Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Essex Green Transport Conference

Would you like to find out what Essex County Council is doing to support Sustainable Travel and Electric Vehicles in Essex?

Would you like to learn how your community and business can work with the county council to reduce transport carbon emissions?

Would you like to test drive an electric vehicle and see the latest charging technology?

Then you are invited to the Essex Green Transport Conference on 20 May at the Essex Records Office from 09:30

Here are the full details of the day and how to register to attend.

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Jane’s Walk Weekend

At the beginning of National Walking Month, another great and International celebration takes place with Colchester participating in Jane’s Walk Weekend  for the 4th year running.

Join members of the local community for an array of  fascinating, informative and entertaining walks between the 2nd and 5th May and find out more about Colchester’s urban and green areas.

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Walk themes include:

Colchester’s military history

The secrets of New Town

The theatres and lost theatres of Colchester

All trees great and small

Tales from Campus

Sunday in Friday Woods

On the street where I live

No Ball games here please!

Download a poster for your workplace here!

Find out more about Jane’s Walk weekend and the details of Colchester’s walks

Have a great weekend!

Apr 30, 2014
emilyharrup

Well Being in the East event

An exciting and interactive Wellbeing event is coming to Castle Park on Saturday 17 May.

We will be there with a big Cycle Colchester presence including:

Wellbeing event

 

Free Dr Bike MOT’s

Quality second hand bikes for sale from Re-Cycle

All types of bikes to try out for adults and kids

Guidance and advice on all things cycling
Kids activity tent

 

Download a poster to put up at your workplace here.

Apr 29, 2014
emilyharrup

Colchester Institute’s ‘Bee Green’ Day

Everyone’s invited to Colchester Institute’s ‘Bee Green’ day! We will be there promoting cycling and sustainable travel – come and join us!

Be Green day

 

Sustainable travel highlights include:

  • Dr Bike MOT
  • Pedal powered smoothies
  • Green vehicles and fuel efficient driving
  • Launch of CI’s walking meetings

 

Download a poster to put up at your workplace here!

 

 

 

Mar 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Walk the Talk

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We are very excited about Walk the Talk, our latest project to encourage getting out at lunchtime to walk and enjoy some fresh air and activity.

It’s also about encouraging people our of their cars and to walk instead of drive for short journeys.

We have worked in partnership with Vacuumatic, based in Brunel Way and Green Square Communications based on Severalls Lane to bring alive this local business community project.

Walk the Talk offers twelve different local walking routes, to help colleagues working on the business parks take steps in the right direction to improve their health, whether they have fifteen or forty minutes to spare.

Walk the Talk launches across North Colchester Business Parks in May with a social media campaign, competitions and prizes.

What we now looking for are North Colchester business supporters to help fund the rest of the project.

Become a Walk the Talk supporter and we can offer you:

  • Your logo on a print run of up to 5000 maps
  • Your logo on our walkthetalk.today website with hyperlink to your homepage
  • WalkTheTalk supporter certifi cate to display at your workplace
  • Exposure via Facebook and Twitter media campaign
  • -nvitation to supporters’ debrief networking session in June 2014

To be a supporter and benefit from the above, all we ask is for a contribution of between £100 and £200. Alternatively, perhaps you could offer a prize for our competitions and receive in return social media coverage and an invite to our networking session in June 2014.

If you can contribute to this project, please email hello@walkthetalk.today by the 7th April 2014.

Whether you can support or not, please do join in.  Check out the routes, then join us on facebook and twitter to find out more!

Feb 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Can you change one thing…?

New year 2014 billboard 2

LoveurcarColchester appeals to drivers to change one thing about how they drive.

Can you make a change?

The LoveurcarColchester website has lots of hints and tips to green up your driving as well as reduce your fuel bill.  Purdy, Baz and Bob regularly blog about issues of interest to drivers. You can subscribe for blog alerts HERE.

Feb 19, 2014
emilyharrup

Bus users survey results

Bus clip art

It’s taken us a while, but at last we can give you feedback on the bus users survey we undertook back in May 2013.

We had a great response of 882, so thanks to the Uni, 6th form college, Colchester Institute and Colchester Borough Council for taking part.

There was lots of positive feedback with the majority of users being satisfied with the connections of the buses with other local public transport, ease of access of amenities, appearance and greeting/welcome from bus drivers, ease of getting on and off buses, number display etc.
However there were a number of issues highlighted.

The two main issues identified were:

  • Punctuality  – 57% were not satisfied with the punctuality of their bus, however sighted traffic congestion (48%) as the main factor causing the bus to be late
  • Timetable provision – issues of missing/out of date/discrepancies between online and hard copy versions/electronic displays not working and overwhelmingly, 56% said they found it difficult or very difficult to actually navigate the timetables

Other key issues were:

  • Lack of late running services – particularly those buses mainly serving student population
  • Cleanliness of interiors
  • Helpfulness, politeness and friendliness of drivers
  • Seating and shelter at bus stops both in and outside the town centre

Traffic congestion is an ongoing issue,  and a main reason for encouraging more people to use the bus, but it’s a chicken and egg situation, as at the same time it is also a barrier to getting people on the bus in the first place.

We appreciate things may have moved on since we did the survey.  For example ECC are currently working on a project taking over responsibility for all timetables at bus stops.

So we are also in contact with Colchester Bus Users Group (C-Bus) to get their view on the timetable issue as they have been auditing the new timetables that have been going up.

As the majority of feedback was about First buses, we are going to share the results with them and talk to them about the key issues raised.  We have already shared Network Colchester’s results with them.

We will get an update on the telematic screens, plus find out what the policy is from ECC re bus stop facilities.

Overall the survey provided us with lots of useful information that we can use in our efforts to promote bus use so thanks very much to everyone who contributed and apologies for the time taken to feed back the results.

 Here is a summary of the results

 

Feb 3, 2014
emilyharrup

Are you a Super Commuter?

supercommuter

Cyclescheme – who provide many of our members’ Cycle2Work schemes have launched a competition to find 12 Super Commuters, one for each region of the UK.

The winners will be set tasks throughout the year, ranging from a simple blog about your commute to reviewing the latest commuter gear, or talking about cycle commuting on your Facebook page.

There are lots of rewards along the way, freebies and kit from big name brands pus a staring role in a Cycle to Work day campaign later in the year.

 

First off, each Super Commuter will receive an Endua Luminite jacket, trousers, gloves and overshoes plus a RoadHawk helmet camera!

Would you like to share your experience of cycling and inspire others to make their commute by bike? Would you like to put Colchester on the Super Commuters map?

If you think you have what it takes to be Essex’s Super Commuter, check out the competition and put yourself forward!

Closing date is the 16th February 2014.

 

 

Jan 20, 2014
emilyharrup

Campaign for Better Transport initiative

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Campaign for Better Transport are looking for train users who would like to help them campaign against rising rail fares. You don’t have to go out protesting in the street- it’s just a matter of having a couple of photos taken near Chelmsford Train Station and answering some questions about how rising fares affect you.

The event will take place on Saturday 25th January around 10:30am. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please get in contact with Jess Fitch: jess.fitch@bettertransport.org.uk

Jan 7, 2014
emilyharrup

Get in Gear for the New Year with Loveurcar Colchester

New year 2014 billboard 1

2013 is now finished, but the Loveurcar campaign will continue to support you in the New Year to make a positive difference in your driving- and your funds!

During this last year they have kept busy with campaigns such as their original Flash Mob, ‘Don’t be an Idler’, ’70p a litre’ and to top it all, a Christmas competition with a £300 prize for one lucky winner! Bringing to life the lovable characters of Purdy, Baz and Bobnoxious-always ready to give you some advice- Loveurcar has been convincing drivers to be more thoughtful about how and when they drive. If you need a quick reminder of what you can do in order to save money, be greener and keep fit have a look at their blogs– you’re bound to find something that will prove useful.

For those of you that are still working on your New Year’s resolutions, the Loveurcar project is encouraging you to think about your driving habits and see if there’s anything you can improve. Why not give it a go and try some more eco-friendly alternatives of driving this year?

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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