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Jun 7, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester Cycle Challenge 2017

We move swiftly from walking in May to cycling in June where our Colchester Cycle Challenge launches on the first day of National Bike Week.

Five miles is recommended as a reasonable distance for people to cycle and recent research shows that regular cycling can halve the risk of heart disease and cancer. Cycling doesn’t only benefit your health, if you use it as a means of transport you also get reliable journey times, often a choice of routes not open to car drivers, and the opportunity to introduce activity into your daily routine without the cost and time needed to go to a gym!

Most of urban Colchester is covered within five miles, so the Colchester Cycle Challenge is a good opportunity to promote cycling and its benefits within your workplace.

The Challenge!

Open to all Colchester businesses and organisations, the Colchester Cycle Challenge runs from the 10th – 25th June.

The challenge can be used to encourage and support people new to cycling to either get on a bike or cycle more, as well as to challenge the regular and experienced cyclists to push themselves to cycle further/more regularly.

Can your organisation top the cycling leaderboard? Can you pit one department against another to see who is the cycling champion?

As our overall aim is to encourage more people into the joys of cycling, we are offering everyone the chance to be rewarded for their efforts. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Movers – Beginners
Shakers – Regular cyclists
Groundbreakers – The competitive hard core!
Active Travellers – Cycle to work/to a meeting at least twice during the challenge.

Plus a BIG SHOUT OUT for the organisation that gets the most colleagues cycling and collectively cycles the furthest!

Help, Encouragement and Motivation.

Sometimes people are a bit nervous about cycling and just need a little nudge of encouragement.

To help colleagues new to cycling to get started, share the Cyle Colchester website with them where they can find information about how to get help to fix their bike, route planning and Bikeability confidence training.  www.cyclecolchester.org.uk

To encourage colleagues to take part, could you organise a lunch time bike ride to a nearby café? Could you offer staff a free bike check at work? A free bike breakfast as a thank you for cycling always goes down well? Or how about some sort of prize draw or random selection of a daily cyclist for a prize? Could you offer to buddy new cyclists and help identify and then try out their route to work? Contact us if you are interested in offering Bikeability confidence training sessions at your workplace.

Get creative and invite your regular cyclists to contribute ideas on how others who don’t currently cycle could be encouraged to.

Contact us if you want hard copies of the Colchester Cycle Map or Get On Your Bike leaflet, both can be found electronically as well (via the links)

It may be worth sharing the link to the Essex Cake Escape – a fun way to combine cycling to cycle friendly cafes with free cake! There are cafes locally in urban Colchester suitable for family rides with children, plus cafes across Essex for longer distance cyclists.

Then for additional family cycling fun at the weekend there is the Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail in High Woods Country Park.

Taking Part

We are using the Active Essex Workplace Challenge platform for this challenge and all cycle journeys can be logged either directly on the website or via the Active Essex app. Both Leisure and Active Travel cycling can be logged.

To join the challenge simply …

1) LOG IN (if you already have an account) or SIGN UP at Active Essex Workplace Challenge

2) Once you are signed in go to LEADERBOARDS

3) Click on COLCHESTER CYCLE CHALLENGE

4) Click on JOIN CHALLENGE Log your rides either online or download the Active Essex app

Enjoy the challenge!

Sep 7, 2016
emilyharrup

October half term Bikeability sessions

We will be running Bikeability sessions on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October at Thomas Lord Audley (TLA) school in Monkwick.

If you live in or off Mile End Road or Bergholt Road, Best Foot Forward Bikeablity sessions are on offer on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 at The Gilberd. Check the Best Foot Forward website for details.

Sessions for adults and children offered at TLA are:

Bikeability Learn to Ride  – 1 to 1, 45 minute session for children or adults who are unable to ride

Bikeability level 1 – From age 8 upwards,  2 hour session in the play ground to improve coordination, stopping, starting , sharing space and using gears in preparation for on road riding.

Bikeablity combined levels 1 and 2 – Suitable for age 9 to adults – 2 x 4 hour sessions mainly on quiet roads focusing on road positioning, communication with other road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

Please complete the booking form to request a place. There is a £5 charge per learner. You will need to have a road worthy bike to take part in a session.

Bikeability Booking Form

 

 

Aug 18, 2016
emilyharrup

Love to Ride challenge 2016

Love to Ride poster 1

This year’s Love to Ride Cycle Challenge takes place in September and we want Colchester businesses to take part!

If you want to promote more cycling within your organisation, Love to Ride  is a great way to encourage your colleagues to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. This year it will run throughout the month of September and all cycle rides of at least 10 minutes count whether it is to work, meetings, or for leisure.

Why take part?

  • It is a fun, free way to encourage cycling
  • You only have to cycle for ten minutes to take part
  • It appeals to everyone and is a great way for cycling colleagues to encourage non cycling colleagues to take part.
  • New riders and those encouraging new riders get more points
  • You can use it for an internal competition as well as being part of a national competition
  • The website is very attractive and easy to use
  • It links with a number of different apps to automatically log rides while on the move
  • There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won!

What do you need to do to join in?

Identify a champion. Find out what you have to do as a ‘Champion’

Ask your champion to register your organisation (Whoever registers your organisation is then also the admin with additional access to functions on the website. They will need to know the total number of staff on payroll and if you want an internal competition as well, the names and  numbers of staff in each department.)

Start promoting the challenge to your colleagues! (If your company did the challenge last year anyone who is already registered needs to log in and register for the 2016 challenge as this doesn’t happen automatically.)

Love to Ride has lots of ideas and downloads you can use. See the links below

Info and FAQ’s for Challenge champions

Promotional ideas and downloadable posters

Website FAQ’s

Have fun this September and help us put Colchester on the national leaderboard!

Mar 4, 2016
emilyharrup

Easter Bikeability Sessions

We are pleased to be working again with SERP and Cycle Colchester to offer more Bikeability sessions this Easter holidays.

Bikeability is all about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads and it isn’t just for kids!

*Mums,  Dads* – Bikeability is a great way to improve your confidence to cycle with or without kids as well as increasing your awareness of how to cycle safely.

We would love to see more adults taking part this Easter.

To find out more about the different levels of Bikeability, check out the Bikeability website.

We are offering:

Monday 4 April a.m: One to One 45 minute Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions (An adult needs to stay with learners under 16)

  • Adults who have never learned to ride, older kids who are struggling to ride and younger children making the transition from stabilisers

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

  • Adults and children who are ready to start riding on quiet roads

Wednesday 6 April Bikeability level 3 – 9:15 to 13:15

  • Adults and children who are already confident on quiet roads and want to start cycling on busier roads and around/across busy junctions

The sessions are free, however we require a £5 payment for each learner to secure their place and towards the cost of hiring the school.  Places are limited on all of the courses and offered on a first come first served basis. Please request your place below and we will be in touch in due course to confirm your booking once we know numbers.

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place week commencing 4th April during the Easter holiday at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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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.

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

Bikeability Training this half term

Would you like to improve your confidence riding in town centre traffic?
Do you worry about taking your children cycling on the road?
Did your children miss their Bikeability training at school?

CTPC, Cycle Colchester and Essex County Council are working together to offer Bikeability training on all levels to Travel Plan Club members and the local community over the October Half Term.

Sessions are offered on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 October at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick

We will offer levels 1, 1 and 2 and level 3 Bikeability, which are all suitable for both adults and children.

Check out the Bikeability website to see which level would suit you and/or your kids.

If you are already a confident cyclist, level 3 is still highly recommended as it can help you reflect on whether you are cycling in the safest way and correct bad habits 🙂 It will also help you encourage good and safe cycling practices in your children.

Please share –  places will be booked on a first come first served basis so get in touch soon if you are interested.

You can find out more and book your place via the Cycle Colchester website,

 

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

ECC draft Cycling Strategy consultation

ECC’s draft Cycling Strategy for the next ten years is currently out for consultation.

ECC says ‘We are looking to seek the views of Essex residents on how we can best achieve our vision of seeing more people cycle in Essex, more safely and more often.’

It is ambitious including plans to increase spending from £2 to £3 per head to £10 a head of population by 2025, plus commitments to Best Practice design and high quality, well planned cycle infrastructure.

Please share the strategy and accompanying survey with your organisation so that as many people as possible respond to the consultation and give their views.

CTPC and Cycle Colchester both intend to submit a response. It would be good if CTPC members could submit a corporate response too.

Please share your thoughts and comments with us and we will incorporate them into our response.

The deadline is the 30 October 2015.

Here is the draft Essex Cycling Strategy

As an individual you can complete the online survey or if your organisation wants to respond you can write to:

Essex Cycling Strategy
Active Essex
E2, County Hall
Market Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH

Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

MP and Mayor cycle too!

Will Quince on Pulp Friction1Mayor on bicycle 2015

 

 

 

 

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.’

lunchtime ride monday 150615Dr Bike (1)

 

 

 

 

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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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