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April News 2015

April news is much delayed as this month’s blog is being written from Sudan! It’s 40 degrees, the local internet cafe’s have closed down as most people access the internet via their phones now. Having tracked down an internet cafe, the availability of the internet connection has been patchy so communication with the Colchester Cycling Community has been tricky!

So this month’s update is brief...

Not strictly cycling but this may be relevent to you when you are on your bike or on foot. ECC are proposing to remove the pedestrian crossing at the top of North Hill. If this would effect you please respond to their proposal giving your views before the 1st May 2015.

You can read the proposal here, see TRAF/4803 towards the bottom of the page.

Find out about Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen’s new opening hours and if you fancy a bit of volunteering in exchange for help with maintaining your own bike, Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen want to hear from you.

If you think your year 6 child could benefit from a free 50 minute cycle safety theory session to highlight highway rules, myth busters and gain general cycling advice, then ECC in partnership with Sustrans are offering schools free sessions for year 6 classes regardless of whether they all cycle or not.

As we are not around to interview someone in Colchester about cycling, we offer some insights into cycling in Sudan as something a little bit different for this month! 

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen, in addition to offering Mechanic Mondays from 7pm to 9,  is now open on Saturdays from 2pm to 4. These sessions are for anyone to drop in, use their tools and pick their brains - most things can be easily sorted. 

VOLUNTEERS (especially women*) NEEDED! Helpful if you:

Have an interest in cycling/sustainable transport.
Want to use or develop your cycle maintenance skills - any level of knowledge welcome. 
Can give a few hours a month, or more.
Like drinking tea (builders, earl grey, red bush, green, you name it).
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen can offer:
Friendly and supportive small team.
The chance to tinker/get help with your own bike.
Lots of tea (builders, earl grey, red bush, green, you name it).
* Jo and Natalia are feeling a bit outnumbered

Get in touch via bicyclewiv[at]gmail.com 07926 463568


Cycle Safety sessions available FREE to all Essex schools.

Sustrans,  thanks to ECC funding ; has been supporting schools across the county in their endeavor to encourage sustainable transport and road safety. With this in mind Sustrans has worked with many schools eager to reduce congestion around the local roads and introduce more active ways of travelling to school.

Furthermore, for years ECC has been providing Bikeability training (levels 1, 2... and 3) to pupils of primary and secondary schools.

To complement this work and the Bikeability training levels 1 – 3 that ECC provide to primary and secondary schools, Sustrans are now offering theory sessions on Cycle Safety (rules, regulations myth-busters and general advice on cycling).

The sessions of approx. 50 minutes are held in schools that send in a request. They are free of charge and only require a projector. They are ideal for year 6 pupils and include the whole class, not just those who register/attend the Bikeability level 1 & 2 training…allowing more pupils to be aware of the rules of cycling.

If your school is interested, please contact Aba Pifferi, Sustrans Schools Officer on aba.pifferi@sustrans.org.uk or call  0758 408 7182


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