Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

Cycle to Work Day Glory!

Thursday 4 September was national Cycle to Work day, and CTPC members helped make up the 17,000 plus cyclists who pledged to Cycle to Work.  Members also took part in Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast…

DSG, Colchester Borough Council and the NHS NEE CCG at Turner Road shared their photos and stories with us, see below…

If anyone else celebrated the day and has stories or pictures, please share them with us.

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

DSG’s Biggest Bacon Butty stop!

Defence Support Group had a full bike shed.  Shift patterns didn’t cater for offering a bike breakfast, but ever creative, the Biggest Bacon Butty stop was part of a lunch time ride with ”Smoking Phil Puxley” on the tongs.

‘An excellent BBQ pit stop’ quoted Neil, DSG’s CTPC rep. He also added that he was very pleased that some staff who hadn’t come along to previous lunchtime rides had joined them, using DSG’s pool bikes.  ‘We ran out of pool bikes, had we had more, even more colleagues would have joined us.’

In total 20% of DSG’s Colchester workforce turned out for the ride!

Cycle to work day DSG biike shed compressedCycle to work day 2014 setting off

Cycle to work day DSG bacon butty stop

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

NHS North East Essex CCG’s Big Bike Breakfast

10 staff from the Clinical Commissioning Group based at the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road, cycles in to work. Some were regular cyclists and other made a special effort to cycle in on Cycle To Work Day.

Judith, our CTPC rep said ‘One colleague cycled in from South Woodham Ferrars! Worthy of a medal!’

Coffee and croissants were enjoyed on their arrival.

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 1

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 2

Cycle to work day 2014 PCT 3

Sep 8, 2014
emilyharrup

CBC’s Big Bike Breakfast

Colchester Borough Council celebrated Cycle to Work day with over 50 staff cycling in to enjoy a continental breakfast at Rowan House and Shrub End depot.

Cakes were offered to the service with the  most staff cycling in, and Shrub End won, with 32 staff cycling to work, representing a big proportion of their work force!

Michelle, our CTPC rep said, ‘It was lovely to see so many people cycling in, some for the first time and the bike racks full at Rowan House and Shrub End. A particularly special thank you to two ladies who decided to leave their car at home for the first time, enjoy the dry weather and cycle in together. Both said how much they enjoyed it and that they would try it again in the future!’

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Rowan House Breakfast 3

Aug 28, 2014
emilyharrup

4 September Cycle to Work day

Cycle to work banner

4th September is when nationally over 9000 people have already pledged to cycle in to work.

Can we help them up this number and put Colchester on the map?

It’s easy to make a pledge online, however can you get your employer to take part too?

It’s also easy for employers to support Cycle to Work day.

All they need to do is pledge their support by committing to at least one of the actions below:

 

1) Promote Cycle to Work day throughout their business

2) Be part of Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast, by rewarding colleagues that ride in on September 4 with a coffee and croissant

3) Run an event for their staff to promote the day and its aims

Pass the web link www.cycletoworkday.org to your employer and encourage them to pledge on behalf of your organisation.

If you are an employer reading this make your pledge HERE! today. There are also lots of resources on the site you can download to promote the day including posters, emails, letter heads etc.

Cycle retailers across the country have also signed up to offer Free Dr Bike MOT’s between the 25th August and 4th September.  In Colchestser Thomas’ Cycle Revolution and 53-12 have signed up to offer these checks but staff can check out local retailers where they live by clicking here  If you do take up the offer from a retailer give them a ring before hand to arrange a mutually convenient time to take your bike in.

If you or your staff want some ideas on cycle routes they can check out the route maps on the Cycle Colchester website.

If you do celebrate Cycle to Work day, please remember to take some photos and dont’ forget to share them with us at  travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk

 

Aug 5, 2014
emilyharrup

Cycle Colchester team at Culver Square event

culver sqaure

 

The Cycle Colchester team took part in Culver Square’s event ‘Enterprise Essex’ on the 25th and 26th July. This was an exciting opportunity to talk to fellow cyclists, people who would like to get back on their bikes or give it a go for the first time or just curious passers-by and let them know what’s available to them in Colchester.

We talked to over 100 people and had over 50 kids draw themselves a champion badge- walking, scooting or cycling, according to preference!

If you’d like to know more about cycling in Colchester, check out the Cycle Colchester website for detailed info.

Jul 22, 2014
emilyharrup

All charged up and ready to go!

Electric car charger launch photo

Colchester’s first Rapid Electric Vehicle Charger went live at the Weston Homes Community Stadium yesterday. This is one of three rapid charge points installed around Essex.

It only takes 20 – 30 minutes to fully charge, helping electric car drivers travel further.  Check out the press release for further details.

 

Jun 24, 2014
emilyharrup

Appeal for cyclist witnesses

Most of Colchester’s residents will be aware by now of the shocking murder of Nahid Almanea, the Essex Uni student on the Salary Brook trail last week.

The police are currently looking for two cyclists who were seen in the area at the time. Here is a link to the Police’s call to the cyclists to come forward. Please get in contact with the police if you can help with identifying these cyclists as any piece of information could be crucial.

If you are an Essex University student or know someone who is, make sure to check your student emails and the Uni intranet for information about alternative travel arrangements that could help you feel safer, particularly from Greenstead and The Quays.

Jun 18, 2014
emilyharrup

DSG’s Ice Cream ride!

DSG ice cream ride

Lovely photo from DSG!  Neil Allen, heading up the ride said, “ The annual DSG ‘Ice Cream’ ride was well supported with 13 members of staff enjoying a brisk 8 mile ride via Stanway Green where a stop was made for a well earned rest and a slurp of the rapidly melting ice creams”

 

 

Jun 18, 2014
emilyharrup

Bike Week Activities

As you might be aware, this week we celebrate National Bike Week! See what some of our members- Colchester Borough Council, Defense Group Support and Essex County Council – have been up to:

Colchester Borough Council 

Dr Bike at CBC 1 June 14

Staff members have been offered two free Dr Bike sessions to bring their bike along for a health check. These have proved very popular, with several bikes lined up throughout the day waiting for their turn:

Also, staff members were encouraged to team up and see who can log the most rides  over Bike Week. Six teams have entered the challenge- the winner still to be decided as the week is only half way through!

Defense Support Group

DSG staff have a delicious reason to go out on their bikes this week! Their traditional Ice Cream lunch ride, consisting of a gentle 8 miles ride to Stanway Green and back,  will coincide with Bike Week. Come back to see photos of the ride soon!

Essex County Council

ECC had 24 bikes visit Dr Bike yesterday and 68 people took part in their Bike Week breakfast. The Bike Sheds were heaving with over 80 bikes, so looks like lots of staff are cycling in this week!

 

 

 

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