car sharing.

There are lots of good reasons to promote car sharing to your organisation including reducing pressure on your car parks, and relieving local traffic congestion.

There are plenty of benefits for those that choose to car share including the opportunity to save money on fuel and parking costs, reducing the stress of driving in and finding a parking space more easily.

Here are a few ideas for how you could promote Lift share week to your colleagues.

FAXI –   We have purchased 10 groups for this new map based social network that allows you to identify journey sharing partners by seeing on a map who lives nearby or en route to one specific destination or workplace. You can then message them without giving away personal information. There is an apple and android ap to go with it. If you want to take advantage of one of our groups, get in touch to find out more. 

Essex Car Share –  If you don’t want your own workplace group you could promote ECC’s lift share matching site and encourage your colleagues to sign up.

Loveurcarcolchester –  Share our quirky film featuring Baz and Purdy’s journey to regular car sharing to illustrate the benefits of car sharing in a different way. The web page also includes advice about car sharing on subjects such as insurance and charging.

If you have dedicated car share bays, now’s the time to remind everyone of your car sharing scheme and the benefits.

If you don’t have any dedicated car share bays, could you introduce some during Lift share week?

On the promotional side, what about holding a post code coffee and cake morning where members of staff who would like to car share can meet up and see if anyone else is living near them and could share lifts?

Or could you hold some sort of competition/prize draw for everyone who tries a car share journey during lift share week?

Email travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk if you want to discuss ideas or have help with your plans. Please let us know how your promotions go so we can post about it!

Sep 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Standing Together Walk 27 September

The Safer Colchester Partnership has organised a community walk on the 27th September to reclaim the pathway of the two recent murder scenes in Colchester.  The walk will take a route from one murder scene to the other in remembrance and to demonstrate the local community Standing Together. This is the route where you can see where the walk will start and finish along with various check points on route.

This is an open invitation for anyone to join the walk on the 27th September. So please feel free to pass it on to colleagues, friends and family members who you feel would like to join the walk.

If you need further information please contact Joanne Wood, Community Initiatives Project Assistant, Colchester Borough Council & Safer Colchester Partnership. Tel No: 01206 506943 joanne.wood@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

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.

janes-walk-2014-poster

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!

Feb 3, 2014
emilyharrup

Are you a Super Commuter?

supercommuter

Cyclescheme – who provide many of our members’ Cycle2Work schemes have launched a competition to find 12 Super Commuters, one for each region of the UK.

The winners will be set tasks throughout the year, ranging from a simple blog about your commute to reviewing the latest commuter gear, or talking about cycle commuting on your Facebook page.

There are lots of rewards along the way, freebies and kit from big name brands pus a staring role in a Cycle to Work day campaign later in the year.

 

First off, each Super Commuter will receive an Endua Luminite jacket, trousers, gloves and overshoes plus a RoadHawk helmet camera!

Would you like to share your experience of cycling and inspire others to make their commute by bike? Would you like to put Colchester on the Super Commuters map?

If you think you have what it takes to be Essex’s Super Commuter, check out the competition and put yourself forward!

Closing date is the 16th February 2014.

 

 

Oct 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Pamper time with 2013 survey

View of the Balkerne restaurant

It’s that time of the year again, when Travel Plan Club members are sending out their annual travel surveys as part of their efforts to retain or improve on their current Essex County Council Business Travel Plan accreditation.

Colchester Borough Council, DSG, Colchester Institute, Colchester 6th Form, The Gilberd and CHUFT all have surveys out at the moment.

Levels of survey response is one of the key criteria for gaining accreditation, along with the number of travel plan measures in place and progress with those measures.

All our accredited members need to gain at least a 25% response rate to retain or move up to Bronze, or 50% response rate to achieve or retain gold.

As always we offer incentives to encourage colleagues to participate.

Thanks this year go to Colchester Institute for donating many prizes to help our members up their number of responses. A meal for two, a £15 hair dressing voucher and a £15 beauty voucher are all up for grabs at CBC, Colchester 6th form and CHUFT.

Colchester Institute’s contemporary restaurants offers delicious menus at very reasonable prices. Check out their menu here. Pamper yourself without breaking the bank and support a student at the same time.  Colchester Institute offers great value on a wide range of beauty treatments and hair dressing services. See what you can get for £15 at Colchester Hair and Colchester Beauty.


Oct 9, 2013
emilyharrup

70p a litre to drive to work!

Car share billboard 2 low resIt is National Liftshare week.  Sharing your journey to work is a great sociable and cost effective way to reduce the cost of your commute while contributing to reducing traffic congestion. Many Travel Plan Club members also offer dedicated parking bays for car sharers too.

Loveurcarcolchester is celebrating lift sharing throughout October!

There are twenty £15 iTune vouchers up for grabs. Try a car share trip and tell Loveurcarcolchester how it went and how much you saved and you could be a winner!

So talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbours and see if you can find someone to try a car share trip to work with. If you are happy to look online visit www.essex.liftshare.com

Sep 24, 2013
emilyharrup

Are you a Supermodal?

Supermodals

 

WE CAN ALL BE SUPERMODALS…!

Do you sometimes take the bus to work, walk to the shops, cycle to visit friends? If so, you’re a Supermodal!

A new promotion running throughout October is looking for the UK’s Supermodals! Two lucky winners will win a trip for two to Amsterdam.

Are you 18 to 35 and part of a growing trend of people who give the car a break and choose different modes of transport? Are you someone who likes the flexibility of being able to travel your way, in your style?

Let’s get behind this promotion and show them how many Supermodals we have in Colchester!

To take part, you need to upload a picture of you on your supermodal journey. Supermodal partners want to show off the benefits people get when they opt not to use the car. Tell them why you choose to be a supermodal so they can share the joy with others.

Once you have uploaded your story and photo, make sure you ask your family and friends to vote for you! Use your social media accounts to encourage people to vote – don’t forget to use the hashtag #supermodals and your messages will be shared. The entries with the most votes at the end of the competition will be submitted to a jury which will select two winners. You can find further information on the competition rules here and in the FAQs.

Let us know when you post your photo up and we will vote for you and encourage other CTPC members to as well!

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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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