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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!

Fun days out by bike

If you are looking for things to do over the summer holidays,  just a reminder of The Cake Escape, a fun way to visit participating cycle friendly cafes and collect stamps towards your free slice of cake!

There is also the Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail in High Woods country park, a 4 mile trail where you work out the answer to clues to find the location of the treasure.

With such beautiful beaches on our doorstep, why not combine bike and train for a trip to the Sunshine Coast of Clacton, Walton on the Naze or Frinton?

Or check out the cycle network in Colchester and work out a route to have your own fun day out by bike to Leisure World, Castle Park, Hilly Fields, Charter Wood, Friday Wood etc.

Bikeability

We are working in partnership with Safer Essex Roads Partnership to offer Learn to Ride and Bikeability Level 1&2 courses for children and adults this summer in Colchester.

The courses will take place at the Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium just off Berechurch Road and conveniantly located off the Garrison and Boadicea Cycle route. The combined Level 1 & 2 sessions will be FREE and the Learn to Ride just £10 per participant. (£5 if you live on or off Layer Road - including Shrub End & St Michaels)

Bikeability Learn to Ride  - 45 minute session for one or two children or adults who are unable to ride.

21st August pm & 22nd August pm

Bikeability combined levels 1 and 2 - Suitable for age 9 to adults - Preparing for cycling on quiet roads, road positioning, communication with road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

21st August am & 22nd August am (attendance on both days required, 8 hour course in total)

If we are oversubscribed we could organise further sessions on the 23rd and 24th August.

If you are interested in booking onto these courses please email saferessexroads@essexhighways.org

If you are unable to make these dates, please ensure you are signed up to our monthly e-newsletter so that you receive details of future courses.

12th August – Suffolk Crafted Classique Sportive

Continuing to build on the past 3 years’ success, the Crafted Classique blends beautiful surroundings with a selection of exciting routes suitable for all abilities, quality local produce and a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. Join in as an individual, family or a cycling club.

Challenge yourself to cycle 55km, 100km or 100miles through the stunning Suffolk landscape and picturesque coastal scenes. Beginning at the historic Ipswich Marina with its unique maritime architecture, rolling out across the Suffolk countryside through idyllic towns and villages. The 100mile course stretches all the way up to Aldeburgh on the Heritage Coast, before returning to the Neptune Marina finishing line for live music, fresh cider and beer, a post-ride massage and complimentary hog roast.

Visit Suffolk Crafted Classique for more information

28th August - Myland Fete midday – 4pm

Myland Fete is a great day out, with loads of entertainment, good food to eat and stalls to browse. Cycle Colchester will be there. Bring your bike along for a free check, let the kids decorate a colourful cycling flag, try out some bikes, and chat to us about cycling!

Sunday 8th October St Helena Hospice Charity Bike Ride

St Helena’s Hospice’s annual fund raising charity bike ride takes place on Sunday 8th October. It offers four brand new routes of 10,25,50 and 75 miles through beautiful countryside. The ride starts and finishes at Dedham.

As well as wanting people to take part in the ride they also need a team of marshals, to ensure the safety of the cyclists

If you are keen to get involved please call Wendy or Lisa on Tel: 01206 931468.

Read more about the charity bike ride.

#TooCloseForComfort - Close pass mats are changing perceptions

In March 2017, Cycling UK launched their #TooCloseForComfort campaign, which had a phenomenal response from the cycling community. Since then, 33 out of 45 police forces across the UK, including Essex have been quick to adopt the campaign and have literally been rolling out mats and educating drivers on safe distances to pass cyclists on the roads. West Midlands Police, who were one of the first forces to support this campaign, have witnessed a 50% reduction in the number of reported close pass cases.

Have you noticed an improvement in the space vehicle drivers give you when they overtake you on your bike?

Read more about the campaign on Cycling UK’s website

Eco Race – Colchester Winners!

Congratulations to local primary schools Montgomery Junior and St Lawrence CoE who were winners in the summer term Essex schools Eco Race, a competition to promote active travel to school.

Montgomery junior won the KS2 highest % Active Travel and St Lawrence CoE primary KS1 won the lowest % of car use.

Montgomery Junior KS2 also won the category for highest % Active Travel for the overall year having participating in all three term’s competitions.

If you are concerned about the impact of the number of cars dropping off at your school, then suggest your school gets involved in the Eco Race. It is a fun, free and easy to run competition which encourages every pupil to note down how they travel to school. Those who choose active travel to school (cycling, walking and scooting) receive higher scores.

Find out more about the Eco Race.

Mile End Road Cycle Path

Colchester Cycling Campaign (CCC) want to make it easier for people aged 8 to 80 to ride a bike to work, school, the shops or just to meet friends. They press our councils to provide better infrastructure and conditions for cyclists, with funds coming from public expenditure and companies involved in new developments.

One such campaign centred around the controversial Mile End cycle path. You can read about the outcome of that campaign on the Cycling UK website

CCC are a little unconventional (their words!) in that they are a "democracy by participation", so if you want a say, get involved by writing letters, talking to councillors or running a stall. If you are interested in finding out more, newcomers are welcome and they meet on the third Monday of each month except August, at 8pm in the Old New Inn, Chapel Street South, Colchester (just south of the town centre).

Find out more about Colchester Cycling Campaign.

‘Project Wild Thing’ – Reconnecting children with nature – screening at Firstsite Wednesday 30th August 6pm-7.45pm.

Best Foot Forward (http://bffcolchester.org.uk/) in partnership with Huathe present a FREE screening of the acclaimed film ‘Project Wild Thing’ at Firstsite on Wednesday 30th August.

This film, that the Guardian says ‘will change your life’, was inspired by worried dad, David Bond, who made this engaging and humorous film to record his attempt to reconnect his own children, and indeed all of Britain’s children, with nature.

So, if you feel your kids spend way too much time indoors and if you feel their lives are becoming far too dominated by screens then come and watch this film that could indeed give you the inspiration to  ‘change your life’

For a sneak preview watch the trailer http://www.thewildnetwork.com/film

The film will run from 6pm till 7.45pm with time afterwards to chat to local providers of nature connection activities. The screening is free and you don’t need to book!

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