May 2019 News

We chatted with John McArthur about his cycling epiphany 30 years ago.

Find out about how you can pledge to make Colchester a better place with the Colchester Cycling Charter.

Bike Week is back! Find events near you.

VCR cycling club are running Colchester’s first womens road race – find out how you can support them.

There’s some exciting news from the Bike Kitchens including free classes and cycle marking.

Are you ready to join the 30:30 Essex challenge? It’s easier to exercise than you think!

And we’ve got our usual updates from Re~Cycle, as well as how you can sign up to ride 100 miles in support of your favourite charities!

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April 2019 News

We spoke to Alex McNulty about his journey from commuter to long distance rider, and how he ditched his car in favour of a bike.

Cycle the full 14 mile Colchester Orbital route as part of the Jane’s Walk weekend

The Bike Kitchens are getting ready for summer, learn about Wivenhoe’s new opening hours and book your space on Colchester’s upcoming beginners course.

We’ve got an update from local charity Re~Cycle about their monthly bike sale and Easter opening hours.

There’s still a few spots left for the RideLondon Surrey Sportive through local charities. We’ve got full details on how you can sign up to represent them and help raise some money

We’ve also got full details of the Sustrans job we mentioned in last month’s newsletter.

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March 2019 News

We talk to Irena and Zak Banham about how he’s encouraged his parents to ditch the car and beat congestion.

Find out how new restrictions on bringing bikes on trains in our region might affect you.

Re~Cycle are teaming up with Halfords again to offer a huge 20% discount on new bikes if you trade in your old one between 5th March and 3rd April.

Are you a clean air hero? You could be one if you change the way you travel to school, and help with rhino conservation in the process.

There’s lots of RideLondon cycle ride spots available through local charities. We’ve got links to register, and all you have to do is raise a bit of cash for them!

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September 2018 news

LOCAL NEWS – Not so much local news this month, contributors must have been out enjoying bike rides during our glorious summer (remember it?)!

We talk to Dan Gascoyne who has recently joined Colchester Borough Council as Assistant Director, Policy & Corporate and who cycles to work every day.

There’s a new film about our Bike Kitchens, plus a new wheel building course (Wivenhoe) and a new workshop membership scheme (Colchester).

Colchester Borough Council celebrated Cycle To Work Day. 

Globe G Sports is having an end of season sale, and Re-Cycle is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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June 2018 news

This month we talk to an old Cycle Colchester friend, former Cycle Colchester Cycle Star Daniel Colaianni.

Bikeability Learn to Ride and Levels 1 & 2 are back this summer holidays at Queen Boudica primary school in Mile End.

Essex Police launch a new cycle security campaign with a 20% discount during June and July in participating local bike shops. We also share their recommendations on what lock to buy.

We update on the bike kitchens, their part in the Big Bike Revival, the workshops they are offering, recap on their standard opening times and share some sad news from Colchester Bike Kitchen.

We are pleased to hear that Colchester Station now have a new stock of fobs for their secure cycle compounds, find out more if you are interested in getting one.

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May 2018 news

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This month we talk to Stuart Bailey, ride leader for Cycling for Pleasure.

Cycle Colchester will be at two events during June, the Braiswick Primary school summer fete and the Young Children’s Festival, come and visit us!

Help spread the word about our Cycle Colchester pop up advice centre in Lion Walk open 10am – 3pm on Mondays throughout June.

We update on Re-Cycle including their monthly bike sales.

Both bike kitchens are taking part in this year’s Cycling UK Big Bike Revival during May and June with lots of workshops on self-help bike maintenance

Happy Handlebars are offering a new section of gentle rides for beginners or those trying to build confidence.

Cycling to school is a ‘right’ of passage, we link you with an interesting article by Cycling UK’s new campaigns officer Keir Gallagher.

Help us promote Clean Air Day(Thursday 21 June) in Colchester by sharing information with friends and colleagues about how cycling helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

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News – April 2018

This month, we talk to Re-Cycle’s new managing director Vince Langdon-Morris who grew up in South Africa.

Re-Cycle are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, can you help them reach their target of sending 100,000 bikes to Africa by July 2018? Find out more about how and their fundraising news.

If you are thinking about buying a new bike, if you are quick you can get up to £750 off if you trade in your old bike for a new one at Thomas Cycle Revolution before the end of April. All bikes traded in will be donated to Re-Cycle.

We update on Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen. Bikes are still needed for 9 – 12 year old children of Syrian families. Get in contact if you can help.

Could you raise money for Re-Cycle or MS-UK by taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 29 July?

If you are up for fund raising challenges this year, there is also the St Helena Hospice Coast to Coast challenge, a 250 mile cycle ride across three days (6-9 September) from Clacton Pier to Portishead Harbour in Somerset.

Local PC Rosanna Walker tells us about the recent apprehension of two adult males who have been charged with handling stolen bikes in Colchester and the forthcoming campaign on bike security.

We want to hear from anyone who cycles to work at North Colchester Business Parks or Severalls as we are looking for cycling buddies for businesses we are working with up there on smarter travel choices.

And from the National News..

Cycling UK President Jon Snow talks about the new #whywouldntyou safety campaign.

We share some top tips on how to keep cycling safely and to keep cool in the heat for when the sun comes back!

Can you sign a new petition to the Department for Transport to rescue Britain’s forgotten 1930s protected cycleways?

A recent study by the Institute of Transport Economics has found that cyclists consistently make better drivers than other road users. Find out why.

Finally we share another fantastic creation from Holland, a cycle powered cab for kids!


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News – March 2018

This month we talk to self confessed petrol head Ashley Parmenter about how he got into cycling and why cycling makes sense for short journeys.

We update on the Colchester Bike Kitchen project to assist Refugee Action-Colchester to donate bikes to Syrian adults and children who have recently arrived in our town, further bikes will be donated to Syrians who agree to do Bikeability training.

After all the snow and rain in recent months, we offer some timely advice from Sustrans on how to clean your bike.

We share a study by the British Medical Journal suggesting people who are too busy to exercise daily should multi-task by walking or cycling to work to reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer.

Ride for Helen is back on the 13th May, find out how you can join in. Cyclists from across the county will be meeting at The Crix in Hatfield Peverel to take part in this fantastic, family-friendly event which offers a choice of cycling routes to suit all capabilities; 6 miles, 15 miles, 35 miles, 65 miles and NEW 100 miles.

We talk to Steve Carswell a Bikeability instructor with Cycling4U about his partnership with a Braintree company to deliver Safe Urban Driving (SUD) training for HGV drivers to help improve understanding of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

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February 2018 news

This month we talk to Sarah Holt who has recently returned to cycling and completed the London to Paris ride to fundraise for St Helena Hospice

We have a local cyclist volunteering to ride with those with visual impairments who have access to a tandem.

Re-Cycle need more bikes and Colchester Bike Kitchen need more volunteers, so they can consider extending their opening hours to weekly 

We highlight again the great opportunity for a one to one session to build your confidence to cycle for just £10.

Have you heard about Britain’s forgotton 1930’s protected cycleways including our own Cymbeline Way? If not find out more about the 500 mile network of protected cycle ways that were installed in the 1930’s and what has happened to them now.

If lack of a shower at work is discouraging you from commuting by bike, we share Sustrans tips for commuting by bike and staying fresh when you get there.

Find out how Good Journeys are rewarding people for going car-free to UK attractions.

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January 2018

Happy New Year! We start 2018 off talking to Kelli Schmalenbach, a first year student from Pennsylvania studying at the University of Essex who loves cycling and is planning to explore the UK by bike this year.

Essex Police launch today a bike lock campaign which includes a one week offer of 20% off a Sold Secure Lock in local Colchester bike shops.

For just £10 you can receive a one to one session with a qualified cycling instructor to help you gain confidence and improve your road skills on a bike.

We report on Colchester’s recent successful bid for Sport England funding to increase participation in sport and physical activity

Can you help tidy up the Wivenhoe Trail? Volunteers are getting together on the 3rd March to litter pick the trail.

As a cyclist you probably know how much space you feel comfortable with when a car passes you. We share information about Cycling UK’s Too Close for Comfort campaign and a short video you might like to share with your non cycling friends who drive.

Finally if your fingers and toes have been suffering with the cold, we share Cyclescheme’s hand guide to keeping toasty.

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