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

 

 

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

 

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