How quickly the evenings are drawing in! This year it has taken us a bit by surprise, perhaps because September was so warm and it is only now beginning to feel autumnal.
Our October local cyclist is James Alden, who tells us how he has recently learnt to ride, with the help of the Bikeability sessions we offer in the school holidays.
Following the autumnal theme, this month we share a few reminders to help you prepare for cycling in the dark.
If you are usually a fair weather cyclist but fancy seeing if you can cycle all year around this year, we also share tips on how to prepare for cycling in the cold weather.
October the 2nd saw the last event we will attend in 2016. It was great to see so many riders at the St Helena Hospice charity bike ride and the kids painted some fantastic flags made by the helpful Repair and Wear workshop.
If you study or work at the University of Essex we are offering Wednesday afternoon rides throughout October to highlight local routes, boost confidence and at the end of the month, cover riding in the dark and cold weather with our ‘See Me' sessions.
A recent email exchange reminded us of a scheme available to local organisations and community groups to get some free bike parking that we thought we should share. (Sorry but we have just been notified this scheme has recently ended - we are trying to find out more)
Re-Cycle are holding their next Saturday bike sale on the 29 October between 9am and 1pm. However they are also open for bike sales Monday to Friday 8:30aam – 4:30pm.
Have you ever heard of a Bike Jumble? Hosted by ColVelo, the Colchester Bike Jumble will take place at The Waiting Room on the 6 November 9 – 3pm.
Cycling in the dark and in winter
If you are going to be cycling in the dark or over the winter this year, Sustrans provide a handy check list of cycling gear and accessories you might need, what hazards you need to look out for over the winter months, and how to keep your bike in good shape.
Read Sustrans handy guide to cycling in the winter.
Repair and Wear
As a thank you to Krista from Repair and Wear who kindly ran us up lots of flags for the kids to paint at St Helena Hospice's charity bike ride we said we would give a plug for her weekly workshop. If you would like to learn how to revamp, repair or create with fabric, come along to her weekly workshop on Thursdays at the Waiting Room between 10pm and 12 noon. You just need to bring fabric; and sewing equipment and advice will be provided! Find out more on facebook
University cycle rides
If you work or study at the University, check out our Wednesday afternoon bike rides to help employees and students cycle more safely and confidently. The rides are free but need to be booked. Find out more on the Colchester Travel Plan Club website.
Free cycle parking (no longer available - we are trying to find out more)
If you are a community group or small business that would like some bike parking, check out ParkThatBike a cycle parking project that works with local authorities to provide free bike parking. As well as providing a range of bike parking options, they also provide advice on the most ideal and prominent location to place the parking.
6 November - ColVelo Bike Jumble
A bike jumble is just that; a jumble sale for everything bicycle related. New and vintage bicycle parts, spares, frames, clothing and everything else. Buy, swap, barter. Stalls cost £5 per pitch and there is a £1 entry fee per person for buyers. Find out more on the Bike Jumble facebook events page.
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Read Wolf's insirational story about how cycling has transformed his mobility. Find out about the e-bikes he has built, his campaigning for better cycle links particularly between towns and his lobbying for ebikes to be recognised as a mobility aid. 'Getting the bus is causing me big problems, but cycling is good. Going to work by bus I’m sitting down for an hour and a half and I’d have to take painkillers before going to work, but not when I’m cycling.'