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.

 

Nov 7, 2016
emilyharrup

Exciting new bus news

New! Park and Ride to stop at Colchester Hospital, 88 Bus Partnership, free hot drink at Leisure World for bus users!

Three pieces of exciting bus news to highlight this month!

Park and Ride will stop at Colchester Hospital in the New Year.

Great news for visitors and staff that the Park and Ride will be stopping at the hospital in January 2017. A day ticket will cost £3,(free after 9am for concessionary fare pass holders) and did you know that you can then use that ticket like a Rover to travel into town and back on the Park and Ride bus?

The details of the hospital stop aren’t available yet but use this link to find out more about the existing Colchester Park and Ride

New 88 Bus Partnership

If you live on the 88 route between Great Yeldham and Colchester, you can now benefit from a new partnership allowing tickets issued on the 88 services from different companies to be used on buses along any of the number 88 routes.

The route which takes in Earls Colne, White Colne, Wakes Colne, Halstead Road and Eight Ash Green as well as Colchester town centre, will now offer more flexibility in journey times due to the ability to catch any of the buses either end of the journey.

Each operator will accept day returns, weekly, monthly and annual tickets from Hedingham Buses and First Essex buses on the 88 bus route.

The new Quality Bus Partnership offers key advantages including:

  • Ticket inter-availability – customers can buy a return ticket or pass from one operator and use it to return on another operator’s bus
  • More flexibility in journeys thanks to better aligned schedules and routing
  • Improved vehicle standards and accessibility
  • Bus stop infrastructure improvements at key stops

If you live along this route and could consider getting the bus to work, you can find out more information here including a map of the routes covered.

Free hot drink for Leisure World bus users

Did you know there are now bus services serving Leisure World?

Between 7 November 2016 and 26 February 2017, if you travel by bus to Colchester Leisure World, you can claim a free hot drink in the Leisure World café, on presentation of your valid single or return bus ticket dated for that day.

The following bus routes are covered within the offer:

Weekday services

  • 4 (Network Colchester) – Stanway – Lexden – Colchester – Greenstead – The Hythe
  • 11 (Network Colchester) – Colchester Rail Station – Highwoods – Severalls Park – Mile End
  • 63 (Hedingham Omnibuses) – Monkwick – St Michaels – Central Colchester – Cowdray Avenue

Sunday services

  • 67B (First Essex) – West Mersea – Peldon – Blackheath – Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World
  • 70 (Regal Busways) – Braintree – Coggeshall – Marks Tey – Stanway – Lexden -Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World

Please note that this offer is ONLY open to persons presenting a valid single or return ticket for the day – it does NOT apply to holders of any period tickets/passes.

Find out more including links to the route timetables HERE 

 

Sep 16, 2016
emilyharrup

Great infographic from Cycle to Work day!

Check out this great infographic from Cycle to Work day showing the achievements on Wednesday 14th September.

Well done if you took part!

cycle-to-work-day-infographic

Sep 7, 2016
emilyharrup

October 2016 University of Essex bike rides

For 2017 Bike rides click here!

Join us for a bike ride every Wednesday afternoon from the 12 October 2016 from the University. Choose from a variety of rides with different focuses!

We are working with the University to offer bike rides for staff and students throughout October to help highlight useful routes, build confidence and familiarise students new to the UK with the highway code and other useful information to help them cycle safely.

If you would like to go on one of the rides please complete the booking form below. 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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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

 

 

Sep 5, 2016
emilyharrup

14 September – Win prizes for Cycle to Work day

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day. It’s on 14th September this year, and you can pledge your miles by visiting www.CycleToWorkDay.org.

There’s the chance to win some fantastic prizes too:

  • Pledge now to ride on the day at www.CycletoWorkDay.org and be automatically entered to win one of three Merida bikes and other bike goodies.
  • Enter the 12 Day Prize Countdown. It starts on the 2nd of September, just follow Cycle to Work Day on Facebook and Twitter to take part.
  • Last but not least, you can enter another exclusive draw to win a bike by sharing a photo you on your bike on 14th September using the #CycleToWorkDay hashtag.

Don’t forget, cycling to work is great for your health, saves you money on travel and is a great way to de-stress at the end of a long day! If you don’t normally cycle, why not hit the streets on September 14th feeling safe in the knowledge that you’ll be one of thousands experimenting with 2 wheels and riding to work that day!

If you haven’t been on your bike for a while, help is at hand!

Free Bike Health Checks are available between 1st – 14th September. Hundreds of local bike shops across the UK are offering the check to celebrate Cycle to Work Day – think of it as a MOT for your bike. A trained professional will assess your trusty steed and give it a simple rating of either Green, Amber or Red. As you might expect, Green indicates your bike is in tip-top condition, Amber or Red means it is advisable to book your bike in for a service before you tackle your commute – safety is paramount!

Find a local participating retailer here: www.cycletoworkday.org/retailer-finder

If you are interested in fixing your own bike, take it to the Colchester Bike Kitchen and use their tools and advice to get any problems sorted.

If you need a bike before you’ll be ready to roll, check out Cyclescheme  If your organisation is signed up to the scheme, you’ll be able to save at least 25% on a bike and any gear you need or contact local charity Re-Cycle as they sell a selection of good value, refurbished, pre-loved bikes.

If you are unsure of a route visit Cycle Colchester for route maps.

If you are lacking confidence to cycle and the 14th is too soon. Consider going on a Bikeability course to introduce you to on road riding. The next set of courses will be held in the October half term, find out more on the Colchester Travel Plan Club website.

Happy cycling!

 

 

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!

Aug 17, 2016
emilyharrup

AirTEXT – FREE local pollution alert service

Do you or someone you know have a heart or lung condition?

Sign up to a FREE Colchester air pollution alert service. On days of elevated air pollution receive an alert via your landline or mobile or download the airTEXT app on your smart phone to view air pollution, UV, pollen and temperatures for TODAY and TOMORROW.

To sign up:

  • Download the airTEXT app to your smart phone
  • Text AIRTEXT to 78070*
  • Visit the website www.airtext.info

*You will be charged at your standard text rate.

Jun 30, 2016
emilyharrup

Summer holiday Bikeability

The summer holiday offers a chance for great value, fun days out by bike and there is plenty to do locally within cycling distance. If you need to build your confidence and practical skills or haven’t been on your bike because it has a puncture, book onto one of our Bikeablity sessions to get you set for a cycling summer.

The following sessions are available for children and parents and will take place at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick on the 1 and 2 August.

If you live in or off Mile End road or Bergholt Road, separate Bikeability courses are being arranged as part of the Best Foot Forward project, please check the BFF website for details.

If we are over subscribed or you can’t make these dates we may organise further sessions later in the summer holidays depending on demand. If you would be interested please complete this form.

Otherwise if the 1 and 2 August suit you please see below what we will be offering and complete the form below.

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

Bikeability Fix – A practical hands on 1.5 hour sessions for kids (8+) and adults to learn simple repairs and adjustments.

Bikeability level 1 – for those that can ride without stabilisers to age 8, off road session to improve coordination, stopping, starting , sharing space and using gears

Bikeablity combined levels 1 and 2 – Suitable for age 9 to adults – Preparing for cycling on quiet roads, road positioning, communication with road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

Bikeability Transition – For children moving from primary to secondary school, provides route planning skills to plan and make a safe cycle ride from home to their new school.

For more on Bikeability levels 1 and 2, look at bikeability.org.uk/what

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place on the 1 and 2 August 2016 at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 electronic payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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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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