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!’

Shrub End 2Shrub End 3IMAG0019Shrub End breakfast

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!

 

 

 

May 27, 2014
emilyharrup

Celebrating cycling this May

We have been at a couple of events this May promoting sustainable travel and particularly cycling.

Colchester Institute’s Bee Green day (8 May) was a success despite the fact it poured with rain all day! Over 60 staff and students pedaled themselves a smoothie!

Luckily the sun shone brightly for the Well Being event in Castle Park on the 17 May.  Led by CTC and supported by Cycle Colchester, Sustrans, Breeze and Re-Cycle we took up almost half the event with a huge try a bike area, information stand, Dr Bike and Re-cycle bike sales.

Wellbeing dad with trailer

Wellbeing small kidWellbeing Recycle

 

 

 

 

117 children  made themselves a Cycling, Walking or Scootering Champion id badge, and over 100 people took part in trying a bike. Lots of kids whizzed around on a range of bikes from balance bikes to our fun Circus Bike! We spoke to lots of adults about family cycling and they enjoyed trying out the trailers and child seats with their kids! Dr Bike aka Neil Allen, was busy all day doing free bike MOT’s and Recycle made £700 to help send more bikes to Africa through their bike sales. All in all it was a fun and successful day!

Wellbeing event kids activity

Wellbeing event Dr Bike

Bike friendly cities - Aba

May 1, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk launches today

Walk the Talk mapWalk the Talk our business community project launches today at North Colchester Business Park.

Working in partnership with Green Square Communications, Vacuumatic and Fisher Jones Greenwood and supported by numerous businesses on the park, our Walk the Talk guides have been distributed thoughout the area and our social media campaign starts today.

There will be competitions, challenges and prizes supplied by local businesses!

If you work on North Colchester Business Park please help us spread the word.

www.walkthetalk.today

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk to Work week 12-16 May

Discover where walking can take you this Walk to Work Week, 12-16 May…

Living Streets are running their annual free workplace walking challenge as a fun way to get some healthy competition going between you and your colleagues, and get you feeling all the benefits of walking more as part of the working day.

Everyone can take part as it isn’t just about walking to work, walking at lunch time and walking to meetings also counts.

walk to work week 2014It is easy to take part, just:

Log your walks to see how they all add up to burn calories and save CO2

View live workplace and team totalisers and leaderboards to spur you on

Count all your walking, whether it’s to work, at lunch or for a meeting

Get competitive with your colleagues and take part in individual and team activities

Raise money for your favourite charity

 

Take part and win an iPad

Everyone who creates a profile on the Walk to Work Week website will be entered into Living Street’s prize draw to win an iPad!  See terms and conditions.

Find out more on the Living Streets website

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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