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May 2015 news

With the better weather, more and more cycling events are now in the pipeline.  Although we will continue to focus on the coming month, we will also share events as we hear about them, so you can plan ahead!

In brief this month read more on..

New to cycling? Halfords are offering a Free Women’s introductory bike workshop on the 20 May.

Colchester Cycle Champions will be in Castle Park on 4 dates in May offering support, advice and a Free Bike Health Check to get your bike ready for a summer of cycling.

Congratulations to Key stage 1 at St Lawrence Primary School in Rowhedge for winning the Spring EcoRace, find out how your school could take part.

If you have been concerned about the recent changes to cycle lanes around North Station and the proposals to close the pedestrian/cyclist crossing across the Avenue of Remembrance, then find out more about the work of Colchester Cycling (different to Cycle Colchester) who are pressing for better infrastructure and conditions for local cyclists.

Looking ahead there are lots of charity rides both local and international coming up. If you want a challenge while raising money for a local charity, check them out, places are often limited so if you are interested you will need to register soon.

Next month is National Bike Week and there will be an Essex cycle challenge. More on that later this month. 

20th MayHalfords free introductory women’s bike workshop.

13, 14, 25 & 26 May - Free Bike Health Check with Colchester Cycle Champions. Why not cycle to Castle Park and visit the stand in Upper Castle Park near the new play area between 11am and 2pm?  As well as a free Bike Health Check, friendly local cycle champions will be on hand to answer any cycle related quesions you have. Please remember not to cycle in the actual park.

Congratulations to St Lawrence Primary School in Rowhedge who won the Spring EcoRace with the highest percentage of children in Key stage 1 cycling to school over three weeks. The EcoRace runs across Essex with 18 schools participating in the Key stage 1 category and 22 in the Key stage 2. Average levels of cycling across the participating schools was 8.7% in KS1 and 9.1% in KS2. The EcoRace is a free fun challenge for schools to take part in to encourage active travel to school. If your school isn’t already participating, the dates for the summer challenge are 8, 15 and 22nd June. Find out more about the EcoRace and encourage your school to join.

If you have been concerned about some local cycle related infrastructure developments such as the changes around North Station and proposals to take out the crossing across the Avenue of Remembrance, then make your voice heard and get involved with Colchester-Cycling who press our local councils for better infrastructure and conditions for local cyclists. Follow their facebook page to keep up to date

Events coming up over the summer...

13 – 21 June National Bike Week

25 July – Essex Castle Bike Ride, a great day cycling a choice of three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 and 75 miles, all starting at Colchester raising money for Age UK Essex.

29 August – Colchester’s first Vintage Bike Ride, a slow paced ride with stops at secrets beauty stops and venues with elevenses and afternoon tea. Find out more via their VintageBicycleRide facebook page

9 September – CoHoC London to Paris cycle ride If you are interested in combining an exhilarating 290 mile, 4 day bike ride with raising money for Colchester Hospital through its charity CoHoc –  then check out the London to Paris cycle ride.

7 – 11 October – St Helena’s Hospice – 3 -2-1 cycle challenge Another fundraising ride across 3 countries, with 2 pedals, for 1 hospice. Five days of cycling through 300 miles of English countryside, across the channel to the Dutch lowlands and on to the historic city of Brussels.




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