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Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

DSG’s ‘Poodle to the Park’

DSG bike week 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Week update from DSG’s Neil Allen

To celebrate Bike Week and the start of the summer Colchester WKSP`s first ride of the year was the “Poodle to the Park” a gentle meander along the cycles routes with an ice cream stop by the boating lake. A clash with school sports day robbed them of the company of a number of colleagues, this generated a general chorus of bogus sympathy as their ice creams were shared out.

Please send in your Bike Week update!

Jun 13, 2013
emilyharrup

Get on your Bike! 15 – 23 June

front page leaflet2It’s Bike Week next week and we have been busy working away with Cycle Colchester to produce a brilliant new leaflet highlighting all the regular cycle rides, cycle clubs and cycling activities for all levels, that go on locally. Print out your copy HERE or contact us for hard copies for your organisation.

Colchester Cycle Champions will be launching Bike Week at the Young Children’s Festival in Castle Park on 15  June. Dr Bike will be there offering FREE bike checks.

Several of our members have already got events and competitions planned to make this Bike Week a week to remember.

CBC is holding a cycle challenge throughout Bike Week.  Participants will receive a free bike computer to log their rides and compete with colleagues.  Also on the 13 of June CBC are hosting a ‘Come Spin With Me’ challenge for staff to see who can create the loveliest, most tastiest and smoothest smoothie!

Re-cycle at North Colchester Business Park are offering free bike MOT’s on the 18 and 20  June. Drop your bike in between 08:30 and 14:00 for a free health check and pick up our new leaflet and other useful info re cycling.

Mini Bike Festivals are being hosted by Colchester Institute on the 18 June and by CHUFT at Colchester General Hospital on the 21 June and at Essex County Hospital on the 25 June.

Both events will feature the highly popular Pulp Friction and Dr Bike so you can have a smoothie while your bike has a free MOT.

The University of Essex will be running Cycle Sleuth, offering Cycle Watch (bike security tagging) and Bike Maintenance, plus a Cyclist’s breakfast!

We have also worked in partnership with Culver Square to organise an ECOmmunity event on the 22 June. Loveurcarcolchester and Cycle Colchester will join over ten other stall holders promoting  sustainable lifestyles.

Plus the event will host a bike fashion show showcasing vintage, street, party and business/school looks from local retailers, showing how fabulous you can look on a bike at high street prices.

For more details about the Culver Square event, click here!

The local cycling community also have lots to offer this June, find out more here!

So there is lots to keep you all busy this bike week. If you have any questions about events mentioned or are hosting an event and want to let us know about, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you ASAP

 

May 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Loveurcar Flash Mobs Culver Square!

You have got to see this oneLoveurcarcolchester Flash Mobbed Culver Square to promote walking instead of driving for short journeys.

It was great fun! There are still a few days left to make your pledge to swap one of your short car journeys for walking. Everyone who pledges will be entered into a free prize draw to win £100 voucher to spend on shoes!

Watch the Flash Mob video!

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 22, 2013
emilyharrup

Are you a bus user?

CBC Bus Leaflet-04.02.09-75

We have just launched a bus users survey for members of the Travel Plan Club.

We want to hear back from bus users about your journey to work or to where you study. The survey covers all aspects of your bus experience including your satisfaction with: 

  • Reliability
  • Bus drivers and quality of driving
  • Bus stops
  • The vehicle

Why are we doing the survey? Well in 2013 we want to do more to encourage members to use the bus particularly for their journey to work and studies. However before we do this, we feel we need a better understanding of how existing bus users find local services.

The survey will give us some insight into what is good and not so good about local services and facilities for bus users. We can then use this data for a number of purposes to:

  • Work more closely with the bus operators and high way authority to help improve services
  • Tell others what is good about travelling by bus and to break down some of the barriers that may stop more people from using the bus

The survey is open until the 13 May and takes 5 – 15 minutes to complete depending on whether you regularly use one or more bus operators.

So if you are a bus user we would really welcome your feedback. Thanks for your help.

Here is the bus survey.

 

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.

Apr 11, 2013
emilyharrup

25 March highlights

 

CBC Walking Map-06.04.10-67

Fingers crossed the weather is going to improve  in time for our spring promotions.  This isn’t a photo from this year!

If you didn’t make it to the recent CTPC meeting, here are the highlights. 

May is walking month and kicks off with the internationally renowned Jane’s Walk, more in a blog from David coming soon. For the first time the CTPC will be running its own walk, so please join us. Please share the full programme with your colleagues and encourage them to come along.

Loveurcarcolchester launches it’s ‘Short Trip – Take the Pavement’ campaign in May, you may see billboards around town. There is a £100 shoe voucher prize draw for anyone pledging to swap one of their short car journeys for their feet instead.

Walk to Work week is 13 – 17th May and the University, ECC and CBC will be holding their own walking challenges.

Check out the link, if you want a free fun walking online challenge to get your workmates competing.

On the cycling front the CTPC is planning to develop a local online Bike Challenge this year using funding obtained from ECC last year. Collaboration with the University on this project is being explored.

Cycle Colchester e-newsletters, put together by the CTPC  have been revamped to include much more including infrastructure developments, monthly profile on a local cyclist, useful information, educational content as well as local events.  We will send CTPC members future e-newsletters which we hope you can share with colleagues.

We still have funding to run some cycle confidence training sessions, so if you would like to do some but can’t fund it yourself, get in touch.

A ‘See Me’ campaign is planned for autumn.

We promote cycling all year round but if you want to focus on one specific week, make it Bike Week, June 15 – 23.

Buses! We haven’t done much to promote buses in recent years, we want to do more this year but first we feel we need to get more in touch with how existing bus users find the services they use.

We are putting together a bus users survey to get feedback. If you would like to send it to your bus users and we haven’t yet been in touch, please get in contact.

Results will be used to establish a better dialogue with the bus operators and to tailor our marketing approach.

Survey results and ECC accreditation Several of our members took part in our two yearly travel survey last year. We are still doing the write up, but response rates were significantly higher than in previous years and results were positive. Congratulations to seven of our members, who have gained Essex County Council business Travel Plan accreditation this year. A blog specifically on the survey results and accreditation will be coming soon.

New ideas to pursue Finally, we discussed developing an online sustainable travel challenge which wasn’t just confined to cycling that could be used by CTPC members to encourage travel change. We will be looking for funding sources to pursue this, but will also see how it could be integrated on the back of the Cycle Challenge.

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?

Feb 13, 2013
emilyharrup

An exciting start to 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now January and the Christmas period is well and truly out of the way, we are planning ahead for 2013.

Another grant has been successfully won from Defra to continue our Loveurcarcolchester work. We are developing a programme of billboards which will span a year. This will kick off in late April with a focus on encouraging walking for short journeys. This will tie in nicely with Travel Plan Club promotions for Walking Week during May.

A successful meeting with everyone involved with Cycle Colchester promotional events and  training took place last week with a way forward decided on for example the website and directing queries for cycle training.  An opportunity to bid for small grants from ECC to promote cycling is available this year. We hope to develop our own Bike Challenge, as this was a project that we had funding for last year but were unable to take foward.

We are working closely with Chuft. Claudia and David are working up a Car Share Coffee Club, The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round and a Tea Time Travel Talk event.

We are working on Pool Bike promotions with CBC and David has just revamped CBC’s flexible travel section on their intranet.

Colchester Institute want to promote their car share scheme,  so we are looking at how we can help them do that.

We will be contacting our other members soon to find out how we can help this year. But if you already know what you want to do,  get in touch!

Thanks to livingstreets.org.uk for the image
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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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