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August 2015 news


We hope to see you for a fun filled two days at the Colchester Free Festival on the 29 and 30 August 2015. Just a reminder that if you travel by bike and use our Cycle Town bike parking you will receive a FREE Dr Bike check, FREE refreshing smoothie and a FREE prize draw ticket.

Prizes include a:

Kask helmet worth £125 courtesy of Velo Cycling and Coffee

£100 voucher to spend in the BikeHut courtesy of Halfords

£75 voucher to spend on a bike courtesy of Re-Cycle.

Remember to bring your lock, enter through the main entrance of Lower Castle Park by the boating lake, and walk your bike through the park following the signs to our Cycle Town bike parking. 

Cycle Town will include CTC Colchester Cycle Champions, Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens, ATW Cycle Repairs, Colchester Cycle Tech, St Helena's Hospice, Walk Colchester and NHS Health Checks.

In the Earth Tribe Family Field, Sustrans and Cycle Colchester will be offering a fun acitivity for kids to decorate their own travel themed festival glasses.

Volunteers needed!

If while you are there you can spare an hour or two to help out on one of our stalls please get in touch! No great experience needed just a willingness to chat to people  and muck in! Please email cyclecolchester@gmail.com

See you there!


We hope you have been out on your bike enjoying the great weather. It looks set to continue in August so here’s a few ideas for you and your bike!

The local Colchester CTC group is looking to encourage new riders to join them. Give their 40/40 ride on 9 August a try and see whether group riding is for you?

Is your 7 – 11 year old interested in bike maintenance? Halfords are hosting maintenance workshops for kids every Wednesday during August.

Colchester hosts its first vintage bike ride on the 29 August.

If you are heading for the Colchester Free Festival in Castle Park on the 29 and 30 August, travel there by bike, park at our Cycle Town and you could be in with a chance of winning lots of cycling goodies, plus other freebies including a Dr Bike check, refreshing smoothie and more. If you haven’t heard about the Colchester free festival then it’s definitely one to check out!

In the next few weeks we will be re-launching our Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail in High Woods country park. More on that later in the month.

Is your school a Sustrans school encouraging pupils to travel sustainably? if not find out what your school could be doing to help reduce the impact and traffic congestion caused by the school run.

9 August - CTC’s Colchester 40/40

Open to members and non members, choose from a 40 km or 40 mile route, both starting from Marks Tey and finishing in Copford Green. Check out the route, entry form and more details at www.colchesterctc.org.uk

5, 12, 19, 26 August - Maintenance workshops for kids

Halfords are hosting bike maintenance workshops for 7 to 11 year olds every Wednesday in August. To register your interest visit the Halfords website

29 August - Colchester’s first vintage bike ride

A quintessentially English bike ride of around 10 miles. Dress up if you like! With stops at secret beauty spots and venues for elevenses and afternoon tea, this will be a leisurely and fun way to meander around and explore your local countryside. Check out their facebook page for fees and more information.

29 and 30 August - Colchester Free Festival

Colchester’s Free Festival brings together the community in Colchester  to celebrate the towns culture, history and heritage. Over two days the festival showcases local music, arts and creative talent in an eclectic mix of performances, activities and interactive installations.

This year Cycle Colchester, CTC Cycle Champions, Sustrans, Colchester and Wivenhoe bike kitchens, plus others in the local cycling community are working with the festival organisers to put cycling at the heart of the festival.

The Free Festival will feature a large Cycle Town area in the middle of Castle Park, and every rider will get free cycle parking (bring a lock!). To reward those who cycle, we will also give a free prize draw ticket to win cycling goodies from Velo (ladies Kask helmet worth £125), Halfords voucher (£100) and Re-Cycle voucher (£75), plus a free smoothie and a free Dr Bike check.

Other stalls in the Cycle Town area will offer cycling information and maps, details of sponsored bike rides and advice on healthier lifestyles.

We will also be in the family area with our funky cycling glasses for the kids to decorate festival style. Come along by bike and enjoy a fantastic couple of days. We hope to see you at our Cycle Town. 

Sustrans services to schools

With the start of a new academic year looming, could you encourage your school to promote sustainable travel for the journey to school? If so Sustrans are here to help and Aba Pifferi is your local Sustrans officer.

Sustrans can help you obtain your Green Flag or Eco Schools awards, work towards ModeShiftStars accreditation or support your participation in the Eco Race. The Eco Race is a score-based and easy to run FREE competition, which encourages pupils to record how they travel to school every day, three weeks per term, with those choosing active travel to school (cycling, walking and scooting) receiving higher scores. If you are interested contact Aba at aba.pifferi@sustrans.org.uk 

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