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Jun 11, 2015
emilyharrup

13 June – Bike Week kicks off

To kick off Bike Week why not come and cycle yourself a smoothie at the Street Wise festival or take your toddlers to the Young Children’s Festival and try a bike with Colchester Cycle Champions? If you live in Wivenhoe and your bike needs fixing take it to the Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen which will be open for extended hours on the 13th.

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 4pm – STREET WISE A new event for Colchester, Street Wise is offering all things ‘street’ and more, for families to enjoy for free this summer – in a bid to help local people become more streetwise about their health and well-being.

Cycle Colchester will be there with Pulp Friction, our cycle-powered smoothie maker, so please come and say hello – and cycle yourself a smoothie! Cycle Colchester will also be offering a FREE prize draw to win a family bike service for up to four bikes, courtesy of ATW Cycle Repairs for everyone who signs up to their e-newsletter at the event! Street dance, street food and street sports are just some of the other free activities and attractions on offer from 10am-4pm at Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road

The health and well-being show also offers a jam-packed schedule of fun, suitable for all ages, including an inflatable assault course from The Parachute Regiment, video animation workshop, beauty treatment tasters, well-being workshops including yoga and Tai Chi, plus a mini farmers market and cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring healthy recipes to try at home. There will also be an attempt to create the world’s largest street dance!

Saturday 13 June, 9:30am to 3pm – COLCHESTER YOUNG CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL at Hollytrees Meadow, Upper Castle Park

Colchester Cycle Champions will be there with information about their weekly rides for families and cycling returners. They’ll also be offering a choice of bikes for children to try out.

Workshops this year include crafty Nicola Burrell, making 3D plates of food, a Silly Sporting Obstacle Race from Footprints Theatre and Valerie Osment helping you to make a Totally Tasty Fruit and Veggie Tea Towel. Sounds like FUN!

All the other usual attractions will be there including the funfair, face painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area, and Barnardo’s Children’s Centre with fun and games.ace painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area and Barnardo Children’s Centres with fun and games plus Ready 2 Play soft play area for babies and toddlers.

Saturday 13 June – Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen’s Sort-It-Out Saturday will be open all day from 10am – 4pm to celebrate the start of Bike Week, if you need some help with your bike, go and pick their brains or borrow their tools over a cuppa.

If your organisation would like to take place in a Cycle Challenge then join Active Essex

15 to 28 June –  Active Essex Cycle Challenge

Active Essex is running a free online workplace Cycle Challenge between the 15-28 June with lots of fabulous prizes to win. Find out more at Essex Workplace Challenge

If none of these takes your fancy, then join in the celebration of Bike Week by simply getting on your bike! Bike Week offers an annual opportunity to promote cycling as part of daily life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work, school and the local shops, or just to visit friends.

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work, so if you have been thinking of trying the ride to work, why not try it this week.  Why not find out if your employer has anything planned for Bike Week too.

For more on Cycling during Bike Week, pointers to local support, clubs and activities and a monthly e-newsletter visit Cycle Colchester 

 

 

 

May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

Bee Green!

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Colchester Institute hosted it’s second Bee Green event yesterday to highlight the importance of sustainability to it’s students, staff and the public. As well as having Colchester Bee Keeping Association with them for the day highlighting the vital contribution bees make to sustainable agriculture and the environment, there was also the opportunity to take part in lots of activities.

Free bike repairs, local stalls, a farmers market, a boot camp, electric cars, walking tours, free NHS checks, fabulous food cooked by Colchester Institute’s chefs were just some of the many other attractions.

Rhonda, Colchester Institute’s CTPC rep led a lunchtime walk around the town, including a picnic on route with free water and sandwiches. Eight members of staff took part. Rhonda said ‘I am really pleased with how the walk went and I hope to make it a more regular activity’

The Colchester Institute’s bike user group offered Dr Bike health checks, checking around 20 bikes over the course of the day. Students and staff could also test their stamina, to see how far they could cycle in three minutes on a stationary bike!

Pulp Friction was there, getting many students and staff back on a bike for a chance to pedal themselves a free smoothie!

The weather held out, but at 2:30 a sudden hail storm descended with pebble sized ice as a dramatic grand finale to a good day!

 

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.

 

 

Jul 15, 2013
emilyharrup

Treasure to be found in High Woods County Park

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On July 31st, 10:30am outside High Woods Visitor Centre, Cycle Colchester will be revealing a closely guarded secret, the fact it is in the possession of a treasure map. This map along with a series of questions leads to the location of a hidden roman treasure.

Cycle Colchester has been working hard to produce a Roman themed treasure trail that can be walked or cycled and highlights the ease at which High Woods County Park can be accessed and explored by bicycle.

In partnership with CTC the trail is being launched as part of Love Parks Week at High Woods County Park on the 31st of July. The event is free to take part in and everyone is welcomed to come and join in, treasure map packs will be handed out from 10:30 am till 2pm. As there is a physical treasure at the end of the trail containing a variety of goodies, the quicker you find it the more treasure you are able to choose from. We ask that treasure seekers feel free to take a reward from the treasure, but why not also add to it, by putting something back into the treasure it will ensure that it will be there for treasure seekers to find for years to come.

In addition to the treasure trail, Richard Monk from CTC will be leading lead rides around the park, the first starting at 11:30, and will also be offering free cycle hire for the day in order for you to enjoy both or either activity. Cycle Colchester will also be on hand giving out general cycle advice to get you on your bike this summer.

More information can be found at http://bit.ly/CCTreasure

Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

DSG’s ‘Poodle to the Park’

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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!

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 11, 2013
emilyharrup

25 March highlights

 

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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.

Jun 11, 2012
emilyharrup

Bike chat at CBC!

 

CBC have organised two great events to launch a Summer of Cycling next week during Bike Week.

Tuesday 19 June – Dr Bike will be at Rowan House offering free bike health checks between 09:00 and 14:00. This event is open to staff and students at the 6th Form College and Colchester Institute, local Travel Plan Club members, as well as CBC staff.

Thursday 21 June – Tea, Cakes and Bike Chat.  CBC staff are invited to come and chat about cycling and grab a free tea and cake between 13:00 and 15:00 in Rowan House canteen! Information and advice will be available about cycling to work including facilities for cyclists, routes and the cycle to work scheme plus what is happening over the summer to enjoy cycling with your friends and family. The pool bikes will also be available for staff to  ‘Come and try it’ if they are thinking about using them for business travel or simply wanting to try out a bike.

Donation boxes for Colchester Hospitals Charity will be available at both events.

Thanks to rocketfuelstyle.wordpress.com for the photo of the delicious summer fruits bike cake!
May 24, 2012
emilyharrup

Get Cycling with CoHoC

Colchester Hospitals Charity is leading the way in local Bike Week celebrations this year with an exciting line up of events and freebies to help you back on your bike this summer. 

Anyone can join in just email for a free information pack to Fundraising@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

 

Monday 18 June

  • Free Breakfast at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital – When you send your cycling promise to Colchester Hospitals Charity you will receive a voucher for a free breakfast. All you have to do is present it in the hospital restaurant.
  •  Bike Doctor Clinics – part of the national biggest bike fix
    1. 8.00am – 11.00am at Colchester General Hospital – outside Training Room South
    2. 11.30 am – 12.130am at Essex County Hospital – rear car park

 Tuesday 19 June

The bicycle smoothie maker will be at Colchester General Hospital. Come and have a go at powering the smoothie maker and taste one of our delicious smoothies. Find us on the grass at the main entrance to the hospital from 9.00am – 4.30pm

 Wednesday 20 June

A choice of two bike rides with experienced ride leaders

  • 11.00am – 1.30pm starts and finishes at Leisure World (meet by the skate ramps)
  • 12.15 -12.45pm starts and finishes at Highwoods (meet at the Visitor Centre)

Thursday 21 June

Free cycling refresher sessions

  • 10.00am – 12.00 at Highwoods (meet at Visitor Centre)
  • 2.00pm – 4pm at Leisure World (meet by skate ramps)
    1.      Getting back on a bike (level 1)
    2.      Cycle skills for local journeys (level2)
    3.      Advanced road skills (level 3)

 Sunday 24 June

Family bike ride – 10.00 am from Leisureworld (meet by skate ramps) to Wivenhoe and back with experienced ride leaders. The ride is suitable for children (accompanied by a parent or guardian) who can cycle for approximately 2 hours.

A number of adult bikes are available free of charge if you don’t have one – just let CoHoC know if you would like a bike when returning your registration form.

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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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