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Despite the warmer than usual weather, it is definitely feeling autumnal and the nights are drawing in at a rapid pace. But this doesn't mean you need to put your bike into hibernation. With a bit of careful planning and the right equipment you can continue to cycle safely throughout the winter months. Here are some tips on safe riding in the winter
This month we highlight Bike Wise, a local campaign to raise awareness of cycle security, the national Space for Cycling campaign, update you on Chapeau's reopening and rebranding as Velo! and let you know what CTC Cycle Champions are offering this month and next. Plus you could win a bike with Active Essex!
Events both one off and regular can be viewed to the left, and this month's local cyclist in the hot saddle is local GP Dr Laurel Spooner, read more on the right.
Bike Wise, a local campaign to raise awareness of cycle security launched on the 3 November. It encourages cyclists to make sure they lock their bikes properly, whether popping into the shops, working or studying in the town centre. Experts tell us that most bike thefts are made by opportunist thieves, targeting unlocked bikes to sell as scrap.
As part of the Bike Wise campaign both Council and Police will be carrying out work and activity to provide advice to cyclists in order to increase awareness of locking cycles securely. Further advice on locking your cycle securely can be found by clicking this link.
The national Space for Cycling campaign continues. Geared towards creating a safe sustainable cycling environment where anyone can cycle anywhere, the campaign has asked for the Government to commit to £10 per person per year rising progressively to £20, in order to meet German levels of cycling by 2025 and Dutch levels of cycling by 2050.
Local councillors are being called on to pledge their support. If you would like to see your local councillor on the map, it only takes a couple of clicks to encourage them to support the campaign via Make Space for Cycling
Velo! formerly Chapeau has now reopened, with extended opening hours:
They are now offering weekly rides for those who like a faster pace, find out more on Strava or check out their facebook page for regular Alleycats and other events. Why not pop into the shop for a coffee and a chat to find out more.
If you want to get in contact or subscribe for their monthly newsletter email email@example.com
CTC Colchester Cycle Champions welcomes well known local cyclist Ben Paton who has recently joined the CTC Essex project to support the formation of 10 Community Cycle Clubs in Colchester and around north Essex.
Ben has competed at a high level and more recently supported and delivered much of the local bike maintenance training CTC has run over recent years. He also, in his spare time, organises the annual Amis Velo cyclo-cross races at Hilly Fields.
Win a bike with Active Essex! Take a picture of you taking part in sport or physical activity, upload to twitter with #getactiveessex and mention @activeessex and you could win a bike! See Active Essex for details. Closing date is 4 December 2014.
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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.'