Dec 3, 2013
emilyharrup

NQE Business Awards Winners

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The Friday just gone we were up at Charter Hall attending the NQE Business Awards- it was an evening celebrating success and great businesses that everyone enjoyed thoroughly.

As judges of the Environmental Awareness category, we were particularly proud to announce our three very worthy winners:

  •   In the small and medium company category Partnership Events and Tollgate Clinic have impressed us with their dedication and relentless efforts to make a positive contribution to the environment
  •    In the large company category Colchester 6th Form College won the prize this year! Their judge was Simon from Zero Above since the Travel Plan Club team was already well aware of their brilliant work as a member of CTPC and wanted to remain impartial.

We would like to say congratulations to all the winners and very well done! Also, we recognize the hard work of all the finalists and feel honoured they entered our category- it was a real pleasure to meet everybody!

A full blog on the subject will be on the website soon- with pictures as well- so make sure to come back and read it.

Nov 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Public consultation for local bus services

Essex County Council (ECC) is currently holding a public consultation on the bus services they provide. Although these represent only about 15% of the total routes, it is important that you get involved and have your say.

What the consultation aims to do is get the public’s views on the services they run- which ones are the most important to you and why? This comes as the result of a need to reduce the expenditure and focus it in areas where it’s truly needed.

If you would like to read further on this and to contribute with your opinion, follow the link below (please note the consultation ends 9th December 2013):

ECC Bus Review

Nov 27, 2013
emilyharrup

NQE Business Awards 2013

We are excited to announce that we are judging one of the categories for the Colchester Business Awards 2013:  this year is the Environmental Awareness one.

We have joined forces with Zero Above and Essex County Council (ECC) and together have interviewed a total of nine finalists. For me, it was a great pleasure to meet all the candidates and I am sure my colleagues felt the same- it is just amazing to see the effort and dedication put in by everyone.

It is even more impressive what has been achieved considering the nature of the category we are judging- environmental awareness can sometimes come second place in the face of other factors. So I think our finalists set a great example that everyone should stop for a second and have a look at.

If it was for me, I would have given everyone an award! But it is a competition and so we had to make a decision in the end. It probably all sounds very cryptic as the winners will be announced on the evening of the awards- 29th November at the Charter Hall. Until then, we’ll keep the secret! I promise to come back and write an update after the event though for those of you who are curious to know more…

Oct 28, 2013
emilyharrup

Pamper time with 2013 survey

View of the Balkerne restaurant

It’s that time of the year again, when Travel Plan Club members are sending out their annual travel surveys as part of their efforts to retain or improve on their current Essex County Council Business Travel Plan accreditation.

Colchester Borough Council, DSG, Colchester Institute, Colchester 6th Form, The Gilberd and CHUFT all have surveys out at the moment.

Levels of survey response is one of the key criteria for gaining accreditation, along with the number of travel plan measures in place and progress with those measures.

All our accredited members need to gain at least a 25% response rate to retain or move up to Bronze, or 50% response rate to achieve or retain gold.

As always we offer incentives to encourage colleagues to participate.

Thanks this year go to Colchester Institute for donating many prizes to help our members up their number of responses. A meal for two, a £15 hair dressing voucher and a £15 beauty voucher are all up for grabs at CBC, Colchester 6th form and CHUFT.

Colchester Institute’s contemporary restaurants offers delicious menus at very reasonable prices. Check out their menu here. Pamper yourself without breaking the bank and support a student at the same time.  Colchester Institute offers great value on a wide range of beauty treatments and hair dressing services. See what you can get for £15 at Colchester Hair and Colchester Beauty.


Oct 9, 2013
emilyharrup

70p a litre to drive to work!

Car share billboard 2 low resIt is National Liftshare week.  Sharing your journey to work is a great sociable and cost effective way to reduce the cost of your commute while contributing to reducing traffic congestion. Many Travel Plan Club members also offer dedicated parking bays for car sharers too.

Loveurcarcolchester is celebrating lift sharing throughout October!

There are twenty £15 iTune vouchers up for grabs. Try a car share trip and tell Loveurcarcolchester how it went and how much you saved and you could be a winner!

So talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbours and see if you can find someone to try a car share trip to work with. If you are happy to look online visit www.essex.liftshare.com

Sep 24, 2013
emilyharrup

Are you a Supermodal?

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WE CAN ALL BE SUPERMODALS…!

Do you sometimes take the bus to work, walk to the shops, cycle to visit friends? If so, you’re a Supermodal!

A new promotion running throughout October is looking for the UK’s Supermodals! Two lucky winners will win a trip for two to Amsterdam.

Are you 18 to 35 and part of a growing trend of people who give the car a break and choose different modes of transport? Are you someone who likes the flexibility of being able to travel your way, in your style?

Let’s get behind this promotion and show them how many Supermodals we have in Colchester!

To take part, you need to upload a picture of you on your supermodal journey. Supermodal partners want to show off the benefits people get when they opt not to use the car. Tell them why you choose to be a supermodal so they can share the joy with others.

Once you have uploaded your story and photo, make sure you ask your family and friends to vote for you! Use your social media accounts to encourage people to vote – don’t forget to use the hashtag #supermodals and your messages will be shared. The entries with the most votes at the end of the competition will be submitted to a jury which will select two winners. You can find further information on the competition rules here and in the FAQs.

Let us know when you post your photo up and we will vote for you and encourage other CTPC members to as well!

Jul 15, 2013
emilyharrup

Treasure to be found in High Woods County Park

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On July 31st, 10:30am outside High Woods Visitor Centre, Cycle Colchester will be revealing a closely guarded secret, the fact it is in the possession of a treasure map. This map along with a series of questions leads to the location of a hidden roman treasure.

Cycle Colchester has been working hard to produce a Roman themed treasure trail that can be walked or cycled and highlights the ease at which High Woods County Park can be accessed and explored by bicycle.

In partnership with CTC the trail is being launched as part of Love Parks Week at High Woods County Park on the 31st of July. The event is free to take part in and everyone is welcomed to come and join in, treasure map packs will be handed out from 10:30 am till 2pm. As there is a physical treasure at the end of the trail containing a variety of goodies, the quicker you find it the more treasure you are able to choose from. We ask that treasure seekers feel free to take a reward from the treasure, but why not also add to it, by putting something back into the treasure it will ensure that it will be there for treasure seekers to find for years to come.

In addition to the treasure trail, Richard Monk from CTC will be leading lead rides around the park, the first starting at 11:30, and will also be offering free cycle hire for the day in order for you to enjoy both or either activity. Cycle Colchester will also be on hand giving out general cycle advice to get you on your bike this summer.

More information can be found at http://bit.ly/CCTreasure

Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

Bike Fashion Show!

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We worked in partnership with Culver Square to launch our first ever Bike Fashion Show, proving the point that you can party, work or play by bike and look fabulous at the same time!

Thanks to Alter Ego for styling all our models hair, and Chapeau and Colchester Cycle Stores for lending lots of fantastic bikes.  Clothes showcasing casual, party, street and vintage looks were from Gap, Monsoon, Attitude, and local independents Dress Again, Revolver and Ambiance. Finally thanks to all the models who volunteered their time and to Culver Square for letting the event happen!

For more photos go to Culver Square’s Facebook page

 

 

Jun 24, 2013
emilyharrup

DSG’s ‘Poodle to the Park’

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Bike Week update from DSG’s Neil Allen

To celebrate Bike Week and the start of the summer Colchester WKSP`s first ride of the year was the “Poodle to the Park” a gentle meander along the cycles routes with an ice cream stop by the boating lake. A clash with school sports day robbed them of the company of a number of colleagues, this generated a general chorus of bogus sympathy as their ice creams were shared out.

Please send in your Bike Week update!

Jun 13, 2013
emilyharrup

Get on your Bike! 15 – 23 June

front page leaflet2It’s Bike Week next week and we have been busy working away with Cycle Colchester to produce a brilliant new leaflet highlighting all the regular cycle rides, cycle clubs and cycling activities for all levels, that go on locally. Print out your copy HERE or contact us for hard copies for your organisation.

Colchester Cycle Champions will be launching Bike Week at the Young Children’s Festival in Castle Park on 15  June. Dr Bike will be there offering FREE bike checks.

Several of our members have already got events and competitions planned to make this Bike Week a week to remember.

CBC is holding a cycle challenge throughout Bike Week.  Participants will receive a free bike computer to log their rides and compete with colleagues.  Also on the 13 of June CBC are hosting a ‘Come Spin With Me’ challenge for staff to see who can create the loveliest, most tastiest and smoothest smoothie!

Re-cycle at North Colchester Business Park are offering free bike MOT’s on the 18 and 20  June. Drop your bike in between 08:30 and 14:00 for a free health check and pick up our new leaflet and other useful info re cycling.

Mini Bike Festivals are being hosted by Colchester Institute on the 18 June and by CHUFT at Colchester General Hospital on the 21 June and at Essex County Hospital on the 25 June.

Both events will feature the highly popular Pulp Friction and Dr Bike so you can have a smoothie while your bike has a free MOT.

The University of Essex will be running Cycle Sleuth, offering Cycle Watch (bike security tagging) and Bike Maintenance, plus a Cyclist’s breakfast!

We have also worked in partnership with Culver Square to organise an ECOmmunity event on the 22 June. Loveurcarcolchester and Cycle Colchester will join over ten other stall holders promoting  sustainable lifestyles.

Plus the event will host a bike fashion show showcasing vintage, street, party and business/school looks from local retailers, showing how fabulous you can look on a bike at high street prices.

For more details about the Culver Square event, click here!

The local cycling community also have lots to offer this June, find out more here!

So there is lots to keep you all busy this bike week. If you have any questions about events mentioned or are hosting an event and want to let us know about, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you ASAP

 

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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