Nov 25, 2015
emilyharrup

Road Safety Week

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This week is Road Safety Week and ‘Drive Less, Live More’ is the theme. Here are some facts that charity Brake, organisers of Road Safety Week are sharing to support Drive Less, Live More…

  • Two thirds (63%) of trips are made by car, including four in 10 (40%) trips of less than two miles.
  • Average walking trips per person have decreased by 27% since 1995.
  • A quarter of adults in England are obese and the cost to the NHS of people being overweight is estimated at £4.2 billion a year.
  • Incorporating activity like walking and cycling into everyday life is effective for losing weight.
  • In 2013 there were 1,770 people killed and 22,377 people seriously injured on UK roads. The vast majority of casualties are attributable to driver error.
  • Nearly half of households in England could be struggling with the costs of car ownership.
  • On average a family can save £642 a year by swapping a car-based school run for walking or cycling.
  • 22% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from road transport.
  • Air pollution is estimated to cause 24,000 deaths a year in the UK, half attributable to road transport.
  • The number of cars is set to increase by 43% by 2035 and traffic delays by 50%

You can take part and promote Road Safety Week by:

Find out more from www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Nov 19, 2015
emilyharrup

Useful Public Transport info

Colchester Park and Ride New ticket machines are now in operation and the introductory fee  has come to an end. Tickets now cost £3 per adult, £1 per child and under-fives travel for free. Weekly season tickets cost £12 for adults. Monthly season tickets cost £48 for adults. To find out more including how to use the new ticket machines, visit ECC’s website

New ‘Where to catch your bus in Colchester town centre’ poster now available from Essex County Council

Get monthly e-updates on local Public Transport information and timetable changes.  ECC’s Passenger Transport team send out a monthly e-newsletter which you can subscribe to.

Keep up to date and follow your local bus operator. Most Colchester bus operators now operate their own twitter account, with details of delays, route changes, new services and more

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @FirstEssex

Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester – @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

 

Oct 16, 2015
emilyharrup

Are you cycling in the safest way possible?

The half term Bikeability sessions are proving popular and we are trying to organise a second Level 1 & 2 combined session to meet demand.

However we still have spaces for Bikeability Level 3, so if you are already a fairly confident cyclist and feel you don’t need any training, check out the list below and consider…

  • Would a refresher on some key aspects help you cycle more safely?
  • If you cycle with your kids, how are you teaching them to deal with the different points below?

Why not come along and ensure that you yourself  are cycling in the safest way on the road and that if you have kids, you are teaching them the best habits for cycling safely?

Level 3 refreshes on:

  • preparing for a journey
  • understanding advanced road positioning
  • passing queuing traffic
  • perceiving and dealing with hazards
  • understanding driver blind spots
  • reacting to hazardous road surfaces

The 4 hour course is being held at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 October 2:30 till 4:30pm.

If you are interested and can’t make those dates we still want to hear from you as we hope to arrange further Bikeability sessions locally in the future.

Either email cyclecolchester@gmail.com or call Emily on 01206 506476 or Pam on 01206 282762.

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

Bikeability Training this half term

Would you like to improve your confidence riding in town centre traffic?
Do you worry about taking your children cycling on the road?
Did your children miss their Bikeability training at school?

CTPC, Cycle Colchester and Essex County Council are working together to offer Bikeability training on all levels to Travel Plan Club members and the local community over the October Half Term.

Sessions are offered on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 October at Thomas Lord Audley school in Monkwick

We will offer levels 1, 1 and 2 and level 3 Bikeability, which are all suitable for both adults and children.

Check out the Bikeability website to see which level would suit you and/or your kids.

If you are already a confident cyclist, level 3 is still highly recommended as it can help you reflect on whether you are cycling in the safest way and correct bad habits 🙂 It will also help you encourage good and safe cycling practices in your children.

Please share –  places will be booked on a first come first served basis so get in touch soon if you are interested.

You can find out more and book your place via the Cycle Colchester website,

 

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

ECC consultation on changes to bus services

ECC are also consulting on proposed changes to the bus services they support.

ECC say ‘The consultation sets out a proposed revised policy for doing this and the proposed revisions to the existing network that will result. The policy is based on responses to previous consultations which asked about people’s priorities.

The results of their draft Bus and Passenger Strategy consultation earlier in the year are also provided and it will be of interest to Travel Plan reps that the feedback on key issues reflects the findings of the bus surveys we have carried out amongst members.

The issues that people raise most often when asked how their service could be improved were:

·         Design, comfort and condition of the bus.

·         Punctuality: people want buses to be on time.

·         Drivers: people want their drivers to interact positively with them as customers and to be considerate of them as passengers.

·         Information: people want better real time information at all points in their journey.

·         Frequency and routes: people want frequent buses on convenient routes

The current consultation is about changes to specific bus routes, particularly timetables in the evenings and at weekends and lists each service (by district) and says what the proposed change is (if any) plus the reasons why.

It is a bit of a laborious process going through the online survey, but the survey doesn’t require an answer to every question, so you can just scroll down until you find the bus service/s that you are interested in and skip the rest.

It is worth encouraging colleagues and students who might use these services to respond as individuals if these changes affect them.

The CTPC will send a response based on a review of the proposed revised policies.  If you have any specific points you want including please let us know.

The deadline is the 21 October.

ECC Bus services consultation

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

ECC draft Cycling Strategy consultation

ECC’s draft Cycling Strategy for the next ten years is currently out for consultation.

ECC says ‘We are looking to seek the views of Essex residents on how we can best achieve our vision of seeing more people cycle in Essex, more safely and more often.’

It is ambitious including plans to increase spending from £2 to £3 per head to £10 a head of population by 2025, plus commitments to Best Practice design and high quality, well planned cycle infrastructure.

Please share the strategy and accompanying survey with your organisation so that as many people as possible respond to the consultation and give their views.

CTPC and Cycle Colchester both intend to submit a response. It would be good if CTPC members could submit a corporate response too.

Please share your thoughts and comments with us and we will incorporate them into our response.

The deadline is the 30 October 2015.

Here is the draft Essex Cycling Strategy

As an individual you can complete the online survey or if your organisation wants to respond you can write to:

Essex Cycling Strategy
Active Essex
E2, County Hall
Market Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH

Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

MP and Mayor cycle too!

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Cycle Colchester persuaded new MP Will Quince to try out their pedal powered smoothie maker at the Street Wise festival on the 13 June.

They took the opportunity to talk to him about local cycling and he confirmed his wish to sort out Colchester’s infrastructure to help cyclists as well as bus users.

New Mayor Cllr Theresa Higgins has been seen out and about on her bike. Cycle Colchester interviewed her this month and she said, cycling is her preferred mode of transport for travelling to civic occasions, it’s often quicker, and cheaper than using the official car, so makes savings for the mayoral budget.

You can read more at www.cyclecolchester.org.uk

 

Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

Bike Week at Babcock Colchester

DSCN1203Neil Allen Babcock’s Travel Plan rep took his colleagues out on a lunchtime ride he said,

‘Once again Babcock Colchester celebrated Bike Week with their annual ice cream ride. A brisk ride to the Zoo via Oliver’s Lane was followed by a gentler amble to Stanway Green where they stopped for ice creams and a well-earned rest. Pleasantly refreshed a competitive sprint sent half off in the wrong direction, suitably chastened they re-joined the group for last leg back to work via Route 1!’

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Jul 2, 2015
emilyharrup

What’s been happening for Bike Week?

Congratulations to Colchester Borough Council who took part in the National ‘Love to Ride’ Bike challenge and came 7th place out of 502 companies Nationwide!

120 people (13%) of staff took part in the three week challenge cycling a total of 5,737 miles. With free Dr Bike on site, free Bike breakfasts and gentle short rides for new and returning cyclists using CBC’s pool bikes, 53 people who had not ridden a bike for over 12 months were inspired to join in.

The challenge now is to keep those 53 returning cyclists motivated to carry on!

Michelle Lay-Flurrie, CBC’s Travel Plan rep said ‘coming 7th out of 502 companies nationwide is a huge accomplishment so a massive thank you to everyone who took part and particularly the 53 people who rose to the challenge of getting back on a bike. The feedback has been great and we really want to keep up the momentum we have created through the challenge.’

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Jun 11, 2015
emilyharrup

13 June – Bike Week kicks off

To kick off Bike Week why not come and cycle yourself a smoothie at the Street Wise festival or take your toddlers to the Young Children’s Festival and try a bike with Colchester Cycle Champions? If you live in Wivenhoe and your bike needs fixing take it to the Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen which will be open for extended hours on the 13th.

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 4pm – STREET WISE A new event for Colchester, Street Wise is offering all things ‘street’ and more, for families to enjoy for free this summer – in a bid to help local people become more streetwise about their health and well-being.

Cycle Colchester will be there with Pulp Friction, our cycle-powered smoothie maker, so please come and say hello – and cycle yourself a smoothie! Cycle Colchester will also be offering a FREE prize draw to win a family bike service for up to four bikes, courtesy of ATW Cycle Repairs for everyone who signs up to their e-newsletter at the event! Street dance, street food and street sports are just some of the other free activities and attractions on offer from 10am-4pm at Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road

The health and well-being show also offers a jam-packed schedule of fun, suitable for all ages, including an inflatable assault course from The Parachute Regiment, video animation workshop, beauty treatment tasters, well-being workshops including yoga and Tai Chi, plus a mini farmers market and cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring healthy recipes to try at home. There will also be an attempt to create the world’s largest street dance!

Saturday 13 June, 9:30am to 3pm – COLCHESTER YOUNG CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL at Hollytrees Meadow, Upper Castle Park

Colchester Cycle Champions will be there with information about their weekly rides for families and cycling returners. They’ll also be offering a choice of bikes for children to try out.

Workshops this year include crafty Nicola Burrell, making 3D plates of food, a Silly Sporting Obstacle Race from Footprints Theatre and Valerie Osment helping you to make a Totally Tasty Fruit and Veggie Tea Towel. Sounds like FUN!

All the other usual attractions will be there including the funfair, face painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area, and Barnardo’s Children’s Centre with fun and games.ace painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area and Barnardo Children’s Centres with fun and games plus Ready 2 Play soft play area for babies and toddlers.

Saturday 13 June – Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen’s Sort-It-Out Saturday will be open all day from 10am – 4pm to celebrate the start of Bike Week, if you need some help with your bike, go and pick their brains or borrow their tools over a cuppa.

If your organisation would like to take place in a Cycle Challenge then join Active Essex

15 to 28 June –  Active Essex Cycle Challenge

Active Essex is running a free online workplace Cycle Challenge between the 15-28 June with lots of fabulous prizes to win. Find out more at Essex Workplace Challenge

If none of these takes your fancy, then join in the celebration of Bike Week by simply getting on your bike! Bike Week offers an annual opportunity to promote cycling as part of daily life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work, school and the local shops, or just to visit friends.

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work, so if you have been thinking of trying the ride to work, why not try it this week.  Why not find out if your employer has anything planned for Bike Week too.

For more on Cycling during Bike Week, pointers to local support, clubs and activities and a monthly e-newsletter visit Cycle Colchester 

 

 

 

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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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