cycling community

Kelli Schmalenbach

Kelli Schmalenbach is a first year student at the University of Essex, and one of the first things she did on arriving on campus was buy a bike from Re-Cycle.

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Darius Laws

This month we interview Darius Laws, a photographer and video producer who’s also a Colchester Borough Councillor and a keen cyclist.

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Jacqui Stone

This month we talk to Jacqui Stone, manager of Essex Rural Training, who represented Britain in the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in France this August, just three years after getting her first proper road bike.

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Wolf Simpson

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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Jess Douglas

Find out why Jess Douglas loves to cycle and why she recommends level 3 Bikeability even if you have been cycling for years.

The photo includes Steve Carswell Bikeability Instructor and Jim Rayner, cycling advocate from Colchester Institute who also undertook level 3 Bikeability at the same time.

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Laura Pountney

I love the interaction with other road users – I’ve learnt that it is important to be confident and make eye contact with other road users – if you make eye contact, it proves you’re human.’ Laura Pountney talks to us about how cycling is so central to her and her family.

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Paul Byrne

With the launch of a new Bicycle User Group (BUG) at Colchester hospital this month, we talk to Paul Byrne, Consultant Rheumatologist at Colchester Hospital and chair of Colchester Medics for Safer Roads and the new BUG about his love for cycling and why making cycling part of your day to day routine can help address many health conditions related to inactivity. 

 

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Anne Dew

This month we’ve been talking to Anne Dew, about cycling with her husband Bodo and the Cycling Gang, all in their seventies and eighties, who have shared annual cycling holidays in Europe since 1999.

 
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Stuart Welham

With the move of the Colchester Bike Kitchen to 15 Queen Street, we speak to one of its founders Stuart Welham about why he cycles and what inspired him to help start the Bike Kitchen.

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