Aug 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

#MeetYourMinimum – 30 minutes of activity a day

Did you know, the NHS recommends you undertake a minimum of 150 hours of physical activitiy a week. That’s just 30 minutes a day Monday-Friday leaving you plenty of time to relax at the weekend!

30 minutes a day isn’t a lot when you think about it, that could be a walk or cycle to work, a walk to and from the bus stop, or just strolling with your kids to school. It all adds up!

We want our members to pledge to #MeetYourMinimum, and at just 30 minutes a day it’s easy.

Download our posters below and let your colleagues know

Aug 13, 2019
Pam Nelson

Job opportunity: Sustainable Travel Planning Officer

There’s an exciting opportunity to join the Highways and Transportation team at Essex County Council, find out more below:

Sustainable Travel Planning Officer  (21815)

Contract: Permanent

Working Hours: Full-time

Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum

Primary Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date (Period for Applying): 16/08/19

Job summary and Responsibilities
Over the coming years, the Highways and Transportation team will strive to modernise the service, specifically around leveraging value from technology and raising customer engagement.

The Sustainable Travel Planning Officer will be responsible for promoting credible alternatives to the private car through a menu of Travel Planning measures throughout Essex. Assisting with the co-ordination, development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable Travel Plans, both voluntary and those secured through the planning process, in line with relevant policies to encourage modal shift throughout Essex.

The role will champion sustainable travel initiatives, ensuring tenacious delivery of Travel Planning, innovation and excellent communication, applying these skills to deliver a wide range of sustainability-led projects.

Apply online

Aug 5, 2019
Pam Nelson

CTPC’s Pam receives Cycling UK award

Colchester Travel Plan Coordinator Pam Nelson was recently recognised by Cycling UK for her tireless commitment to promoting sustainable transport in Colchester.

Pam first got involved by chance when she noticed a sign for Colchester Cycling Campaign not long after she’d moved to Colchester 20 years ago.

Pam was awarded CTC Volunteer of the Year East Anglia in 2004, then went on to organise Colchester’s first ‘in town without my car’ day the next year and completed bikeability instructor training too. She’s subsequently set up Cycle Training East, revive the Colchester CTC group in 2010, and was Sustrans volunteer group coordinator from 2005-14.

Pam joined CTPC in 2014 and then helped set up Colchester Bike Kitchen in 2015. Still not finished, she arranged Cycling UK ride leader training in November 2018 for six of her Sunday riders. And most recently, working with Essex County Council, Pam helped to obtain funding for a two-year community-led street design project, which started April 2019 in Winstree Road, Stanway.

From Colchester Travel Plan Club we extend our warmest congratulations to Pam.

Read the full story on the Cycling Uk Website

 

Jul 23, 2019
Pam Nelson

8th August 2019 – Cycle to Work Day


Get your employees ready for Cycle to Work Day 2019
Cycle to Work Day will be back on Thursday 8th August. This year, it’s all about giving your employees that Love to Ride feeling from now until the big day…

How can my employees take part? 
Via the free online Love to Ride community, where employees can share their experiences of trying a different commute, and upload their cycle rides for a chance of winning from a bumper haul of prizes. They’re running seven weeks of cycling challenges. So that’s seven separate opportunities for your employees to win.

How can I promote the event to employees?
The free toolkit is packed with digital assets and posters to help you promote Cycle to Work Day and Cyclescheme.

Jul 1, 2019
Pam Nelson

Women’s Festival of Cycling

The Women’s Festival of Cycling returns in 2019 and events take place throughout the UK in July. Cycling UK will be raising the profile of women’s cycling, putting on events to encourage more women to cycle, and featuring the women in cycling who inspire others. Join in and celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides.

Register an event to get involved!

May 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

8-16th June 2019 – Bike Week

Bike Week is the UK’s annual awareness-raising week to showcase everything that’s great about cycling!

Bike Week aims to get many more people across the UK to give cycling a try. So we are encouraging people like you to get out on your bike between Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Why not experience ‘everyday’ cycling – whether that’s riding your bike to work, school, to the shops or for leisure – and see how easily it can be a part of your daily life. Hundreds of great events will be taking place suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience to help you enjoy cycling, such as family-friendly rides, bike maintenance workshops, bike breakfasts and group rides.

Visit the website to see what’s happening near you.

You could even organise an event for friends, colleagues or your local pub or club. Simply register with Bike Week to benefit from:
• Event listing promoted across the UK
• Free public liability insurance
• Promotional materials and tips to make the most of your event.

Want to get involved with Bike Week at your workplace? Find out more at the Bike Week website, or download an events pack.

#BikeWeekUK #7DaysofCycling

May 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

30/30 Essex

Are you ready to take the challenge?

3030 Essex is a great way to begin or refresh your journey to getting more physically active.

No challenges to complete, no distances to run, no targets to beat – just 30 minutes of activity for the 30 days of June – your way!

Why not use June as an opportunity to try a new activity or sport? There’s plenty of inspiration from our Daily Guest Editorseverything from This Girl Can ambassadors, the Fire Brigade and Help for Heroes – they’re all lined up to give you a daily dose of ideas.

Busy Lives

May 20, 2019
Pam Nelson

20th June – Clean Air Day 2019

We can all have a cleaner air day on 20th June. Air pollution affects you from your first breath to your last, as the damage to our health can start when we’re a baby and carry on through into old age. But if we work together we could have a cleaner air day on:

Clean Air Day
20th June 2019

Did you know that if you walk on the side streets, rather than busy roads, you could experience 20% less air pollution? Or that if you walk, rather than drive, you could cut your exposure to air pollution in half (as car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist)?

Clean Air Day on 20th June is a chance to find out more about air pollution, learn how to avoid it, and discover the practical things that people can do to cut local pollution.

Want to run a Clean Air Day event this year? Find resources here, and find out more about Clean Air day online here.

Jul 20, 2018
emilyharrup

October 2018 Uni bike rides

Join us for a bike ride every Wednesday afternoon from the 10th October!

Cycling is a cheap, healthy and green way to travel around Colchester.

Each ride will show you some mainly off road and quiet routes to useful local destinations. While on the rides we will point out useful information for students cycling in the UK for the first time, and cycling tips to build confidence and help you cycle more safely.

  • Town Centre – to access shopping, eating, services, night life and lovely green spaces,  heritage and the arts.
  • Off campus student accommodation so you know how to visit your friends by bike! (Including Meadows, University Quays, The Maltings,  Greenstead House,  Avon Way and Forest Road
  • Wivenhoe – as a great place to go locally for an evening or weekend out with good pubs, lovely eating places, art galleries, Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen and lots of interesting sustainability projects

The final ride ‘See Me’ will focus on cycling safely thought the winter months.

For more information about cycling in Colchester visit www.cyclecolchester.org.uk and the Uni’s cycling pages  and Essex Blades Cycling Club’s facebook page for more about the support the University offers to cyclists

You will need your own bike. If you haven’t got one yet, Re-Cycle sell refurbished second hand bikes at the Freshers fair.  Be sure to get there on time as the bikes sell fast!

Bookings for the bike rides will be accepted up to one hour prior to the start of the ride.

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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

 

 

 

 

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August Cycle Colchester Newsletter:
We have lots of exciting news to share including:
An award for @panelsoncolch
@sustrans Winstree Road Update
Cycle Security events with @ColchBK
Beginners rides
Cycle County Active County Conference
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There's an exciting job opportunity in the Highways and Transportation team as a Sustainable Transport Planning Officer at @Essex_CC.
Find out more and apply online today:
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