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!read more
This month we had a chat with Tori Cook, Cycling UK’s new development officer for Essex. Tori talks about big cycling challenges, taking a break and then getting back into riding through cycle confidence training and how it’s kept her happy and healthy – both mentally and physically.read more
It’s a jam-packed issue of the newsletter this month so grab a cup of tea, make sure you’re sitting comfortably and have a read…read more
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!read more
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.
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!read more
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.read more
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.read more
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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.read more
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!