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September 2018 news


LOCAL NEWS – Not so much local news this month, contributors must have been out enjoying bike rides during our glorious summer (remember it?)!

We talk to Dan Gascoyne who has recently joined Colchester Borough Council as Assistant Director, Policy & Corporate and who cycles to work every day.

There’s a new film about our Bike Kitchens, plus a new wheel building course (Wivenhoe) and a new workshop membership scheme (Colchester).

Colchester Borough Council celebrated Cycle To Work Day. 

Globe G Sports is having an end of season sale, and Re-Cycle is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

NATIONAL NEWS – By contrast there are some big national news stories about cyclists’ safety.

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has launched two campaigns – cycle awareness training for driving instructors, and a national roll-out of the West Midlands Police close pass campaign.

If you want to make your voice heard, you can write to your MP, or be part of the Pedal on Parliament procession to Westminster.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Watch Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen's new film about the wonderfulness of bike kitchens - made thanks to funding from Essex County Council. And if you’re interested in learning how to build wheels, they’ll be running a course or more over the coming year, so please get in touch for details - bicyclewiv@gmail.com. WBK opens all year round EVERY Monday 7pm to 9pm and Saturday 2pm to 4pm when you can drop by for help to look after your bike. This year that includes Christmas and New Year’s Eve. They’re just off St John's Rd in lower Wivenhoe - next to the fishing boat dock on the Shipyards estate.

Colchester Bike Kitchen

The workshop is getting pretty busy these days at the four regular sessions each month, so if you just need to use the tools you can now get unlimited access to the workshop whenever it’s open - plus 24 hour advance notice of classes and events, a membership card and (most importantly) that warm fuzzy feeling inside that you’re helping a good cause! It costs just £5 a month, or for £10 you get all the above PLUS a 10% discount on purchases made at CBK. Follow the link above for more details or email hello@colchesterbikekitchen.org.uk, and for regular opening times see the Facebook page.

Cycle To Work Day

CBC’s office at Rowan House hosted a Cycle To Work Day event on 15 August, and invited the neighbours too – Colchester Borough Homes and Birkett Long. Support and advice services on site included Dr Bike checks (Andy Woolf from ATW Cycles), cycle security (PC Rosanna Walker) and health and wellbeing (LiveWell Colchester). If you work for a Colchester employer, let us know if they’d like some ideas for running an event like this.

Globe G Sports end of season sale

Globe G are having an end of season sale with 25% off all their Marin range (2018) in store and on line.

Re-Cycle 20th anniversary

Re-Cycle has sent nearly 100,000 bikes to 15 of the poorest countries in Africa in the last 20 years. Each bike sent is (on average) used by 6 people in its lifetime, meaning Re-Cycle has touched the lives of almost 600,000 people.

Claire Kettle, Re-Cycle’s Operations Manager, says: “It’s not easy to get the containers out to our partners in Africa but we have done some amazing work over the last 20 years – not just sending bikes but also building workshops and providing bicycle maintenance training in Africa too. There is still a massive need for sustainable transport in places like Ghana and Gambia, so please think about donating your disused bike to Re-Cycle this summer. Many people in Africa still have no access to transport of any kind and people spend hours each day walking to collect water or to get to school or employment. A bike makes such a big difference.”

To donate a bike to Re-Cycle, go to their website to find your nearest drop-off point or visit their warehouse at Unit 8, The Grove Estate, Wormingford, Colchester, CO6 3AJ.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

UK driving instructors to receive bespoke cycle awareness training

Driving instructors will be offered bespoke training to ensure cyclists’ safety is at the forefront of their minds when they teach new drivers, in a pilot initiative launched last month by Cycling Minister Jesse Norman.

Alongside this training – backed by up to half a million pounds of funding – the government is also launching a new UK-wide initiative to help the police crackdown on the dangerous practice of ‘close passing’, which leads to accidents and puts people off cycling. This will include providing training materials and support for police forces so more drivers are made aware of the need to leave safe distances when overtaking cyclists.

New plans to update road safety laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians

 

Jesse Norman has also launched a consultation to look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for dangerous cyclists. It’s caused a bit of a storm in the media, see Chris Boardman in The Independent. The consultation closes on 5 November, and rather than protecting cyclists and pedestrians, it is specifically about a new offence of causing death or serious injury when cycling.

You can write to your MP using Cycling UK’s new road justice campaign template. Within the first few days of launching over 7,000 people had supported the call to ask that cycling offences are not looked at in isolation, but as part of a wider review on all road traffic offences.

The first ever Pedal on UK Parliament!

Pedal On Parliament has been an annual even in Edinburgh for seven years, and is coming to London for the first time on Saturday 13 October. Organised by the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign, it’s a national cycling and walking protest against the Government and Parliament prior to Autumn Budget, assembling at Lincoln’s Inn Fields at 12 noon for a procession to Parliament Square. The protest is to condemn all existing and previous governments from all the major parties for their failure to take comprehensive action on safer cycling.

The protest calls for £3 billion/ year to be invested in a national protected cycling network and an end to and reversal of the annual tax cuts for toxic diesel/petrol which is killing tens of thousands of people who walk or cycle every year, disabling hundreds of thousands and damaging our kids’ lungs for life.

We have in the UK among the lowest levels of European cycling investment and the highest levels of childhood obesity. We need urgent action to address the UK’s obesity, climate and pollution emergencies. Investment in cycling is one of THE best ways to tackle all three.

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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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