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May & June 2017 news

Just a brief newsletter this month as we have just had news of our funding and need to sit down and work out our summer plans! Funding is limited this year so if anyone was some spare time to volunteer with us please get in touch!

To celebrate National Bike Week, the Colchester Travel Plan Club is running a Colchester Cycle Challenge between the 10th and 25th June. The challenge is open to any Colchester workplace and is free to take part. Use the challenge as an opportunity to encourage your colleagues to try the cycle to work or to cycle at the weekend.

Happy Handlebars will be at the Young Children’s Festival on the 17th June with all sorts of bikes to try out and help and advice on hand to help families cycle more.

Andy and his team at ATW Cycles are offering three led rides from their shop on the Seedbed Centre on Severalls Business Park every Saturday. Rides include a relaxing countryside ramble, a ladies only ride and a faster ride.

Reminders of the Bike Kitchens opening times and Re-Cycle’s bike sale.





The Colchester Cycle Challenge taking place between the 10th and 25th June is a free, fun, online challenge where you can log your cycle rides and compete against fellow cyclists and other organisations for a place on the leaderboard. Rides can be logged retrospectively up until the last day of the challenge, so it isn’t too late to start taking part next week!

It is easy to sign up and you can download an app to help log your rides.

Visit the Colchester Travel Plan Club website for more information and some ideas for encouraging people back onto a bike.

Young Children’s Festival - Happy Handlebars, a new project to encourage everyone in Essex to discover the pleasure of cycling has a range of bikes for people to try and will be at the Young Children’s Festival on the 17th June. Keep an eye on the Happy Handlebars website for future activities.

The Young Children’s Festival takes place in Upper Castle Park, 11am – 4pm and is FREE. Find out more via the Young Children’s Festival facebook page.

ATW Cycles Saturday bike rides – ATW Cycle Repairs will be hosting three bike rides every Saturday.

These are friendly rides for anyone who would like to join them, all they ask is for a quick signature on a disclaimer, which will just say that riders will be responsible for their own wellbeing etc. Of course they will be happy to help with punctures along the way!

They leave as a group and arrive as a group so no one will be left behind.

The 1st group go for a countryside ramble starting at 10am for approximately 2 hours and cycling at an average speed of 10-12mph.

The 2nd group is a LADIES ONLY ride led by Alex, leaving at 1pm for an approximately 1 hour ride.

The 3rd group is led by Andy, leaving at 2pm for a roughly 20 mile cycle ride at an average of 18-20mph.

Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens - Just a reminder of opening times.

Colchester Bike Kitchen is now opening on alternate Wednesdays at 6:30pm in addition to the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 1pm to 4pm at 15 Queen Street. Check their Facebook page for more detail and to sign up for regular updates.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen continues to open Mondays 7pm to 9pm and Saturdays 2pm to 4pm for people to drop in and get help to fix their bikes. Find them at the corner of The Folly and St John’s Road on the Cook’s Shipyard estate. Nearest postcode CO7 9DR. Follow their Facebook page.

Re-cycle’s next big Bike Sale is the 24th June.


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This month we talk to Dan Gascoyne, who’s recently joined Colchester Borough Council as Assistant Director, Policy & Corporate. Whilst he’s not an obsessive cyclist, bikes have always been part of his life, as the best way to get around. More

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