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 the full interview here.

New website
You’ll have probably noticed by now that we’ve got a new website. We hope it’ll be faster, more useful and easier to navigate, but please do get in touch if you have any feedback or find any issues.

Re~Cycle
It’s always nice to remind you that Re~Cycle have many fully refurbished bikes for sale that all come with a 60 day warranty! They’re open from 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday and if you can’t make it during the week, they are also open on the last Saturday of every month from 9am – 1pm. The next Saturday sale is the 27th July. Re~Cycle are a non-profit organisation, meaning 100% of the sales goes back into our core funding to enable the charity to send bikes to Africa.  For further information about the charity visit www.re-cycle.org

Cycling Charter Launch
Last Sunday the Colchester Cycling Charter was officially launched outside The Minories gallery, with a talk from Colchester Cycling Campaign member Stuart Johnson on why the Charter is so important to a happy, healthy town. He pointed out that Colchester isn’t alone in its problems with congestion and pollution, but it can solve them through cycling – and we couldn’t agree more! You can read his full speech online here, and if you haven’t done so already you can sign the charter at their website.

Essex Castle Bike Ride
Fancy a challenge? The Essex Castle Bike Ride on Saturday 20th July offers a 25, 50 or 75 circular route taking in picturesque quiet country lanes of Essex (and some castles!) All routes start and finish in Castle Park, rolling out from 8-10am depending on which route you choose. Entry is £21 per person (or £20.50 if you’re in a team), kids are just £10, and the organisers would love to see people use the opportunity to challenge themselves and raise a bit of money for charity in the process.

Find out more about the route and book your place online here

Essex Ride 100
There’s three routes available for this popular charity sportive across the quiet villages and farmlands of Essex. Rolling out from Colchester Community Stadium on Sunday 1st September, there’s the 39 and 68 mile routes, and then the full 102 mile “champion” ride tailored for experience sportive riders or those of you who are looking for a challenge to train for. All monies raised are in aid of Action Medical Research for Children. Find out more, register for the ride, and get your sponsorship pack on the ride website here.

Bike Kitchens
The Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens are open as always! Wivenhoe are open every Monday 7-9pm and Sunday 3-5pm. Colchester are open every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm and every first and third Saturday from 1-4pm. Colchester Bike Kitchen are also offering FREE cycle security marking for the rest of July and August, and will be running a special bike marking event at CBK on Saturday 27th July. Find out full details on their facebook page.

Calling all Ride Leaders!
Colchester Bike Kitchen are looking to hear from Colchester based ride leaders to help out with a special led ride in September. Details of the ride will follow soon, but if you’re able to help out or would like to know more for now then get in touch!

Learn to Ride and Bikeability
Get your cycle confidence back, or learn to ride for the first time with these courses offered by Safer Essex Road Partnership. Whether you’re young or old, a total newbie or someone who’d just like to get some extra training there’s something for everyone. Courses are just £10 and are being held at Queen Boudica Primary School in Mile End. Book your place here.

Winstree Rd Community-Led Street Design
The sustainable travel charity Sustrans in partnership with Essex County Council invites the local community to collaborate and innovate to make Winstree Rd better! Join them for a pop-up activity near you and have your say on how the street can be improved.

Or take part Online using the links below:
Survey: https://communitymap.uk/project/16
Mapping Tool: https://communitymap.uk/project/18
To get in touch: willow.mitchell@sustrans.org.uk

Things that’ve caught our eye:
Cycling UK Dutch Reach
35% of drivers admit to not checking for cyclists before opening their car door. Cycling UK are promoting the “Dutch Reach” technique – open the driver’s door with your left hand instead of your right to always check over your shoulder and avoid a car-dooring
Read more

“MPs must stop prioritising cars over people if we are to stand a chance of meeting climate goals” – or so says Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald, and we’re inclined to agree…
Read the full article

A guide to inclusive cycling – this is quite a chunky document but it’s well worth a read to get a better understanding of the challenges facing disabled cyclists, and what we can do to be more inclusive.
Read the guide

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