November 2017 news

This month we talk to Jacqui Stone 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.

If you found last month’s article about e-bikes interesting read more about how e-bikes represent the most fastest growing segments of the transport market.

With Christmas coming up are you thinking about buying a bike for your ever growing child? If so find out more about The Bike Club plus Black Friday deals from ATW cycles and has anyone got an unwanted bike they would be happy to donate to a 15 year old Syrian refugee living in Colchester?

We update on the government’s cycle safety review.

Finally if your transport interests extend to buses and trains, check out a talk on the 30 November in Colchester themed ‘The Politics of Buses and Trains’.

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October 2017 news

This month we talk to Wolf Simpson about how using bikes and more recently e-bikes has transformed his mobility and how far he can travel without suffering pain.

Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on the Cycle Colchester website, your comments have been really helpful. We would still like to hear from more of you, so if you can spare a few minutes please complete our short survey.

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In light of Wolf’s inspirational story, we share some e-bike brands and local suppliers as recommended by local Cycle Colchester subscribers.

Events this month include Freshers Fair at the University, St Helena Hospice’s charity bike ride, Cycle Colchester at the Black History month event at Firstsite, and a family bike ride from Greenstead.

Sustrans are looking for more volunteers locally, go along to their ‘Tappas and tea’ event at Firstsite to find out more.

Bikeability sessions are on offer  in the October half term, including Learn to Ride and combined levels 1 & 2. They will be held at Gosbecks primary school in Shrub End.

There is also the opportunity for one to one adult confidence sessions to build your skills and confidence cycling on roads where you live.

We share further lessons learnt from commuting to work; and in the wake of the Charlie Alliston case, we highlight Cycling UK’s concerns following the DfT’s announcement regarding an urgent review into cycling offences.

If you are taking part in Beat the Street, are you following their social media and have you signed up to their newsletter to receive info on latest bonus tap chances and more.

Finally we share with you Chris Juden’s original thoughts on why cyclists prefer to keep moving, rather than stopping and starting!


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September 2017 news

This month we talk to Jess Douglas about why she cycles.

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St Helena Hospice’s charity bike ride is now just a few weeks away, will you join in or could you help marshal?

Beat the Street is turning our town into a giant, fun, free game for the community from 20 September 2017! Find out how to take part.

With the new academic year we have updated the University Cycle Map

Ten tips to avoid if you are thinking of commuting to work from Cyclescheme

If you are concerned about Bike Theft, check out localised advice from the Colchester Cycling Campaign.

Have you heard of the Dutch Reach? A simple but different approach to opening your car door which helps ensure you see approaching cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians and avoid ‘dooring’ them. Adopt the habit, spread the word and help save lives.

To finish on a lighter note, a glimpse of everyday cycling in Holland.

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July 2017 news

With the summer holidays upon us, we give you some ideas for fun days out by bike.

If you want to increase your confidence to cycle, we are offering Bikeability Learn to Ride and Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2 in August for adults and children which will take place at the Corporal Budd VC gymnasium off Berechurch Road.

In terms of events coming up, Suffolk’s Crafted Classique sportive takes place on the 12th August offering a selection of exciting routes suitable for all abilities.

We will be at the Myland fete on the 28th August, bring your bike for a free health check, we will have bikes to try out and a flag painting activity for the kids.

Local charity St Helena Hospice’s annual fundraising bike ride is coming up on September 8th, with a selection of different length routes, could you take part in the ride?  If not could you volunteer to help marshal the route?

A few months in from Cycling UK’s successful #TooCloseForComfort campaign to purchase distance mats for the majority of police forces in the UK, ,33 out of 45 police forces, including Essex, have been quick to adopt the campaign. Have you noticed a difference in driver behaviour?

Well done to the Colchester schools that won categories in the summer term Eco Race and find out how your school can take part next year.

If you have been following the controversy over the Mile End Road cycle path, read about the outcome of CCC’s campaign.  

Finally if you feel your kids are overly dependent on screens and spend far too much time indoors, come along to a free screening of the acclaimed film Project Wild Thing at Firstsite on the 30th August. ‘This film will change your life’ claims The Guardian!

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May & June 2017 news

Just a brief newsletter this month as we have just had news of our funding and need to sit down and work out our summer plans! Funding is limited this year so if anyone was some spare time to volunteer with us please get in touch!

To celebrate National Bike Week, the Colchester Travel Plan Club is running a Colchester Cycle Challenge between the 10th and 25th June. The challenge is open to any Colchester workplace and is free to take part. Use the challenge as an opportunity to encourage your colleagues to try the cycle to work or to cycle at the weekend.

Happy Handlebars will be at the Young Children’s Festival on the 17th June with all sorts of bikes to try out and help and advice on hand to help families cycle more.

Andy and his team at ATW Cycles are offering three led rides from their shop on the Seedbed Centre on Severalls Business Park every Saturday. Rides include a relaxing countryside ramble, a ladies only ride and a faster ride.

Reminders of the Bike Kitchens opening times and Re-Cycle’s bike sale.





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April 2017 news

With the longer days and summer ahead, lots of bike activities are coming up!

Why not think about taking part in the Cake Escape, a fun local initiative to encourage you to combine eating cake with getting out on your bike! New participating cafes have been added.

Like to support your local independent bike shops? – check out a list including the newest Rough and Road Cycles in West Bergholt.

Find out more about new Essex cycling initiative Happy Handlebars, who will be offering help to get people back on bikes and enjoying cycling

The Colchester Bike Kitchen is now opening on alternate Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

Colchester based national charity MS-UK helping and supporting people living with multiple sclerosis have a number of gold places available in the Ride London event on the 30th July.

We hope to offer some Bikeability sessions in the May half term and summer holidays, however you can now book Bikeability Learn to Ride directly with Safer Essex Road partnerships.

Re-Cycle has a new patron and we update you on some changes to the sort of bike donations they are now looking for plus they still need more volunteers for the summer!

Is your school part of the EcoRace? If not, find out more about this termly competition between local schools to encourage children to walk, scoot and cycle to school.

If you fancy a cycling adventure slightly further afield, why not check out the Adventure Cycle Festival in the Lake District over the first weekend of June or #racethesun17 on the 23rd June?

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March 2017 news

Spring is in the air and the promise of warmer days ahead looks more likely.

This month we talk to Anne Dew and her husband Bodo, a local couple who have cycled all their lives.

On a local level this month the ‘24 snapshots of bikes’ exhibition at The Octagon continues until the end of March.

There is a new up to date Essex County Council cycle map for Colchester.

If you use the High Woods County Park NCR1 route into Broadlands it will be closed for maintenance for two weeks from the 12 March.

If you haven’t cleaned your bike for a while (or ever!) now is probably the best time as the winters mud, grit and debris could be damaging your bike and impeding the smoothness of your ride!

Local charity St Helena Hospice is looking for local cyclists to join their Volunteer Planning Committee to help them prepare and grow their local charity bike ride that takes place in September.

Re-Cycle are also looking for volunteers to help them out during their really busy period, mid May to September.

Would you be interested in joining a Car Club offering pay as you go driving?  If you live in Colchester, cycle for many of your journeys and either don’t own a car or use a first or second car infrequently (drive less than 6-8000 miles a year) a car club could save you money and hassle.

If you are concerned about local air pollution, find out more about Healthy Air, a campaign group including Sustrans and Cycling UK who are calling for a new Clean Air Act for the 21st Century.

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February 2017 news

It has been pretty cold recently for cycling, so local cycling events on the ground are pretty scarce, however there is still plenty of news on the cycling front!

With the move of the Colchester Bike Kitchen (CBK) to new premises at 15 Queen Street, this month we talk to Stuart Welham, one of CBK’s founding members, about what motivated him to get involved in setting up CBK.

Combine your love of bikes and art and visit the ‘24 Snapshots of Bikes’ International Photography Exhibition at the Octagon Gallery in Middleborough open until the 31 March.

Still considering new ideas for 2017, could you join Team Re-cycle and help send more bikes to Africa? There are lots of different opportunities to help.

We are still looking for children’s bikes for the Syrian refugee children that are living in Colchester. A variety of bikes for different aged children are needed, so if you have a spare child’s bike please contact us.

Looking forward to the Spring? Consider ‘Ride for Helen’ on the 7 May, a family fund raiser to raise money for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity starting from Hatfield Peverel.

Have you spotted the unusual and colourful new bike parking in Culver Square and Lion Walk?

For anyone with respiratory or heart related health issues, we remind you of the local free airTEXT service that gives alerts when local pollution levels are elevated.

If you have a great idea for encouraging people to be more physically active, there are small grants available from CBC to community groups, organisations and small businesses.

Cycle Colchester’s Pam Nelson is cycling London to Paris to raise funds for St Helena Hospice this September, could you sponsor her?

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December and January news

This month we combine December and January’s update as we won’t be around at the beginning of January.  With much of our newsletter about kids and cycling, 10 year old Halim is in the hot seat this month telling us about his two mile ride to school.

With Christmas almost upon us, and in the spirit of giving, we have several cycle-related suggestions to offer you.

Getting new bikes for the kids for Christmas? Could you donate their old ones to one of the Syrian refugee families recently welcomed into Colchester?

Free suggestions for Christmas gifts to loved ones from Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen plus updates on opening times and Colchester Bike Kitchen’s new location in the New Year.

If one of your New Year resolutions is to get more into cycling, then we offer a couple of suggestions including Learn to Ride sessions you can book directly with Safer Essex Roads Partnership and Mud Sweat & Gears mountain biking.

A bike isn’t just for Christmas – 20mph zones help provide streets that everyone can use and help allow children the freedom and independence a bike is meant to give them. Find out more and how you can lobby your councillor.

More on the campaigning front, we highlight SERP’s Let’s Look Out For Each Other campaign and British Cycling’s petition to lobby for changes to the Highway Code to make junctions safer for cyclists and walkers.

Ending on a positive note, we share with you some encouraging statistics on local cycling.

Season’s Greetings, Happy New Year and we will be back in February.

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November 2016 news

News in brief this month.

Continuing our theme of children and cycling, this month we talk to Camille who tells us about the freedom she feels and the time she is saving now she is cycling to school.

If in the face of the dramatic drop in temperature, your resolve to continue cycling through the winter has wobbled, we share with you some motivational tips and the outcome of two recent studies highlighting the benefits of cycling for your heart.

If you are thinking about bikes as Christmas presents, check out Re-Cycle’s November bike sale.

We upate you on the Colchester and Wivenhoe bike kitchens and what they are up to over the winter. 

Colchester’s first Bike Jumble hosted by ColVelo at The Waiting Room on the 6 November was a great success. We include a photo below. Thanks to Mike Polom for the photo.

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