Nov 23, 2012
emilyharrup

All will be revealed tonight!

 

 

It is the Newsquest business awards tonight, and again this year we have sponsored the Active and Sustainable Travel category along with Essex County Council’s Sustainable Business Travel Plan team.

We have six fantastic finalists who we asked to tell us about the project they are most proud of that has either:

  1. Reduced the costs and emissions of business travel; or
  2. Encouraged staff to be more active; or
  3. Contributed to reducing the carbon emissions generated from the journey to work; or
  4. Encouraged the local community to be more active or reduce their carbon emissions

Our finalists are:

  • Colchester sixth form college
  • The Gilberd
  • Colchester Hospitals Charity
  • Inntel
  • University of Essex
  • Defence Support Group

Our two winners will be revealed this evening. It has been wonderful talking to everyone and seeing their enthusiasm and passion for their projects. It has been an incredibly difficult task to decide on just two winners and we want all our finalists to know that we were very impressed with all of the projects and work described to us.

We will blog about our winners next week, but as we were so impressed with all the projects described to us, we will give you an overview of all of our finalists as well!

Emily

Nov 23, 2012
emilyharrup

Claudia checks out the new bus station.

As you all probably (and hopefully!) know by now, the new bus station has been opened. It has moved on Sunday, the 18th November, from the Temporary Bus Station onQueen Street to the new one on Osborne andStanwell Street.

As a bus frequent bus user myself, I checked out the facilities available. There is the covered waiting lounge, (good for foggy, freezing late-autumn days), additional seating area and improved toilet facilities.

Furthermore, two electronic timetable screens are being put up which will detail all buses, which will be really useful, since I would normally always end up wondering where I can find information about my next bus home (particularly if you can choose from more options, and would have to walk from one bus stop to another to check the times).

For those of you who are interested in a bit of technology, you’ll probably enjoy exploring the information pods, which can give you assistance with journey planning, as well as various pieces of information about the town. They are located in Osborne and Stanwell street. They also enable access to audio announcements for blind and partially-sighted passengers, used in conjunction with the appropriate fobs (available from the Colchester Information Centre).

Finally, there is no need to panic! We have been helping out Colchester Borough Council colleagues on the street talking to people about the changes and the frequent question was whether their bus will continue to service the town centre or not.  And the answer is yes, the buses will still run through the town centre,  so if that is the stop you would usually catch your bus from, then you can continue doing that.

 Link to Colchester Borough Council website for more information

Claudia

Nov 6, 2012
emilyharrup

Belated CTPC write up

Re-cycle inundated with customers at freshers fair.

A much belated write up about the last Travel Plan Club meeting held at the University on the 6 September. 

The CTPC has been very busy particularly helping the University and Colchester Institute with their freshers fairs plus undertaking lots of travel surveys for our various members.

Things have moved on since the meeting, so just a quick recap and update on a few key points…

 

 

Replacing Andrew: Claudia started today and David will start next week! We have successfully recruited two interns who will work  with us until March 2013.  We look forward to working with them and will introduce them to you soon. 

Key projects:

ECC accreditation:

We are keen to help our members achieve ECC accreditation.  Several of you are aiming for silver and a couple for gold. The main challenge is the survey response rate, so this year surveys will be bespoke to each organisation as a new approach to encourage more participation.  The deadline for completing surveys was this week, and Colchester Institute, CHUFT and CBC’s are complete with the Uni’s ending this week. More on survey results in a future blog!

Cycling Promotion:

Emily is now a trained ride leader so could lead rides from your organisation if this is something you want to set up.

£300 funding is available for a See Me campaign, highlighting the need and legal requirement to use lights at night and to wear high viz clothing. Due to  resource constraints this has only been pursued at the Uni this year with two very successful ‘See Me’ twilight rides.  Let’s put this in the programme for next year and do something Travel Plan Club wide.

We also still have £2k funding for our own in house Cycle Challenge, Charlotte thinks the Uni might be able to help with this project – perhaps as a student project.. one to pursue for next spring.

Cycle Colchester E- Newsletters are going out each month, the aim is to show that cycling isn’t just for summer and that activities take place throughout the year.

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There is still funding for CTPC bespoke promotions. Events have already taken place at the University where we promoted their car share scheme and used an eco driving simulator to raise awareness of fuel efficient driving, we did the same at CHUFT, however there we were launching their new car share scheme offering dedicated parking bays.  We aim to hold events in seven different organisations – so what can we do for you to promote car sharing and fuel efficient driving?

The Autumn campaign starts soon, and will highlight how Purdy’s savings have paid for her Christmas shop. We need the CTPC’s support to promote this campaign.

Forward planning/promotional events

We want to help you with anything you would like to promote over the coming months. Public Transport is one area that we haven’t promoted heavily. Please give us your ideas.

We are sponsoring the Active and Sustainable Travel NQE business awards this year, thanks to those members who have entered and good luck.

The temporary bus station in Queen Street will be closing on 17 November 2012 and the new bus station in Osborne Street opening 18 November. CBC will provide us with information shortly that we can share with our organisations.

 We haven’t yet set a date for the next meeting but will do soon. It will probably be in January 2013.

Jul 9, 2012
emilyharrup

DSG’s Bike Week ride

 Neil Allen from DSG describes their bike ride….

‘To mark this years “Bike Week” staff from DSG Colchester took part in a lunch time 10 mile ride to the village of Fingringhoe and back. Described as a “pleasant poodle”, any suggestion that the event would be taken seriously disappeared with the arrival of two colleagues on an ancient tandem. Accompanied by much laughter and synchronized bellringing, hills were conquered and byways explored. So successful was the ride that it is proposed to make it a regular event!’

Jun 26, 2012
emilyharrup

Pedal power at Chuft

Well in the end it was Caroline and I who did most of the pedalling but we gave out over 100 smoothies by the end of the day!!  It was a beautiful day and great to talk to so many people about cycling, CoHoC and anything else that came up!

Photo and article from the Gazette 21/06/2012

Jun 18, 2012
emilyharrup

Cycle Sleuth at Uni this week

There is plenty going on at the Uni this week to encourage Uni staff and students to get on their bike. A  Cycle Sleuth will be roaming the Uni on Tuesday 9 June, looking for cyclists to give prizes too as a reward for cycling that day!

 

 

National Bike Week is 18 – 22 June 2012

Why not cycle to work?

Over the week the following events are planned to encourage you to think about cycling to campus.  Please visit the transport pages to see the facilities and information for cyclists such as the shower/changing room location, lockers, cycle tagging scheme and Cyclescheme for staff.

Micro Chip your bicycle

Monday 18 June 2012

Under Podia Sq1 Cycle Park between 5-6pm

For just £2 have your bicycle chipped and added to the police national database in case its lost or stolen so it can be easily returned to you by our PCSO Alex Wilmot or the Patrol Officers. 

Bike to Work?

Tuesday 19 June 2012

A Cycle Sleuth will be about on campus and will randomly choose 5 bicycles parked in the official cycle parks.  The owners of the bike will win a small prize!

Buy a Bike?

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Come to Square 5 between 12-2pm where Re-Cycle selling will be selling a range of affordable bicycles from £30 upwards

Cycle Maintenance Session

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Cycle Tech will be on campus offering FREE advice and safety checks for bicycles.  Come and visit him on Square 5 between 9am and 3pm.

Micro Chip your bicycle

Friday 22 June 2012, Under Podia Sq1 Cycle Park

For just £2 have your bicycle chipped and added to the police national database in case its lost or stolen so it can be easily returned to you by our PCSO Alex Wilmot or the Patrol Officers. 

Thanks to accsys-peopleware.blogspot.com for the image.
Jun 12, 2012
emilyharrup

Lunch time ride at DSG

 

I found this photo on file, of DSG staff launching their new pool bikes last year! 

To promote Bike Week,  DSG Colchester Bike/Travel Plan Champions Neil Allen, Jason Gooding and Stuart Packard have arranged a lunch time ride on Wednesday 20th June 2012.  Leaving the main gate at midday, they will ride out to a pub in Fingringhoe then back to work, grabbing a bag of chips on the way home.  The cycle ride is a gentle 10 mile round trip.

Pool Bikes are available or bring your own bike, those taking part will have the chance for some free cycle goodies from Cycle Colchester.

This event is subject to weather permitting!

Remember DSG Colchester has 6 pool bikes that are free for staff to use anytime. To book out a bike speak to the main gate staff.

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.

May 24, 2012
emilyharrup

We nearly walked Lands End to John o’Groats!

Walking week 14 – 18 May and Colchester logged 834 miles, saved 144kg of carbon and burned the equivalent of 148 muffins using the Living Streets online challenge!!

We missed making it from Land’s End to John o’Groats by only 39 miles!

The Living Streets website was fun to use and the league tables made for hot competition. It was just a pity the site was so slow to sign up to and add walks.  We will  be feeding back to Living Streets, so let us know if you have anything to add.

In the meantime summer seems to have appeared so keep up the good walks!

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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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