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Oct 22, 2014
emilyharrup

Preferential parking for Colchester car sharers

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LoveurCarColchester has just launched their latest project to encourage car sharing into the town centre

Starting this month, you can benefit from dedicated car sharing bays in preferential locations in five town centre car parks. These are in St. Marys, St. Johns, Priory Street, Britannia and Vineyard Street car parks.

You can’t miss the colourful bays, as they are painted green with a red outline. They will soon also have a heart with 2+ in the middle! There are also signs near the bays explaining what they are all about and they are all located close to the entrance of each car park.

As you know, car sharing is a great way to save fuel, reduce congestion and drive in a greener way.

All you need to do to sign up to use the bays is to go to our LUC Car Share Permit page, fill in the form, and we will post you a FREE permit. It’s all very straightforward, so take advantage of this scheme and start car sharing today!

You will still need to pay normal parking fees or display your season ticket, but remember you could be sharing your parking and fuel costs with your car share partner/s. For tips on setting up a car share check out the LoveurCarColchester website.

Feb 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Bus users survey results

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It’s taken us a while, but at last we can give you feedback on the bus users survey we undertook back in May 2013.

We had a great response of 882, so thanks to the Uni, 6th form college, Colchester Institute and Colchester Borough Council for taking part.

There was lots of positive feedback with the majority of users being satisfied with the connections of the buses with other local public transport, ease of access of amenities, appearance and greeting/welcome from bus drivers, ease of getting on and off buses, number display etc.
However there were a number of issues highlighted.

The two main issues identified were:

  • Punctuality  – 57% were not satisfied with the punctuality of their bus, however sighted traffic congestion (48%) as the main factor causing the bus to be late
  • Timetable provision – issues of missing/out of date/discrepancies between online and hard copy versions/electronic displays not working and overwhelmingly, 56% said they found it difficult or very difficult to actually navigate the timetables

Other key issues were:

  • Lack of late running services – particularly those buses mainly serving student population
  • Cleanliness of interiors
  • Helpfulness, politeness and friendliness of drivers
  • Seating and shelter at bus stops both in and outside the town centre

Traffic congestion is an ongoing issue,  and a main reason for encouraging more people to use the bus, but it’s a chicken and egg situation, as at the same time it is also a barrier to getting people on the bus in the first place.

We appreciate things may have moved on since we did the survey.  For example ECC are currently working on a project taking over responsibility for all timetables at bus stops.

So we are also in contact with Colchester Bus Users Group (C-Bus) to get their view on the timetable issue as they have been auditing the new timetables that have been going up.

As the majority of feedback was about First buses, we are going to share the results with them and talk to them about the key issues raised.  We have already shared Network Colchester’s results with them.

We will get an update on the telematic screens, plus find out what the policy is from ECC re bus stop facilities.

Overall the survey provided us with lots of useful information that we can use in our efforts to promote bus use so thanks very much to everyone who contributed and apologies for the time taken to feed back the results.

 Here is a summary of the results

 

Sep 5, 2011
Andrew Budd

Holland not coming our way any day soon……..

“There are two possibilities – either to change the way we build our cities, which is a very far-reaching kind of project, or else we make up for their deficiencies by looking at them in a different way.”

August Endell was a painter and architect, who wrote “The Beauty of the Big City”, about Berlin in the 1920s. And here we are, Colchester a cycle town from 2008, and planning for Colchester 2020. Cycle Colchester project is a partnership between the local authorities and the voluntary sector, and the Colchester project continues even though the current government decided not to continue their financial support for the cycle town concept.

There have recently been some observations that we have not yet created Dutch infrastructure in Colchester. Ah yes, Holland, that heaven on earth where people can cycle from everywhere to everywhere else, in complete safety, happy and smiling all the time. Here’s an inspirational link from Copenhagen http://youtu.be/RCDV-7QWt6Q showing it is entirely possible to create places where many people choose to cycle.

There are some people in Colchester who will say that Colchester is too hilly, too wet or too cold for cycling, despite there being plenty of places that have much more adverse conditions, and much more cycling.  There are others who say “it’s too dangerous, and I won’t cycle until I can get from my home to —– (insert your destination here), until there is a dedicated off-road cyclepath from door to door”. Well the path ain’t going to happen sometime soon, and probably never will.

It’s back to Wendell, and how we respond to our city as it is; lovely but imperfect. I suggest that very many journeys in Colchester can NOW be made by bike, with relatively good ease and safety, if we are prepared to give it a go. If people want to make that change from HABITUAL car use, and use their bike for SOME of the journeys, for many of us, we CAN do it. There is plenty of information out there about equipment and training, and lots of information about cycle routes. 

When we look at the Danes in the video link, remember that the Danes have HIGHER car ownership than we do, it’s just that they don’t choose to use the car for ALL trips. (I have cycled in their smaller, Colchester scale, cities – Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense – and it’s not just a Copenhagen thing.)

OK, we don’t have a full network in Colchester of dedicated cycle routes for all possible trips, but we do have hundreds of miles of quiet roads that are safe to use by bike, and some very useful links through green spaces. We can wait until the perfect path is provided, but I suggest we, as a community, should be getting the benefits of cycling now.

We need more people, using bikes for more kinds of journeys, more of the time. Cycle Colchester isn’t just about “them”, the authorities; it’s also about “us”, the members of our community, and what WE do.

Disclaimer: Please note that this blog posting is my own personal opinion. Feel free to comment.

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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