Jun 10, 2016
emilyharrup

June is cycling month

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In June there is loads going on in Colchester and not just because National Bike Week falls within this month!

Visit the Cycle Colchester website to discover lots of opportunities to get your bike checked out, workshops to help you make your own repairs and led rides.

Cycle Colchester will also be at several events over the summer, so more opportunities to get some advice first hand to help you get cycling.

Get On Your Bike 2016 has been updated and revamped and is downloadable from the Cycle Colchester website.

We also want to hear from anyone who is interested in an adult cycle session to help you gain the practical skills and confidence for cycling on the road.

 

 

May 11, 2016
emilyharrup

May half term Bikeability sessions

This May half term we have more Bikeability sessions for children and parents on offer at Thomas Lord Audley school including Learn to Ride, Bikeability Fix and Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2.

If you live in or off Mile End Road or Bergholt Road, we are offering Bikeability sessions aimed at your community through the Best Foot Forward project, please check out the sessions and book via the BFF website.

Bikeability Learn to Ride

Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions are for children or adults who are unable to cycle. This includes those struggling to master the skill, adults who have never learnt to cycle or children making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without.

The sessions are outside and 1:1. If a child is taking up the training, a parent/responsible adult will need to stay.

Bikeability Fix

Let your kids learn to fix their own bike – or yours!

Bikeability Fix is a short 1.5 hour session for 8 years + (adults welcome too) which focuses on doing, rather than watching, so every child will get the opportunity to work on a bike. During the session, children will learn how to:

  • Learn and name parts of a bike
  • Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
  • Repair punctures/change an inner tube
  • Adjust their brakes
  • Learn how gears work
  • Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

The session will take place inside and every child will be given a puncture repair kit to take home with them so that they can fix a puncture at home or on a ride. Adults not taking part on the course do not need to stay.

We will also be offering Bikeability combined levels 1 and 2 which is suitable for children from year 5 upwards and parents

Level 1 starts in the playground testing skills and your control of your bike before leading onto Level 2 which takes place on local streets. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.  At Level 2 you can:

  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do
  • know where to ride on the road
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

Please request a place via the booking form below.

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place on the 31st May and 1st June during the half term holiday at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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Apr 20, 2016
emilyharrup

#Try20 – walk during May

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This year the whole of May is walking month, and Living Streets the national charity that promotes walking is encouraging everyone to pledge to walk for 20 minutes a day through their #Try20 campaign.

We all know how good walking is for us and walking 20 minutes a day sets us well on the way to the 150 minutes a week of activity recommended to stay in good health

If you pledge with Living Streets, you will receive daily tips to help you walk more plus be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

Here is a poster #Try20 A4 poster and a flyer #Try20 A5 flyer you can download to help promote #Try20.

May is a good month for walking locally – check out the ideas below:

Downloadable poster calendar of May’s walks and top tips:  May walking month calendar of walks which includes the walks below:

6 May – ‘Fixing the Link’  lunchtime walk as part of Jane’s Walk – find out about the background and inspiration for the signing of the route between the Station and Town Centre

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Jane’s Walk – a weekend of free fascinating themed walks led by local people exploring the local area and its history and environment in celebration of the life and work of renowned urban planner Jane Jacobs.

Find out more from the www.Janeswalk.org website. Download the poster opposite from the Walk Colchester website

Here is a downloadable Jane’s Walk flyer janeswalk2016_flyersingle

1 and 8 May – Pedlars Wood between Frinton and Walton

This beautiful private nature reserve is open for woodland walks two Saturdays in May between 10 and 5pm. Donations will be collected by bucket at the entrance.

For location details visit Visit Colchester or call 01255 850664

13 & 27 May Friday health walk and 8  & 22 May Sunday strolls in High Woods country park:  Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11 am.

Friday health walks are a short circular walks of 20 to 30 minutes. Sunday strolls last up to 1 1/2 hours, Free tea or coffee available afterwards. For more information go to Colchester Borough Council’s Walking for Health webpage or contact the Centre on 01206 853588 or email countryside@colchester.gov.uk.

14 May – CBC staff walk

CBC’s professional support unit team organise a monthly walk with colleagues, but anyone is welcome to join them! They have a leisurely walk in High Woods country park then a stop for a cuppa or ice cream at the visitor centre. Meet 10:30 at the visitor centre. For more information contact michelle.lay-flurrie@colchester.gov.uk

Wellbeing walks, Work out walks, Taster sessions and Nordic Walking at High Woods country park, Castle Park and Brightlingsea

You need to book in advance and there is a fee.  For full details, calendar and costs visit nordicwalkingnortheastessex.co.uk/activities

19 May – Firechoir

Firechoir meet every month at High Woods Country Park and walk together to the fire site to light a fire, sing and share a cup of tea when the kettle is hot!  For more details visit www.firechoir.org.uk

Mar 4, 2016
emilyharrup

Easter Bikeability Sessions

We are pleased to be working again with SERP and Cycle Colchester to offer more Bikeability sessions this Easter holidays.

Bikeability is all about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads and it isn’t just for kids!

*Mums,  Dads* – Bikeability is a great way to improve your confidence to cycle with or without kids as well as increasing your awareness of how to cycle safely.

We would love to see more adults taking part this Easter.

To find out more about the different levels of Bikeability, check out the Bikeability website.

We are offering:

Monday 4 April a.m: One to One 45 minute Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions (An adult needs to stay with learners under 16)

  • Adults who have never learned to ride, older kids who are struggling to ride and younger children making the transition from stabilisers

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

  • Adults and children who are ready to start riding on quiet roads

Wednesday 6 April Bikeability level 3 – 9:15 to 13:15

  • Adults and children who are already confident on quiet roads and want to start cycling on busier roads and around/across busy junctions

The sessions are free, however we require a £5 payment for each learner to secure their place and towards the cost of hiring the school.  Places are limited on all of the courses and offered on a first come first served basis. Please request your place below and we will be in touch in due course to confirm your booking once we know numbers.

Bikeability booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place week commencing 4th April during the Easter holiday at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick (School Road entrance). Once your place is confirmed, a £5 payment will be required to secure your place and towards the cost of hiring the school for the session/s.
 

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Mar 3, 2016
emilyharrup

FREE carnets for drivers to try the bus

Bus ticketIf you live locally and drive to work, have you considered using the bus? We have 5 FREE bus carnets* up for grabs for 5 drivers to try the bus!

Interested?

First check if there is a frequent bus service near you using this journey planner www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

 

Then email travel.plan.club@colchester.org.uk and include the number of your local bus service.

*Offer only open to members of Colchester Travel Plan Club.  Choice of Network Colchester (10 journeys over 2 months) or First services (12 journeys over 1 month) Everyone who emails by the 15 March will be put into a prize draw and the first five names will receive a carnet of their choice.

Helping you use the local bus network

Useful apps

Network Colchester/Arriva

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information www.arrivabus.co.uk/app/

First Essex buses

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information (some areas) www.firstgroup.com/essex/plan-journey/first-travel-apps

Traveline South East

Public Transport journey planner incorporating walking and cycling routes www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

Twitter

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @First

Essex Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester –  @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

Colchester Park and Ride (Junction 28 off the A12)

£3 daily or cheaper with a season ticket. Fast, frequent buses to town.  www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Colchester-Park-and-Ride.

Day Family ticket

Unlimited travel with up to 2 children for £5 a day. Both Network Colchester and First offer this ticket. (not a multi-operator ticket)

Feb 25, 2016
emilyharrup

Mitigating Climate Change and Local Opportunities for Health Improvement

Colchester Medics for Safer Roads have organised the above seminar which will take place on the 25 February from 7:30 till 9:30pm at the Postgraduate Centre at Colchester Hospital.  If you would like to attend please email elaine.chapman@nhs.net

Dr Paul Bryne extends his invitation to CTPC members and says;

‘We would like to invite you to this special event exploring the relevance of climate change and the opportunities and obligations this offers to public health.

We are delighted to announce two excellent speakers:

Dr Hugh Montgomery  is Professor of Intensive Care and director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, both University College London. Hugh has been pivotal in the publication of the recent international joint UCL – Lancet commissions on Climate Change (http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change) which he has been co-chairing. These emphasise that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. By way of an appetiser, you can watch a speech by Prof Montgomery at a health conference in Durban in 2015 via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbS8pe-DVSk

Dr Mike Gogarty  Director for Public Health at Essex County Council.

Mike will address the impact of Public Health on issues around Climate Change in our locality of Essex.

We have organised this seminar in response to the strong scientific consensus on the danger posed by man-made climate change http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ and our interest in exploring opportunities to mitigate an unprecedented threat, while improving public health. Realising that progressing the issue locally will need to be collaborative, we will be inviting health care clinicians, Public Health staff , staff from Essex County Council and local politicians.

Programme:

7.00 – 7.30            Light buffet with refreshments

7.30 – 7.40            Short Introduction by chair Dr Elmer van der Hoek, GP Tutor

7.40 – 8.30            Prof Hugh Montgomery:  Climate Change and Health

8.30 – 9.00            Dr Mike Gogarty:   Local impact of Public Health on issues relating to Climate Change

(Followed by   Debate, questions and comments from the floor)

9.30                        Conclusion by the chair and promotion for the follow-up symposium

We intend to follow this event with a symposium on a Saturday towards the end of April, further exploring how we can prepare for a low carbon future and improvements in Public Health with focus on local opportunities such as promoting alternative travel arrangements to the car, especially by use of the bicycle.

We very much hope you will be able to join us and contribute to this important debate.’

Feb 2, 2016
emilyharrup

Babcock’s Christmas bike ride

Babcock’s shared with us photos of their annual Christmas bike ride.

Neil Allen said, ‘Taking advantage of a break in the rain Babcock staff took another of their lunch time rides with the “ancient tandem” making a welcome return.  A brisk ride along the river produced a warm glow helped along by the lashings of Gluhwein and mince pies at the pit stop. A fitting way to close the cycling year and a spur to plan next year’s routes’

Hope this is inspiration for other members for 2016  – we like Babcock’s creative spirit, if you can’t find a café offering what you want, have one come to you – all you need is a friendly team mate in a van!

Please remember to share photos of your events with us! Thanks!

group shothousing estatein the park

 

 

 

pit stop

 

Jan 27, 2016
emilyharrup

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2016?

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more active, lose weight or get out more, then cycling is a great way to do all three!

Below are some tips to help and support you to get started.

If you received a lovely new bike for Christmas, have you got the right lock and do you know how best to secure your bike when you park it? Watch this video for some guidance and advice.

Purchase a discounted ImmobiTag to electronically identify your bike. Simply pop the tag down your seat post and register your bike online. If your bike is stolen and recovered, it will help Police get it back to you.

Discounted ImmobiTags can be purchased from the Colchester Travel Plan Club for £4.50 (usual retail price £14.29) by emailing travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk

Or if you work or study at the University and/or Maltings Student Village you can purchase an ImmobiTag for just £2. (Contact the Estates Management Desk at the Uni or reception at The Maltings)

Would you and/or your kids (8yrs +)  like to learn more about how to fix your bike?
A FREE one and a half hour Bikeability Fix session is available on the 18 February during the half term where you will learn to:

Learn and name parts of a bike
Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
Repair punctures/change an inner tube
Adjust brakes
Learn how gears work
Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

Have you or your kids never learnt to cycle, are struggling to master the skill, or are making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without, then why not take up a FREE 1:1 Learn to Ride session also being held on the 18 February?

Both courses are being held at the Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick. More information and a booking request form can be found at Colchester Travel Plan Club

Want some bike inspired New Year’s Resolutions? Then check out Cycle Colchester’s ten suggestions

Jan 15, 2016
emilyharrup

Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride – February half term courses

During the February half term, CTPC have teamed up with Cycle Colchester and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) to offer more courses to help you get (and stay) on your bike. Both courses will run on Thursday 18 February at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick.

Bikeability Fix

Let your kids learn to fix their own bike – or yours!

Bikeability Fix is a short 1.5 hour session for 8 years + (adults welcome too) which focuses on doing, rather than watching, so every child will get the opportunity to work on a bike. During the session, children will learn how to:

  • Learn and name parts of a bike
  • Adjust saddle height (and knowing what height to set)
  • Repair punctures/change an inner tube
  • Adjust their brakes
  • Learn how gears work
  • Understand when to get a qualified mechanic to fix their bike instead.

The session will take place inside and every child will be given a puncture repair kit to take home with them so that they can fix a puncture at home or on a ride. Adults not taking part on the course do not need to stay.

Bikeability Learn to Ride

Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions are for children or adults who are unable to cycle. This includes those struggling to master the skill, adults who have never learnt to cycle or children making the transition from cycling with stabilisers to cycling without.

The sessions are outside and 1:1. If a child is taking up the training, a parent/responsible adult will need to stay.

We will also be offering Bikeability combined levels 1 and 2 and level 3 in the Easter holidays on:

Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 April 9:15 to 13:15 or Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 for Levels 1 and 2 combined and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 for Level 3.

A booking form will be available soon.

How to book for Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride

If you are interested, in the first instance please complete the booking request below for each learner wanting to take part. We will then contact you to discuss any questions you might have and if you want to go ahead confirm your booking. Please note a charge of £5 will be made per learner to cover the cost of hiring the school.

Bikeability Fix/Bikeability Learn to Ride booking request form

  • Bookings are on a first come first served basis. All courses take place on Thursday 18 February during the half term at Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick.
 

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Nov 26, 2015
emilyharrup

Planned engineering work over Xmas

As the festive season approaches, Abellio Greater Anglia have shared a summary of the planned engineering works across the Abellio Greater Anglia network over the Christmas and New Year period.

The details are in the poster below which you can either send to colleagues or download and put up in your communal areas.

7726-AGA Xmas New year Services DR Poster

Train fares often go up in January, so this is a good opportunity to remind your colleagues that if they were thinking about trying the train, now is the time to buy a ticket!

They can get 10% off a season ticket of one month or more as part of their CTPC membership, and if you are accredited to ECC’s Business Travel Plan scheme then they can get 15% off an annual season ticket.

They can apply to join the CTPC Abellio Greater Anglia scheme by logging into the CTPC member area HERE

If you can’t remember the log in details, please contact Emily.harrup@colchester.gov.uk or Pam.nelson@colchester.gov.uk

 

 

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