Well it's been a while.....we are a bit behind on blogs due to maternity leave and illness, however fortunately this has coincided with the coldest months of the year when things are at their quietest in the local cycling calendar. We have had some lovely bright days during February, it feels like spring is in the air and with the better weather new cycling activities are in the pipeline in addition to all the regular rides.
However a blow to the cycling network is imminent with Essex County Council’s proposals to close the signalised pedestrian/cyclist crossing on Colne Bank Avenue. Read more below and find out how to voice your concerns.
In March’s newsletter find out what the Rovers are offering young riders keen to train in road racing. Get an update on Re-Cycle the charity that sends refurbished bikes to Africa and Velo! Coffee and Cycling and meet ColVelo, Colchester’s newest cycling club.
March sees The Big Pedal and Eco Race taking place in schools across Essex to promote active travel to school and reduce traffic around school roads between the 2nd – 20th March. If your school hasn’t taken part this time around in either the Eco race or Big Pedal find out more below.
If you haven’t ridden all winter and feel that your bike needs a health check or that you need a bit of support to get you back on your bike, Colchester Cycle Champions are here to help with regular gentle bike rides and some free Dr Bikes sessions in April.
Local charity CHAPS are offering free health checks for men on the 26 March.
Crossing removal - If you are not already aware, Essex County Council is proposing to remove the signalised controlled pedestrian and cyclist crossing on Colne Bank Avenue that links the cycle route from the Essex Hall Roundabout to the cycle route leading to Sheepen Road, Colchester Institute, St Helena’s school and Hilly Fields. They are proposing providing an alternative crossing point nearer the entrance to Sheepen Road off the Avenue of Remembrance. This removes the direct desire line for many cyclists going between north and the west side of the town who do not want to cycle on the road. Full details of the public notice can be found on the Essex County Council website For more information from the local cycling community see the Cycle Colchester facebook page. Although the deadline for feedback is Friday 6th March, if you feel strongly about this proposal, please still respond to Essex County Council at TrafficRegulation.Order@essex.gov.uk quoting reference TRAF/4741.
The Rovers are offering road race training for young advanced riders, over 10 years old on a Monday evening at Colchester stadium throughout March. If you are more of a beginner, join a training session at Prettygate School on Saturday mornings.
In addition to their regular weekend club riders, the Rovers have also introduced a midweek evening ride.
Keep an eye on the Rovers facebook pages for more information.
Re-Cycle who moved to Wormingford last year, will now be open on the last Saturday of the month from 09:00 – 13:00 for bike sales and dropping off your unwanted bikes. They will still be open Monday to Friday 9 to 16:00. In case you don’t have their new address it is:
Re-Cycle (Bikes to Africa)
Unit 8 The Grove Estate
Velo! Cycling and Coffee have new opening hours:
Monday 18:00 – 21:00
Thursday 18:00 – 21:00
Friday 08:30 – 16:00
Saturday 08:00 – 17:00
Velo! Continues to run maintenance courses, if you are interested in finding out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org (yes it is co not com!)
ColVelo is a new venture, working in partnership with Velo! Coffee and Cycling, that aims to offer something a little different to the cycling community in Colchester and North Essex. ColVelo is all about the ride and aims to offer interesting and varied routes exploring our fantastic countryside. The ColVelo team love cycling and everything that goes with it, the history, the stories, the bikes and the people to name but a few. Offering rides at weekends of varying lengths, Col Velo want feedback and ideas from its growing community to add to the diversity of its rides. Check them out at ColVelo
EcoRaceEssex is a joint Sustrans and Essex County Council initiative to promote active travel for the journey to school throughout Essex. To find out more about how your school can join in this free and fun initiative, check out ecoraceessex or contact Aba at email@example.com or on 0758 408 7182.
If you haven’t ridden all winter and feel your bike needs a health check, Colchester Cycle Champions in partnership with Leisure World and ATW Cycles are offering two Dr Bike sessions in April. Turn up between 11am and 3pm on the 2nd or 9th April and receive a free Dr Bike check on a first come first served basis.
If you need a bit of a confidence boost to get back on your bike, come along to one of Colchester Cycling Champions rides for a gentle introduction back into cycling. Newcomers are always welcome. Rides start from Leisure World.
One just for the chaps, if you or someone you know would like a FREE health check, local charity CHAPS is holding a men’s health check day at Weston Homes Community Stadium on 26 March. This year as well as offering prostrate, heart, abdominal aneurysm checks they are also offering skin cancer, physio and sports injuries checks. You can turn up in the morning and be given an appointment on a first come first served basis, but afternoon appointments can be pre-booked online at ChapsSimplyBook
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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.'