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For children nine years and upwards, introducing them to cycling on quiet roads.
Starting from Greenstead Library at 10:30  and ending at 12:30pm
45 minute sessions for adults and children struggling to ride or who have never learnt to cycle.
Cycle Colchester will be at Firstsite between 12noon and 4pm promoting cycling as part of Black...

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March 2016 news


Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions held in the February half term were a great success with 22 kids taking part. Below we give feedback from a couple of parents whose children went on the Learn to Ride course

We are really pleased to be working again with Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) to offer further Bikeability Learn to Ride, Combined Levels 1 & 2 and Level 3 sessions in the Easter holidays. Demand is likely to be high so book soon.

SERP are looking for more Bikeability instructors particularly in Colchester! If you would be interested in teaching Bikeability, mainly to children via schools find out more below. .

This month we talk to Dr Elmer van der Hoek, GP tutor for North East Essex, about why he sees cycling as the transport mode of the future to combat obesity and climate change

If your kids enjoy cross country riding then join the Rovers second youth Go_Race Cyclo X event in Hilly Fields on Saturday 5 March. Novices welcome.

If you love the Wivenhoe Trail and have some spare time on Sunday 6 March morning, could you help the Wivenhoe Society with their Spring clean-up of the trail?

A quick reminder of the consultation on CBC’s Healthier Air for Colchester Air Quality Action Plan, which closes on the 11 March.

If you support Sustrans work and have spare time on your hands, they are looking for a group coordinator in Colchester and Tendring area to bring together and motivate local volunteers and to coordinate the group’s activities.

Interested in taking part in Ride London? Locally based national charity MS-UK still has places.

Feedback from February Bikeability Learn to Ride

Demand was high for the Bikeabilty Learn to Ride sessions in the half term and feedback following the sessions was very positive.

Jennifer whose 7 year old daughter benefited from a 1 to 1 session said, ‘Mia enjoyed the bikeability training. The instructors were very helpful and she looked and felt more confident on her bike.’

Barry whose 7 year old Granddaughter went on the course said, ‘ Emma is quite nervous and lacks a bit of self-confidence, but the instructors were very patient and very good with her. Although she did not learn to ride quite properly, she made great strides and was able to go a short way on her own. The instructors also gave us great information on how to practice with Emma and to build up her confidence.’

New Bikeability sessions offered in the Easter holidays

We are pleased to be able to offer in partnership with SERP and Colchester Travel Plan Club more Bikeability sessions in the Easter holidays.

Bikeability is all about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.*Mums and Dads* - Bikeabilty is a great way to improve your confidence to cycle with or without your kids as well as increasing your awareness of how to cycle safely.

So why not do the training with your kids? We would love to see more adults taking part. Find out more about the different levels of Bikeability on the Bikeability website.

We are offering:

Monday 4 April a.m: One to One 45 minute Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April 9:15 to 13:15 Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2

Wednesday 6 April Bikeabiity level 3 – 9:15 to 13:15

You can request to book a place via the Colchester Travel Plan Club website (if you can’t see the blog about Bikeability at the top please scroll down) Sessions are free but require a £5 non refundable deposit to secure a place and towards the cost of hiring the school.

Bikeability Instructor vacancies

SERP are looking for adults to train as Bikeability instructors. The training is free and is taking place between the 5th and 8th April in Witham. To find out more visit the SERP website.

Saturday 5 March - Rovers Go-Race Cyclo-X

The Rovers have their second Go-Race Cyclo-X event this Saturday. Starting 0945 at the Sussex Road entrance to Hilly Fields, it is suitable for anyone from novice level up, up to the age of 16. You need to bring your own mountain or off road bike and the session includes coaching and racing. Find out more from the Rovers website.

Sunday 6 March – Spring Riverbank Clean Up

Help keep the Wivenhoe Trail clean by joining The Wivenhoe Society in their spring clean of the Trail.  If you can help, please bring suitable footwear and gloves and meet the clean-up team in the station car park at 10am. They will provide bags and direction as to what area of the trail to target

Sustrans volunteers coordinator vacancy for Colchester and Tendring

Sustrans has many volunteers locally doing some great work to sign and maintain the National Cycle Network, organise occasional social rides for the volunteers or for the general public and promote active travel in local communities. The role is for the main volunteer contact in the area and will involve ensuring information, knowledge and resources are shared within the group.

Find out more about the role Sustrans volunteer opportunity.

MS-UK still has places available to take part in Ride London

 If you are interested in taking part in Ride London but didn’t secure a place, national charity MS-UK, dedicated to empowering people with multiple sclerosis, and based locally at The Hythe, still has places and would welcome your interest and support.

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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.'

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