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December 2015 news

It’s December, the Christmas lights are on, it’s dark by 4pm and the temperature has definitely dropped to a more wintery feeling.

This month we interview Roger Springett, teacher at The Gilberd and lifelong cyclist.

If you are thinking ahead to Christmas, and a bike or some useful cycling accessories is on your wish list, why not support one of our local independent bike retailers who can give you friendly advice on what would suit you best.

If a new bike is too pricey, pop along to Re-Cycle for a great refurbished second hand bike. They are open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 4:30pm, closing 23rd December for the Christmas period and reopening on the 4th January.

We haven’t mentioned the Colchester Rovers for a while; they have lots going on in December, read more below.

Plus there is all the regular support available, with the Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens open to help you repair your bike and the regular CTC rides, for gentle rides with others.

Do you live in the Stanway area? Funding has been awarded for cycle route improvements and ECC are holding a public consultation to get residents' views on their proposed plans for Stanway on the 10th December.

Do you know someone who has never learnt to cycle, but would like to? Good news this month is that the Safer Essex Roads Partnership have funding to offer 15 adults and children a ‘Learn to Ride’ session.

Velo Cycling and Coffee is closed until January, due to major electrical work being undertaken, keep an eye on their facebook page to find out when they are open again.

Looking further afield, we have picked out three national and international stories of interest to share with you.

Colchester Rovers offer a number of activities over the winter months if you like the sportier side of cycling.

  • Cyclo-X training, suitable for all abilities, takes place on alternate Saturdays at 09:30 (next session 12th December) at Hilly Fields.
  • Roller and turbo training, open to all ages is on every Thursday at Colchester stadium at 18:30, however you need your own turbo/rollers and bike.
  • Weather permitting there are long distance,  fast rides every weekend.
    • Saturday morning, around 40-50 miles at 15mph with a cake stop
    •  Sunday morning, 50 miles plus at 18mph.

For more details about all of these activities visit the Rovers facebook group.

The Stanway cycle package public consultation is being held at Stanway School in Winstree Road between 4 and 8pm on the 10th December. The cycle improvements package will offer either segregated or on road designated cycling facilities for cyclists who are not confident to cycle on the road. Try and go along if you live or regularly cycle through the area, as views from local cyclists are important to make sure the right facilities are implemented.

Bikeability ‘Learn to Ride’ sessions are for children or adults who are unable to cycle. This includes those struggling to master the skill, children who are ready to make the move to riding with pedals after Bikeability Balance, or adults who have never learnt to cycle.

There are 15 places available on a first come first served basis. The single session will be for 45 minutes at a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2. If you or someone you know would be interested in this please email roadsafety@essexhighways.org .

Bringing you some articles of interest from outside Colchester..

Carrying on the Christmas theme, if you fancy something cycle related but a bit different this Christmas, London Cyclist has put together a list of interesting gadgets, equipment and accessories that you might like to add to your Christmas wish list!

If you do buy a new bike for Christmas, then keeping it secure is a priority. We came across this video by CityPolice which really illustrates why investing in a decent D- lock is essential plus gives some useful advice.

Finally a town in Italy is piloting a new scheme which will financially incentivise some of its residents to cycle as part of its efforts to make the area ‘more liveable’ Cycle mileage will be measured using smartphone aps. Cyclists will be paid 25 cents per km travelled up to a monthly cap of 50 euros (£35) The scheme will be financed from parking ticket fines. Read more about this interesting pilot to incentivise cycling

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Irena Banham tells us how her son Zak has encouraged both of his parents to become a bit obsessed with cycling, and how it’s now proving a great way for her to beat congestion on the school run. More

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