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Jun 19, 2018
emilyharrup

21 June 2018 – Clean Air Day

Clean Air day is coming up on Thursday 21 June. This year CTPC members are planning to focus on #NoIdling – encouraging drivers to switch off their engines when stationary for more than one minute. Examples include when parked, waiting, loading/unloading and where there are long delays such as at Eastgates and at complex traffic light junctions such as both ends of Brook St and in Magdelen St (both in air quality management areas)

Colchester has four declared air quality management areas where Nitrogen Dioxide levels exceed the EU legal limit. The main source of the air pollution is from motor vehicles. Air pollution is believed to have contributed to over 140 early deaths in Colchester last year alone.

Find out more about air quality in Colchester

Transport is a massive source of air pollution. Toxic gases (such as nitrogen dioxide) and particulate matter emitted by vehicle engines can cause a whole range of health problems, ranging from coughing and itchy eyes to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and even premature death. Children are particularly at risk with air pollution linked to low birth weight and poor lung development. The health impacts of air pollution cost the NHS around £54 billion a year.

You are not safer inside the car either. If you are sitting in stationary traffic, the air pollution in your car from the exhaust of the car in front is worse than outside your car.

Find out more about the health impacts of poor air quality

Leaving engines running while stationary is an unnecessary source of air pollution. Switching off when stationary is a simple action everyone can take that can make a big difference.

A recent study showed in areas of high air pollution due to traffic congestion, switching off engines can reduce peak concentrations in air pollution by as much as 20-30%.

CTPC members will be looking at No Idling promotions on their own sites and with their own staff and asking staff to help spread the word.

Clean Air Day offers really useful free resources to provide training, guidance and downloadable posters and flyers to support ‘No Idling’ campaigns.

Download a No Idling toolkit

If you are interested in getting involved in helping spread the message about air pollution, it’s impact and how to reduce air pollution, get in touch; or if you are a school, workplace or healthcare provider, Clean Air Day has developed free tailored downloadable action packs.

Find out more about free resources to take part in Clean Air Day 2018

If you want to know more about how you can reduce your own contribution to air pollution, have a look at the Clean Air Day website or it you want to get involved in helping make Colchester’s air safer to breathe get in touch with the local community group Clean Air Colchester

 

 

 

 

Aug 5, 2014
emilyharrup

Cycle Colchester team at Culver Square event

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The Cycle Colchester team took part in Culver Square’s event ‘Enterprise Essex’ on the 25th and 26th July. This was an exciting opportunity to talk to fellow cyclists, people who would like to get back on their bikes or give it a go for the first time or just curious passers-by and let them know what’s available to them in Colchester.

We talked to over 100 people and had over 50 kids draw themselves a champion badge- walking, scooting or cycling, according to preference!

If you’d like to know more about cycling in Colchester, check out the Cycle Colchester website for detailed info.

Feb 3, 2014
emilyharrup

Are you a Super Commuter?

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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.

 

 

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?

What’s coming up?

18 April - CTPC members meeting at Culver Square

1 - 31 May - Walking Month

4 - 7 May - Jane's Walk Colchester

21 June - Clean Air Day

27 June - CTPC members meeting at CHUFT

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