Spring is in the air and we have had some glimpses of things to come with some lovely balmy days. If it has reenergised you to get on your bike then here are a few thoughts for April.
With spring typically a time for new life, we share Breeze’s advice on cycling when pregnant.
Every Saturday during April, there is a Sky Ride around Alton Water suitable for all the family.
With the better weather, we have ordered and are excited to have received our Cake Escape log books. Find out more about the Cake Escape an exciting activity to do with your family on your bikes this summer.
A heads up on two charity rides coming up in May with varying length routes from 6 to 60 miles, to cater for any level of cyclist, whether you are a family with young children or a serious cyclist.
8 May - Ride for Helen – in Hatfield Peverel
15 May - Tour de Tendring - from Dovercourt
If you have pulled your bike out of the shed only to find it isn’t ready for the road, take it along to one of the Bike Kitchens for FREE help and advice to get it up and rideable again.
The new cycle path alongside Colchester road linking upper Wivenhoe with the University opens this month.
Ifyou are interested in keeping up to date with Colchester's air quality, then you can sign up for a new free alert service offering daily information on air quality in the borough.
Cycling while pregnant: Having cycled through three pregnancies, Breeze’s advice really struck home. If you are feeling unsure about continuing to cycle while you are pregnant, read Breeze’s article on ‘Cycling while pregnant – everything you need to know’
Sky Ride: If you are up for an early start, the 7.5 mile route bike ride around Alton Water is suitable for all the family so long as you are happy cycling off road and in a group. It will be a relaxed ride starting at 8:30am each Saturday during April, from Lemons Hill North car park and taking up to an hour. Find out more from the goskyride website
The Cake Escape: With five cafés in Colchester, The Cake Escape offers a great, local family adventure on bikes to do over the spring and summer. Collecting stamps at each bike friendly café, you receive a free piece of cake at café number 5! Sign up for your log book at The Cake Escape
Charity rides in May:
8 May - Ride for Helen: Help support people living with cancer by signing up for Ride for Helen. Offering routes of 6, 15, 35 or 60 miles from Hatfield Peverel through the Essex countryside, the organisers have planned the routes to avoid main roads wherever possible.
Find out more on the Ride for Helen website
15 May - Tour de Tendring - from Dovercourt: Raise money for your chosen charity and choose one of three circular routes around the picturesque district of Tendring, perfect cycling country with quiet roads, low hills and views to the sea. There is something on offer whatever your level of cycling, with 6, 20 and 60 mile routes. The 6 mile family ride is mostly off road. Find out more on the Bike Events website
Wivenhoe and Colchester Bike Kitchens: If you are enthused to cycle, only to find your bike isn’t up to it, then Wivenhoe and Colchester Bike Kitchens offer a friendly, volunteer run community service to offer help, advice and access to tools to repair your bike.
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is open Mondays 7 – 9pm and Saturdays 2 – 4pm at The Store on the junction of St John’s Road and The Folly
Colchester Bike Kitchen is open the first and third Saturday on the month, 1-4pm at The Waiting Room off Queen Street
The new cycle path linking Upper Wivenhoe with the University of Essex along Colchester Road officially opens on the 20 April.
airTEXT - Launched last month, Colchester residents as well as those travelling to the borough to work, study or visit can register at www.airtext.info/signup to receive air quality alerts and health-related information. Free updates are available by twitter, text message, voicemail and email. Free Android and iphone apps are also available for download.
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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.'