Nov 10, 2014
emilyharrup

CBC gets social

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Inspired by the success of CBC’s walking and cycling challenges earlier in the year, Helen O’Halloran, a keen cyclist working within Professional Services at CBC, along with her colleague Suzanne Norton arranged a social weekend cycle ride and walk around Highwoods Country Park.

Helen said ‘It was a beautiful bright and sunny day and was lovely to see so many friendly faces coming along with their families to enjoy the weather and beautiful surroundings.’

Ten people, including four kids joined the cycle ride and fifteen  people, including eight kids and two dogs came along for the walk around the park. With a couple of chocolate stops along the way, both ride and walk finished up with a lunch and a few beverages in the local pub. Everyone agreed how nice it was to catch up with people outside of work, that  it had been a great success and something they would like to do on a regular basis..

Other dates are currently being discussed, so CBC staff, watch out for another invitation to join the PSU again soon!

Have any of your sustainable travel promotions at work, inspired colleagues to organise their own events? Let us have your stories!

 

Oct 22, 2014
emilyharrup

Preferential parking for Colchester car sharers

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LoveurCarColchester has just launched their latest project to encourage car sharing into the town centre

Starting this month, you can benefit from dedicated car sharing bays in preferential locations in five town centre car parks. These are in St. Marys, St. Johns, Priory Street, Britannia and Vineyard Street car parks.

You can’t miss the colourful bays, as they are painted green with a red outline. They will soon also have a heart with 2+ in the middle! There are also signs near the bays explaining what they are all about and they are all located close to the entrance of each car park.

As you know, car sharing is a great way to save fuel, reduce congestion and drive in a greener way.

All you need to do to sign up to use the bays is to go to our LUC Car Share Permit page, fill in the form, and we will post you a FREE permit. It’s all very straightforward, so take advantage of this scheme and start car sharing today!

You will still need to pay normal parking fees or display your season ticket, but remember you could be sharing your parking and fuel costs with your car share partner/s. For tips on setting up a car share check out the LoveurCarColchester website.

Sep 24, 2014
emilyharrup

National Lift Share Week 6-10 October

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The 6 – 10 October is National Lift share week and a great opportunity to promote car sharing.

There are lots of good reasons to promote car sharing to your organisation including reducing pressure on your car parks, and relieving local traffic congestion.

There are plenty of benefits for those that choose to car share including the opportunity to save money on fuel and parking costs, reducing the stress of driving in and finding a parking space more easily.

Here are a few ideas for how you could promote Lift share week to your colleagues.

FAXI –   We have purchased 10 groups for this new map based social network that allows you to identify journey sharing partners by seeing on a map who lives nearby or en route to one specific destination or workplace. You can then message them without giving away personal information. There is an apple and android ap to go with it. If you want to take advantage of one of our groups, get in touch to find out more. 

Essex Car Share –  If you don’t want your own workplace group you could promote ECC’s lift share matching site and encourage your colleagues to sign up.

Loveurcarcolchester –  Share our quirky film featuring Baz and Purdy’s journey to regular car sharing to illustrate the benefits of car sharing in a different way. The web page also includes advice about car sharing on subjects such as insurance and charging.

If you have dedicated car share bays, now’s the time to remind everyone of your car sharing scheme and the benefits.

If you don’t have any dedicated car share bays, could you introduce some during Lift share week?

On the promotional side, what about holding a post code coffee and cake morning where members of staff who would like to car share can meet up and see if anyone else is living near them and could share lifts?

Or could you hold some sort of competition/prize draw for everyone who tries a car share journey during lift share week?

Email travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk if you want to discuss ideas or have help with your plans. Please let us know how your promotions go so we can post about it!

Sep 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Standing Together Walk 27 September

The Safer Colchester Partnership has organised a community walk on the 27th September to reclaim the pathway of the two recent murder scenes in Colchester.  The walk will take a route from one murder scene to the other in remembrance and to demonstrate the local community Standing Together. This is the route where you can see where the walk will start and finish along with various check points on route.

This is an open invitation for anyone to join the walk on the 27th September. So please feel free to pass it on to colleagues, friends and family members who you feel would like to join the walk.

If you need further information please contact Joanne Wood, Community Initiatives Project Assistant, Colchester Borough Council & Safer Colchester Partnership. Tel No: 01206 506943 joanne.wood@colchester.gov.uk

 

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!

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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.

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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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Aug 28, 2014
emilyharrup

4 September Cycle to Work day

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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

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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.

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