Jul 19, 2017
emilyharrup

Summer 2017 Bikeability courses

Colchester Travel Plan Club in partnership with Cycle Colchester and Safer Essex Roads Partnership are offering Bikeability sessions again this summer. We are still firming up the venue but are taking expressions of interest for Learn to Ride and Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2. There will be a £10 charge per participant.

Learn to Ride is aimed at anyone from 5 years upwards who isn’t able to cycle. The 45 minute session is a great confidence booster and the instructors usually get the participant cycling on two wheels by the end!

Combined levels 1 & 2 Bikeability is for children from 9 years old to adults, who want to improve their confidence to start cycling on quiet roads. The 8 hour course (over 2 days, 4 hours each day) covers road positioning, communication with other road users, recognising hazards and passing parked vehicles/side roads.

It is highly recommended that parents undertake Bikeability training too, so that you are aware of the good practice your children have been taught and can reinforce it when out cycling with them – you will also be surprised at how much it teaches you and how aware you become of the bad habits you may have got into!!

Either ourselves or Safer Essex Roads Partnership will be in touch soon to confirm the venue and send you the actual booking form.

Bikeability summer 2017 - expression of interest

  • Please let us know which sessions you are interested in and we will send you further information and the link to book soon. Bikeability Learn to Ride is for 5 years plus to adult and Bikeability combined levels 1&2 is for 9 years plus to adult.
 

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Jun 8, 2017
emilyharrup

15 June – National Clean Air Day

The first ever National Clean Air Day falls on Wednesday 15th June.

Air quality has been in the media a lot recently as the evidence of the health impacts of air pollution, particularly from motorised vehicles is now very clear, with old people, unborn babies, children and those suffering from lung and heart problems the most vulnerable.

In Colchester alone 143 early deaths every year are attributable to air pollution.

As a town with an air quality problem in specific areas including the town centre (see more about Colchester’s air quality problem and the Air Quality Management Areas), we are very keen to support this initiative and the Clean Air Day organisers have provided heaps of free resources to help us.

Everyone who drives has a responsibility to contribute to reducing air pollution and there are small actions everyone can take that can contribute to making a big difference.

Please use the day to raise awareness of the causes and health impacts of air pollution and ask your colleagues to pledge to make a change to their travel behaviour on the 15th June.

With just one hour of your time, you could:

  • Forward the social media message and information to your communications team and ask them to promote the day internally and externally including signing up to the Thunderclap

National Clean Air Day Social media resources

  • Put the posters below up around your workplace

Fact1 – Pollution inside cars

Fact2 – Pollution damages our hearts

Fact3 – How to avoid worst air pollution

Poster – Leave the car at home

Poster – Will you join us?

  • Share these leaflets with your colleagues

2 page leaflet

12 page leaflet

 There are 4 pledges to choose from

Leave my car at home

Turn off my engine whenever I can

Walk my children to school

Share tips on how to cut pollution with others.

  • Promote AirTEXT a free alert service highlighting high pollution level days in Colchester so people with heart and lung conditions can take action if needed. AirTEXT alert service

If you can do a bit more?

There are lots of other ideas and resources available to help you draft a message from your chief executive or managing director, to hold an event, or talk to people about turning off their engines. Look at the resources below for further information.

Workplace Toolkit

Communication Resources

No idling flyer

There are other resource packs for schools and healthcare providers packed with ideas, posters, templates and key messages to share.

Go to the Clean Air Day website for more information.

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!

May 27, 2017
emilyharrup

The Results! Colchester Walking Challenge

Well done to everyone who took part in the Walking Challenge!

Eleven local organisations took part with 135 people walking. Collectively we racked up a stonking 452,818 activity points!  

Individual winners

Everyone walking at least the recommended 150 minutes for both weeks (at least 750 activity points) was entered into a free prize draw. The winners were:

 1st - Danielle Woraker from Colchester Borough Council  who wins a £25 Fenwick Voucher

2nd - Lisa Cherry from the University of Essex who wins a pair of tickets for the Laughter Zone at the Colchester Arts Centre

3rd - Robert Diamond from Ingleton Wood who wins a pair of cinema tickets.

Active Travellers

54 people walked for Active Travel and collectively would have saved 383kg of CO2 had they done the same journey by car.

The top 20 Active Travellers were entered into a free prize draw and we are pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Natasha Sayers from Colchester Institute who wins afternoon tea for 2 at Wivenhoe House!

Top Walker

We thought it would also be good to reward the top walker too. So Katy Scott from CHUFT wins a pair of tickets for the Laughter Zone at Colchester Arts Centre having racked up a whopping 21,178 activity points over the two weeks.

Thanks again to the Arts Centre, University of Essex, Fenwick and the Odeon for donating the prizes.

Finally a shout out for our top workplaces and departments.

Winning Workplaces

The top three workplaces with the highest average activity points were:

1st CHUFT

2nd Colchester Institute

3rd Colchester Borough Council

 

Winning Departments (more than one participant)

The top three departments with the highest average activity points were:

1st Clinical Audit at CHUFT

2nd The Walkie Talkies team from CBC

3rd Facilities Department from Colchester Institute

Thanks for joining in.

Here is the full leaderboard for participating workplaces.

  Company

No of participants

Average activity points

1st

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (Colchester General Hospital)

5

7535

2nd

Colchester Institute (Colchester Campus and all sites)

31

3828

3rd

Colchester Borough Council (Rowan Hse & Shrub End)

63

2948

4th

University Of Essex (Colchester Campus)

20

2774

5th

Ingleton Wood LLP (Colchester)

7

1813

6th

Essex County Council (Essex House, Colchester)

3

661

Well done to the individuals at these workplaces who signed up to the challenge.

7th

Ringway Jacobs (Smo 2)

1

14,007

8th

Babcock International Group (Colchester)

1

9631

9th

NHS North East Essex Ccg

1

1,768

10th

Provide (Provide HQ, Colchester)

1

1,723

11th

Inntel

1

100

We hope you enjoyed the challenge and are feeling the health benefits? Look out for the cycling challenge coming up next month! 

May 8, 2017
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk in North Colchester Business Park

Walk the Talk, 12 local walks of differing lengths is now available to businesses working on the North Colchester Business Parks.

Each walk has its own name and includes details of its approximate length, number of steps, calories burned and time it will take.

So you might want try Love Your Heart, or the Crescent Loop, do the Tesco Hop or go for a longer Highwoods Country Ramble.

Whether you have twelve or fifty minutes to spare there is a walk for you. Get out for a breath of fresh air at lunchtime or take your team out for a walk to come up with some inspirational blue sky thinking while on the move.

Download the Walk The Talk poster.

 

Apr 25, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester Walking Challenge 5-19th May 2017

In celebration of Living Street’s National Walking Month, the Colchester Travel Plan Club in partnership with Active Essex’s Workplace Challenge are launching a Walking Challenge for Colchester businesses and organisations!

Walking is a great way for your employees to get active and much easier than most activity to build into a daily routine. Introducing some walking during the day boosts productivity as well, so a lunch time walk, walking to a meeting or even holding a walking meeting can all have business benefits.

Our challenge to you is to see how many employees you can encourage to walk the recommended 150 minutes a week during the Walking Challenge?

We will be holding prize draws for those that achieve at least 150 minutes of walking each week, we will also reward the most Active Travellers, and the department that walks the most.

But we also want to pit organisation against organisation and see what Colchester company tops the leader board as walking the most!

Throughout the challenge you will be able to see where your organisation is placed on the leader board and also within your organisation the top departments taking part (if applicable) and most active individuals.

To sign up to the Walking Challenge visit the Active Essex Workplace Challenge website

To encourage your staff to take part, why not offer some lunchtime walks, cancel some booked meeting rooms and hold the meeting while walking, promote Jane’s Walk a whole weekend of walks in Colchester between the 5 – 7th May , (more on the Jane’s Walk facebook page ) and check out Living Streets handy hints and tips.

Mar 16, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester bus services – did you know?

If you have a direct bus service in walking distance of your house, why not try the bus as a greener and more sustainable way to travel into town or to work?

You can incorporate a bit of physical activity into your daily journey, and if your route has bus lanes you could reach your destination quicker than by car in peak hours especially if you factor in having to find a parking space.

Below we answer a few questions you might have about bus services in Colchester.

I live in Colchester, are there many frequent bus services? There are ten local bus services into the town centre provided by First and Arriva with a frequency of every 10 to 20 minutes.

Are there more buses suitable for commuting? There are 19 bus services into Colchester with an up to hourly frequency provided by First, Arriva, Hedinghams and Chambers.

How will I know when my bus will arrive? Download First and/or Arriva’s app that includes real time information, as well as route planning and timetable info. The electronic boards at some bus stops are now showing real time information.

Is there a ticket allowing travel on any bus? There is a range of multi-operator tickets including Day Rovers, Weekly to Annual Borough Cards, Evening and Sunday savers.

I never have cash on me. Buy a mobile ticket. First and Arriva sell M-Tickets for most of their products.

I only want to use the bus on some days. First offer carnet tickets for part time travel over 1 or 3 months.

It’s too expensive to travel with my children. First and Arriva offer Family tickets to discount travelling with children over 5 years old.

If you want to find out more about local bus travel, including downloading our frequent bus routes map, journey planners, links to the bus operators websites and apps click here

If the organisation you work for is a member of the Colchester Travel Plan Club (you can check here) , you usually travel to work by car but you would like to try the bus – we are offering some FREE First and Arriva carnet tickets for you to give it a go. Email travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk if you are interested.

Mar 13, 2017
emilyharrup

Free parking for car sharers at Colchester Station

Do you travel by train for business meetings?

Why not travel with colleagues and make the most of the work time you have on the train that you would lose if you travelled by car?

Plus if you car share to the station you can ENJOY UP TO 8 HOURS FREE PARKING at Colchester Station.

The LoveurcarColchester car share bays are located on the south side of the station and anybody car sharing to the station for business or personal use can use them free of charge. You need a Loveurcar car share permit which you can also get for free by applying online.

The Loveurcar car share permit can also be used in a number of car parks in town including St Mary’s, Vineyard Street, Britannia and St Johns where the car share bays are located in preferential locations. (Please note normal car park charges still apply in the town centre car parks)

Car sharers can save money on fuel and car park charges by taking it in turns to give lifts or by reimbursing their car share drivers with a contribution towards fuel and parking costs.

There are added community benefits if more people car share. Car sharing contributes to reducing the number of cars on the roads, improvements in air quality through fewer cars, with the knock on effect of reducing traffic congestion.

If you workplace doesn’t already have a car share matching scheme, then suggest they set one up. You may be surprised to find how many colleagues live close to each other and could potentially car share some of the days of the week.  You can find out more about car sharing including local online car share matching schemes below.

Find out more about car sharing here.

Apply for a FREE LUCC permit here

 

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Building Resilient Communities event

If you didn’t manage to get to Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC) Building Resilient Communities event last month, you might be interested in some of the presentations, which are now all available on the CBC website.

Of particular interest to CTPC members – was a very illuminating presentation on dispelling the myths about electric vehicles. Amongst the wealth of useful information included was the large number of electric charge points across the country, the range of electric vehicles versus the daily distance the average person in the UK travels, the savings and business benefits.

The presentation did particularly focus on the Nissan Leaf – however this does appear to be the market leader in electric cars and we were impressed with it’s other green credentials including how much of the car is made from recycled materials and that 99% of the car can actually be recycling.

So if you want to know more about electric cars  and see the other presentations visit the Building Resilient Communities webpage

Other presentations that could be useful to CTPC SME’s were a couple of funding opportunities for sustainable projects (though not travel related) offered through LoCASE and The Carbon Trust Green Business fund.

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Colchester’s frequent bus services

colchester-public-bus-ntwk-dgm-nov-2016We will be continuing to promote bus travel in the New Year, and as a starting point have updated our commuters bus map. The map shows all Colchester bus services that run on an up to hourly frequency – quite a lot as you will see. Click on the map on the left to download it.Nrth Clchstr Business Park Map

We have also created a NEW North Colchester bus map, showing the services that specifically serve the Business Park and Axial Way.

We need to further develop this map with key useful information – so if you have ideas of what you would like included drop us a line! Click on the North Colchester map to the right to download it.

 

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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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