This month we bring you news of an award for Cycle Colchester stalwart Pam Nelson, the success of Sustrans’ trailblazing Winstree Rd Community Led Street Design project, more cycle security events with Colchester Bike Kitchen, beginner rides from Cycling UK, the upcoming Cycle County Active County conference in Chelmsford, some exciting job opportunities and lots more! So without further ado, read on…
Cycling UK award for Pam Nelson
Cycle Colchester’s very own Pam Nelson was recently recognised by Cycling UK as one of their 100 Women in Cycling 2019 for her tireless commitment to promoting sustainable transport in Colchester. Pam’s been working to make Colchester a better place to live and cycle for 20 years, from her time working and volunteering with Colchester Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, Cycling UK/CTC, Colchester Travel Plan Club and Colchester Bike Kitchen.
Winstree Road pop-up success
We’re really pleased to be able to share that the Winstree Road Community Led Street Design project has got off to a great start with a series of successful pop-up events over the last few weeks. The team have literally “popped up” along Winstree Rd and surrounding streets getting to know the area and the challenges being faced by the people who use the area. They’ve had some great chats and learned a lot about how the area can be improved, and the team will now spend some time processing the feedback and shaping some ideas for next steps. Watch this space!
Cycle Security with Colchester Bike Kitchen
Our friends at CBK are running another cycle security marking event this month, along with FREE Dr Bike health checks. Visit their workshop on Saturday 24th August from 1-4pm to get your bike marked and registered with BikeRegister for absolutely free (RRP normally £13).
Cycle theft is sadly on the rise, and while it’s best to avoid having your bike stolen in the first place, cycle marking means you’ve got more chance of tracking and retrieving your bike if the worst does happen.
Beginner Rides with Cycling for Pleasure
Cycling UK group Cycling for Pleasure meet at Colchester Leisure world at 11am every Wednesday for a leisurely ride along mostly off-road paths. The group is a great chance to give cycling a go for the first time or as a way of getting back on your bike. They’re a really friendly bunch and are happy to welcome anyone regardless of ability or confidence level (children must be accompanied by an adult).
If you’d like to find out more then contact Stuart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeling a bit more confident? There’s plenty of other rides that go out throughout the week. Find a full list on the Colchester Cycling UK website
Cycle County Active County
The seventh annual Cycle City active City conference is coming to Essex on the 5th and 6th of Septmember. It’s a high profile event that provides an opportunity to showcase Essex County Council’s ambitions that the promotion and development of cycling is essential in helping address congestion in our towns and poor health in society.
For more information on the event and to see the exciting programme of key note speakers, plenary sessions and event activities please visit the Cycle County Active County 20-19 website.
Sustainable Travel Planning Officer
Essex County Council are recruiting a full time, permanent position within their Highways and Transportation team to help promote credible alternatives to the private car through Travel Planning measures throughout Essex.
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Things we’ve found interesting
Locking tips from Cycling UK – bike thefts are sadly on the rise, so read this carefully to learn how to make sure your bike is as secure as it can be.
Find out more here
Ordnance Survey have teamed up with walking and cycling charity Sustrans to show the National Cycle Route on their online mapping tools. We love this as it means you can quickly and easily link up the NCN route with other cycle paths and bridleways marked on the OS map.
Try it out for yourself
The Transport Select Committee has called on Government to set more ambitious targets and increase funding to boost access to and uptake of cycling and walking. We want to see more investment too!
Read more at Cycling UK
We’ve spent the last 10 days, 2 hours and 47 minutes “dot watching” as Fiona Kolbinger has become the first woman to win the ultra-endurance Transcontinental race. It’s a 4,000km (2,500 mile) self-supported race from Burgas in Bulgaria to Brest on the north-west French coast, via four checkpoints (usually at the top of particularly high mountains). Fiona’s win is extra special because she’s never even competed in an ultra-endurance race before, and she’s just 24 years old! It’s probably a bit too far for us to ride, but we’re definitely feeling inspired by her accomplishment to get out on our bikes…
Find out more about Fiona and the Transcontinental race