It has been pretty cold recently for cycling, so local cycling events on the ground are pretty scarce, however there is still plenty of news on the cycling front!
With the move of the Colchester Bike Kitchen (CBK) to new premises at 15 Queen Street, this month we talk to Stuart Welham, one of CBK’s founding members, about what motivated him to get involved in setting up CBK.
Combine your love of bikes and art and visit the ‘24 Snapshots of Bikes’ International Photography Exhibition at the Octagon Gallery in Middleborough open until the 31 March.
Still considering new ideas for 2017, could you join Team Re-cycle and help send more bikes to Africa? There are lots of different opportunities to help.
We are still looking for children’s bikes for the Syrian refugee children that are living in Colchester. A variety of bikes for different aged children are needed, so if you have a spare child’s bike please contact us.
Looking forward to the Spring? Consider ‘Ride for Helen’ on the 7 May, a family fund raiser to raise money for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity starting from Hatfield Peverel.
Have you spotted the unusual and colourful new bike parking in Culver Square and Lion Walk?
For anyone with respiratory or heart related health issues, we remind you of the local free airTEXT service that gives alerts when local pollution levels are elevated.
If you have a great idea for encouraging people to be more physically active, there are small grants available from CBC to community groups, organisations and small businesses.
Cycle Colchester’s Pam Nelson is cycling London to Paris to raise funds for St Helena Hospice this September, could you sponsor her?
‘24 Snapshots of Bikes’ International Photography Exhibition
For anyone interested in art and photography, the ‘24 snapshots of Bikes’ International photography exhibition is on at The Octagon Gallery in Middleborough, Colchester, CO1 1TG until 31 March 2017 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
The photographs come from an annual competition arranged in San Vito Dei Normanni in Italy titled 'The Bicycle and Mankind' and details can be found on the Tiptree community website (it is twinned with a neighbouring village to San Vito in Italy).
If you are interested in entering next year’s competition, the timescales are tight, entries may be submitted electronically by email or sent by CD by 24th February 2017. Here is more about the competition and entry rules
Could you join Team Re-Cycle in 2017?
Re-cycle are looking for people to join Team Re~Cycle in 2017. It’s a great chance to challenge yourself, have fun and help Re-Cycle to send more bikes to their partners across Africa. Whether you need a February boost to your new year goals, or simply want an excuse to spend more time doing the things you love with friends or family, Re-Cycle have got something for everyone.
Bikes for the Syrian Refugee Children welcomed to Colchester
The Syrian children in Colchester are very keen to cycle. If you have a child’s bike that you don’t need please contact us with details to see if we can match it up with one of the Syrian children!
HRCC Ride for Helen 2017 – 7 May, 2017
If the cold is stopping you thinking about long bike rides, here is one to look forward to in the spring. Sign up for the Ride for Helen, raising money for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Starting at The Crix, Hatfield Peverel, Essex, the family friendly ride offers four picturesque routes; 6 miles, 15 miles, 35 miles, or for the bravest of cyclists, 65 miles. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in as individuals or as a team, and families can enjoy two FREE child places for every paying adult on the 6 mile route.
Find our more and sign up to take part at www.rideforhelen.org.uk
Lion Walk and Culver Square bike parking
You can now park your bike right in the heart of the town shopping centres. You may have spotted the colourful and interesting new bike parking that has been in place in Culver Square for some months and more recently in Lion Walk. Both shopping centres were keen to introduce bike parking but wanted something that was a bit different.
The colourful Bike Clouds have been designed to provide multiple easily accessible locking points. They are also ecologically designed with the base being formed from a cut-out of its main body to minimise waste.
They have been installed with funding from ECC and as part of Culver Square and Lion Walk’s commitment to promote sustainable travel into the town centre. Look out for their future campaigns to encourage cycling and for Lion Walk’s infographic promoting sustainable travel into the town centre which can be found in WH Smith’s window in Red Lion Yard.
If you or someone you know suffers from respiratory or heart problems, just a reminder of the AirText service that will send you alerts when pollution levels are elevated in Colchester.
People with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease and angina are more at risk from high levels of air pollution. There are simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of any impacts. These include taking your inhaler or angina spray with you, take extra doses if symptoms worsen, and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity on polluted days. If you care for or are a parent of someone with these symptoms, advance warning of elevated pollution levels from airTEXT may help you look after them better.
This free of charge service offers alerts to your smart phone, home phone, or by text or email.
If you download the app you can also get a daily update on UV levels, pollen count and temperature as well as air pollution.
Sign up to airTEXT by:
Downloading the airTEXT app to your smart phone
Texting AIRTEXT to 78070*
Visiting the website www.airtext.info
*You will be charged at your standard text rate
CBC Small Grants for community initiatives to promote physical activity,
If you have a community project in mind which would help increase physical activity, you could apply for a small grant up to £1000 maximum. Voluntary and community organisations, and small businesses can apply for this funding which also covers the following aims:
- Increasing physical activity (or improving other lifestyle behaviours)
- Supporting vulnerable people
- Reducing health inequalities
If you would like to know more email email@example.com
Cycle Colchester Pam’s London – Paris fundraiser for St Helena Hospice
Finally Cycle Colchester’s Pam Nelson is cycling London – Paris (300 Miles) in September to support local charity St Helena Hospice.
If you want to support her, please make a donation on her Virgin Money Giving 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.'