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聽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 馃檪 It will also help you encourage good and safe cycling practices in your children.

Please share – 聽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聽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 鈥楾he 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鈥檚 priorities.

The results of their聽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:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Design, comfort and condition of the bus.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Punctuality: people want buses to be on time.

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 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鈥檛 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. 聽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聽Cycling Strategy for the next ten years is currently out for consultation.

ECC says 鈥榃e 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.鈥

It is ambitious including plans to increase spending from 拢2 to 拢3 per head to 拢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聽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!

Will Quince on Pulp Friction1Mayor on bicycle 2015

 

 

 

 

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聽took the opportunity to talk to him about local cycling and he confirmed his wish to sort out聽Colchester’s聽infrastructure to help cyclists聽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聽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聽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聽breakfasts and gentle short rides for聽new and returning cyclists using CBC’s pool bikes, 53 people who had not ridden a bike for over 12 months were inspired to聽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聽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.’

lunchtime ride monday 150615Dr Bike (1)

 

 

 

 

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聽to 4pm – STREET WISE A new event for Colchester, Street Wise is offering all things 鈥榮treet鈥 and more, for families to enjoy for free this summer 鈥 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 鈥 and cycle yourself a smoothie!聽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聽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聽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鈥檒l 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鈥檚 play area, and Barnardo鈥檚 Children鈥檚 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聽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聽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 – 聽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聽the celebration of Bike Week by simply getting on your bike! Bike Week聽offers聽an annual opportunity to promote cycling as part of daily life by encouraging 鈥榚veryday cycling for everyone鈥. 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鈥檚 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.聽 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聽

 

 

 

May 21, 2015
emilyharrup

Rail Strike Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May

Advice from Abellio regarding the possible rail strike on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May…

Industrial action has been called by members of the RMT and TSSA trades unions

working for the national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail, across the entire

UK rail network, for Monday/Tuesday 25/26 May. If the strike goes ahead the impact

on train services will be extremely severe. For Abellio Greater Anglia routes it will be

as follows :

On Monday 25 May, there will be no services at all after mid-day.

On Tuesday 26 May, there will be no services at all, except for an extremely limited,

skeleton service between London and Norwich, London and Colchester, London and

Shenfield and London and Stansted Airport in the middle of the day (plans for which

are currently being developed). These services will run infrequently with limited

capacity and only serve selected stations.

On Wednesday 27 May, services will start operating on all routes only from 06.00

onwards, but there will be service disruption and alterations as we work to restore

the full normal service.

Our advice to customers is do not travel by train on Monday/Tuesday 25/26

May.

We advise you to make other travel arrangements. Please also note that the

action will affect the entire national rail network and therefore affect plans for

journeys on other routes.

We apologise for the major inconvenience caused to your travel plans.

More information is available at www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk and

www.nationalrail.co.uk/industrial action

Follow @greateranglia for up-to-date details of our services and @nationalrailenq for

details of services across the wider UK rail network

 

May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

CBC walk 3,230 miles for Walk to Work Week

CBC walking tea partyCBC walking winners

Twenty teams聽took part in this year’s Walking Challenge at Colchester Borough Council. Between the 11 and 15 May,聽100 members of staff聽used pedometers to count their daily steps. Prizes for the top walking team, top walker and a free prize draw for everyone walking over 10,000 steps on any one day were up for grabs. Competition was fierce, both across the teams and within! The winners were announced over coffee and cakes.

‘The Regenerators’ were the top walking team racking up a massive 492,530 steps. A close second were the 鈥楢nt Hill Mob鈥 amassing a fantastic 450,685 steps.

CBC’s聽Top Walker was Marie Rutherford聽who walked a massive 166,979 steps throughout the week and Terry Cooper who walked a fantastic 131,148 steps.

Out of the 100 participants, the majority walked at least 10,000 steps on one of the days, with a sizable number walking over 10,000 steps on all five days.聽Angela Fowler won the free prize draw.

Over the course of the challenge a massive 6,822,705 steps were walked covering a total distance聽of 3,230 miles.

Michelle Lay-Flurrie, CBC’s CTPC rep said ‘ We have had an overwhelming response to the walking challenge this year, our best yet in terms of numbers of staff聽taking part. Everyone has had a great time and we are really impressed with the number of steps the teams have walked. We always get good feedback after the challenge with staff telling us how much fun it has been and how healthy they are feeling! We hope it leads to more walking generally particularly for the journey to work’

CBC held the Walking Challenge as part of National Walk to Work week.

May 20, 2015
emilyharrup

Bee Green!

Cycle user group bBee Green event 19 May 15Bee Green event 2- 19 May 15

Colchester Institute hosted it’s second Bee Green event yesterday to highlight the importance of sustainability to it’s students, staff and the public. As well as having Colchester Bee Keeping Association with them for the day highlighting the vital contribution bees make to sustainable agriculture and the environment, there was also the opportunity to take part in lots of activities.

Free bike repairs, local stalls, a farmers market, a boot camp, electric cars, walking tours, free NHS checks, fabulous food cooked by聽Colchester Institute’s聽chefs were just some of the聽many other attractions.

Rhonda, Colchester Institute’s CTPC rep led a lunchtime walk around the town, including a picnic on route with free water and sandwiches.聽Eight members of staff took part.聽Rhonda said ‘I am really pleased with how the walk went and I hope to make it a more regular activity’

The Colchester Institute’s bike user group offered Dr Bike health checks, checking around 20 bikes over the course of the day. Students and staff could also test their stamina, to see how far they could cycle in three minutes on a stationary bike!

Pulp Friction was there, getting many students and staff聽back on a bike for a chance to pedal themselves a free smoothie!

The weather held out, but at 2:30 a sudden hail storm descended with pebble sized ice as a dramatic grand finale to a good day!

 

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