The Stop. Swap. GO! 60 Day Challenge is in full swing!
Hundreds of people in Essex have already joined the 60 Day Challenge designed to motivate participants to walk and cycle more.

The challenge launched on 1 August and already there is lots of activity on social media highlighting the daily achievements and lucky prize winners that are taking part.

StopSwapGO! is running the challenge to help Essex residents build lasting sustainable travel habits and highlight the benefits of walking and cycling on health and wellbeing and the environment.

The campaign now also includes a focus on supporting families and young people returning to school in September. The StopSwapGO! website has lots of information to help avoid traffic gridlock by walking and cycling to school and includes routes, maps and drop off zones to aid a smoother start to the day.

There’s still plenty time to join the 60 Day Challenge and be in for the chance to win prizes, so register now on the website and follow the campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

Safer, Greener Healthier Phase 2

Essex Highways have submitted their plans for Phase 2 of their Safer, Greener Healthier works to create new cycling and walking infrastructure in Essex and if they’re successful Colchester will receive a massive £4m of the total of £9m on offer to Essex. The plans focus on an East/West and North/South corridor centring on the town centre, and including segregated cycle lanes, low-traffic neighbourhoods, cycle parking, school streets and more.

View the full plans for Colchester and Essex on the Essex Highways website

Re~Cycle still need your donations of bikes
Local charity Re~Cycle are back up and running again and are sending containers of bikes and spares out to their partners across Africa. They really need your donations though! As things closed down over the last few months they have almost exhausted their supply of bikes, so please if you can help them top it up again.

You can drop your bikes or spares at their warehouse in Wormingford or at one of their pop-up events – keep an eye on their website

Their next pop-up collection is at Broomfield Village Hall, Chelmsford 28th July 10am-2pm

Colchester Bike Kitchen is open!
CBK has now reopened and are ready to help you fix your bikes. There’s some covid-precautions in place for your safety and their volunteers safety. They just ask you wear a face covering and are only accepting payment by card.

Find out more and keep up to date on their website

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen gave a full service to around 50 key worker’s bikes during Cycle UK’s Big Bike Revival, helping people from all sectors – charity, health, utilities and public services. This was possible thanks to emergency funding from Cycling UK while our usual regular drop in sessions were suspended. The team is taking a well-earned break during August to prepare for reopening in September, virus permitting! Follow us on Facebook to keep updated.

VCR Cycling Club
VCR are pleased to say their Saturday cycling club runs have recommenced for club members and riders who are keen to join an active Colchester based cycling club, following strict social distancing guidelines. Please contact the club via their website for further details.

Unfortunately, the club have had to cancel their Spring Sportive in partnership with Re~Cycle, their Ken Wright Memorial Road Race event in May and Autumn Cyclo-Cross promotion due to be held at Hilly Fields in Colchester due to the ongoing pandemic. The good news is all of these events will be rescheduled for 2021!

The Marks Hall Estate Cycle Path Project
Marks Hall Estate is proposing to create approximately 8.2km of all-weather cycle path which will link the communities of Coggeshall and Earls Colne and provide a new recreational activity for visitors to the Estate.

The free to use route will include a 2.5km loop around the outside of the Arboretum featuring new interpretation points, and will make use of the existing Second World War concrete roads, linking with the Visitor Centre and café where new cycle stands will be provided. The cycle path will be permissive (with the consent of Marks Hall Estate and Earls Colne Business Park).

The group are currently preparing a fundraising bid to the Rural Development Programme for England for a Rural Tourism Grant so please take a moment to find out more and complete a short survey on their website

Cycling UK latest advice for group riding.
If you’re planning to ride with friends or a group then Cycling UK have published some advice and guidance to help you do so in the safest way possible and minimise risk for everyone.

Read their advice online here

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