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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October 2016 news

How quickly the evenings are drawing in! This year it has taken us a bit by surprise, perhaps because September was so warm and it is only now beginning to feel autumnal.

Our October local cyclist is James Alden, who tells us how he has recently learnt to ride, with the help of the Bikeability sessions we offer in the school holidays.

Following the autumnal theme, this month we share a few reminders to help you prepare for cycling in the dark.

If you are usually a fair weather cyclist but fancy seeing if you can cycle all year around this year, we also share tips on how to prepare for cycling in the cold weather.

October the 2nd saw the last event we will attend in 2016. It was great to see so many riders at the St Helena Hospice charity bike ride and the kids painted some fantastic flags made by the helpful Repair and Wear workshop.

If you study or work at the University of Essex we are offering Wednesday afternoon rides throughout October to highlight local routes, boost confidence and at the end of the month, cover riding in the dark and cold weather with our ‘See Me’ sessions.

A recent email exchange reminded us of a scheme available to local organisations and community groups to get some free bike parking that we thought we should share. (Sorry but we have just been notified this scheme has recently ended – we are trying to find out more)

Re-Cycle are holding their next Saturday bike sale on the 29 October between 9am and 1pm. However they are also open for bike sales Monday to Friday 8:30aam – 4:30pm.

Have you ever heard of a Bike Jumble? Hosted by ColVelo, the Colchester Bike Jumble will take place at The Waiting Room on the 6 November 9 – 3pm.

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September 2016 news

This month as part of our promotion of St Helena Hospice’s October 2nd charity bike ride, we interview Christopher Welham who as well as competing for the Track Cycling World Masters Championship also supports St Helena Hospice’s fund raising cycling events.

Cycling with others is lots of fun, if you are interested in becoming a ride leader, Cycling UK is offering a free ride leader workshop on the 10 September.

Also on 10 September, Cycle Colchester will be at the Family Fun Day in Castle Park.

The 14 September is National Cycle to Work day, pledge to cycle for a chance to win a range of exciting prizes.

Find out about a new cycle route between Butt Road and Circular Road and work commencing to replace the bridge between Leisure World and Castle Park.

Do you know anyone in the Clacton area who likes fixing bikes and would be interested in getting involved in a project called Lads Needs Dads which aims to teach boys life skills similar to those that might be passed on by their father or similar supportive male?

More Bikeability courses are coming up in the October half term.

Read a report from the recent Myland Fete where as part of the Best Foot Forward project a cycling extravaganza was on offer.

With the return to school, have you thought about cycling if you don’t already?  Children who walk or cycle tend to arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day.

We love to talk about the weather, but if it is the weather that is putting you off cycling, let Sustrans help you dispel some myths!


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August 2016 news

This month, instead of an interview, we tell you all about the Big Bike Revival and how our local bike kitchens are involved plus we talk to Tristan about how Colchester Bike Kitchen came to his rescue!

If you are interested in the cycle path/bus lane plans for Lexden Road, the new proposals will be available for comment on the 3 Colchester grammar school.

Cycling UK Colchester are holding a 40/40 competition this month to encourage people to join their riding group.

With the beginning of the summer holidays a reminder of fun local activities by bike – the Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail and The Cake Escape.

Cycle Colchester will be working alongside the Colchester Bike Kitchen this month to promote cycling at Culver Square’s Sustainably event and Myland community fete. 

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July 2016 news

This month we talk to new Mayor Cllr Julie Young about the important part cycling has played at different stages of her life.

Cycle Colchester will be at Family fun day for cancer research in Castle Park on Sunday this weekend.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is offering ‘Wednesday is for Women’ drop in sessions throughout July.

Bikeability sessions are available again this summer holiday to help you cycle more confidently whether that is learning to ride, beginning to cycle on quiet roads or fixing your bike.

Coming up next month, Sky Ride Ipswich, Culver Square’s sustainability event and Myland community fete. Plus could you support St Helena’s Hospice’s charity bike ride in October by helping marshal the routes?

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June 2016 news

June is when nationally the country celebrates cycling with Bike Week 11 – 19 June. Here at Cycle Colchester we promote cycling all year around however June is when our busy season of attending summer events really begins

So this month there are plenty of opportunities to get your bike checked out, to take part in bike themed children’s activities and to ask lots of questions about cycling if you visit one of our cycling stalls at local events. Check the ‘upcoming events’ for dates

National Cycling charity CTC has changed its name to Cycling UK and is coordinating hundreds of activities across the UK in June to encourage people back onto a bike. Locally Cycling UK will have led rides for all ages and ability throughout June and July.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen are offering two beginners Bike Maintenance workshops in June. One focused on brakes and another on gears.

Colchester Rovers are running a time trial for beginners as part of Bike Week on the 22 June

We have just updated and revamped our Get On Your Bike leaflet with lots of new information.

The Bike Week theme this year is Cycle to Work, if you want to give it a try this year you could sign up to Love To Ride to log your rides plus there are prizes to be won. We will also be organising ADULT cycle confidence sessions.

If you need some flexible part time work and would enjoy teaching children to cycle safely, Safer Essex Roads Partnership are looking for people willing to train as Bikeability instructors.

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May 2016 news

This month we spoke to the Davies family and found out more about their cycling adventure since theyall  purchased bikes from Re-Cycle last summer.

News in brief. Having just received funding for this year’s promotions, we are busy getting ready for the summer. We will be offering free Dr Bike checks, information and advice stalls and kids activities to keep them busy while we talk to their adults at ten events. More on this next month.

Back to this month, find out more about…

Bikeability Learn to Ride, Bikeability Fix and Bikeability combined levels 1 & 2 sessions which are available this half term.

How you could help Re-Cycle if you have some spare time on your hands.

Rovers grasstrack for under 16’s which started on the 9th May and will run throughout the summer at Shrub End Sports Centre

The Best Foot Forward project – if you live in or off Mile End Road or Bergholt Road

The relaunch of the Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail in High Woods country park.

The Bike Club – a new kids bike hire scheme that helps you keep up with providing the right sized bike for your rapidly growing kids at an affordable price!

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