As summer appears on the horizon we’ve got a bumper issue of this month’s newsletter to give you something to look forward to

Bike Week
This year Bike Week runs from 30 May – 5th June with the theme of Health & Wellbeing.

Bike week celebrates the joys of cycling and it all kicks off with the World’s Biggest Bike Ride on Sunday 30th May. Whether you go out for a long or a short ride, Cycling UK want to encourage everyone to go out for the day and log your ride for the chance to win prizes.

Each day of the week has a specific theme in the #7DaysofCycling

Find out more and register your rides at the Bike Week website

Big Bike Revival
The Big Bike Revival is all about helping everyone and anyone to begin or return to cycling through a programme of FREE activities and services, delivered by organisations who are part of the community and address local needs.

If you are interested in applying or attending an event please visit the Cycling UK website

Ride for Re~Cycle at this year’s Essex Castle cycling event
Join team Re-Cycle for a great day’s cycling as part of the Essex Castle Cycling Event starting off at Colchester Castle Park on Saturday 24th July 2021.

Re-Cycle Bikes to Africa have secured places at this ever popular event and with the choice of three routes you can opt for 25/50/75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through picturesque villages of North Essex.

The King’s Ride – 25 miles into the Stour Valley.
The Horses Ride – 50 miles to Castle Hedingham.
The Wall Ride – 75 miles to Finchingfield to take tea & cake in this picture postcard village.

If you would like to join team Re-Cycle for this challenge then all we ask that you raise some funds for us so we can continue to change even more lives during 2021. Raise a minimum of £45 which covers the cost of your entry to the ride along with a Re-Cycle training t-shirt. However, if you can raise more that would be awesome as you will be helping the charity to send even more used bicycles to families living in rural communities in Africa.

Some of the Re~Cycle team are taking on the challenge and they’ll be there with their own stand on the day in the grounds of Castle Park. Need any tips on cycling/ fundraising and to sign up please email lindsay.hurrell@re-cycle.org

Places are limited so we encourage you to jump on board and sign up today.

Donate your unwanted bikes to a good cause
Have you been lucky enough to upgrade your trusty steed or are you just having a spring clean? Re~Cycle would be enormously grateful to receive your old bikes. Find out more here

Essex Pedal Power
Essex Pedal Power is a new and exciting community-based project, which allows eligible residents over the age of 12 years in Clacton and Jaywick Sands to apply for a free quality bike to become more active. The pilot scheme will be run in phases throughout 2021-23 and is the first of its kind in Essex. If successful, there is the opportunity to roll this out to other areas in the county. Essex Pedal Power officially launches on Saturday 12th June, where our new orange bikes will be presented to the first successful applicants!

If you’d like to find out more about Essex Pedal Power, please visit: www.activeessex.org/essex-pedal-power

Jaywick to Clacton Cycling Improvements
Cycle improvements are being designed and implemented to improve sustainable travel links and access between Jaywick and Clacton.

The work will be carried out the works in two phases. Phase one will involve improving the existing cycle route from Jaywick sea front to Clacton Pier. Phase two will involve connecting the cycle way from Clacton Pier to Carnarvon Road for access to the train station.

The plan is to design and build phase one in summer 2021 with the aim to complete phase two by the end of March 2022.

A new Active Travel Manifesto for Colchester
Colchester Cycling Campaign and Walk Colchester have jointly drawn up an active travel manifesto to promote walking and cycling in Colchester and it’s gained the support of all four main political parties.
The manifesto calls for new measures including:

  • 20mph speed limits except on major roads
  • More crossing points and steps to reduce traffic
  • The creation of liveable neighbourhoods with restrictions on through traffic
  • And steps to prevent footways being blocked by parked cars

Read the full manifesto here

Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Hub
The brand new CNG Sports Hub opened a few weeks ago and has been really popular with plenty of racing and coaching over the opening weekend and beyond. There was a really cool vibe, and there’s plenty more coming up! If you’re interested in having a ride on the track or using the gym facilities then take a look at the CNG website

As well as club coaching in the evenings with Colchester Rovers, Inter Bike and VC Revolution there’s lots of school coaching during the day too with Myland Primary School, East Bergholt Primary School and Queen Boudica Primary School. Almost 200 riders took to the track in the just the first week of opening and we’re really pleased to see such a fantastic local facility being used.

Living Streets working with ECC
ECC have just started working with Living Streets, offering that WOW travel tracker scheme to all primary-aged schools in Essex. Three in Colchester have already signed up (Kendall, Friar’s Grove and Heathlands Primaries), and I’ve sent an invite out this afternoon to all the remaining primaries, infant and junior schools. A bit of cross-promotion from Cycle Colchester might help, even if it just means the odd interested parent prods their child’s school.

WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It’s all completely free, and they can sign up using this link.

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