23 May to 7 June BIG BIKE REVIVAL
The UK’s Big Bike Revival has been taking place around the country to help people get their unloved bike back into use. If your bike needs a bit of attention, the following is on offer in Colchester this weekend:

Friday 5 June FREE Dr Bike at Velo Cycling and Coffee
Bring your bike in for a free detailed check over between 8:30 – 1pm. Velo in Church Walk, off Head St, will be offering this service on the 1st Friday of each month, so to follow 3 July, 7 August etc.

Saturday 6 June FREE Dr Bike at Monkwick Fun Day
Neil Allen will be on hand between 10am and 4pm to give your bike a free health check.

Saturday 6 June – Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen Bike Maintenance for Beginners course starting at 10am.
Contact bicyclewiv@gmail.com to book your place. Course covers tyres, how to make quick and easy adjustments to gears and brakes and where to oil (and more importantly where not to oil) to keep your bike running smoothly. £8 waged, £3 unwaged. 2 hours.

This is all in the lead up to National Bike Week that takes place between the 13 – 21 June.

13 to 21 June –  Bike Week

Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as part of daily life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work, school and the local shops, or just to visit friends.

The main events take place from 13-21 June, and if you belong to a club with weekly rides that welcomes newcomers, there’s still time to register details on the Bike Week website.

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work.

8 to 28 June – Love To Ride Challenge

Love to Ride is a national fun, free workplace challenge that anyone can take part in. It’s not just your cycle to work that counts – you can ride anywhere, anytime, for just ten minutes or more to participate. So it’s great for getting new people into cycling. If you love to ride, then spread the love and get your friends and workmates riding. Find out more at National Cycle Challenge

15 to 28 June –  Active Essex Cycle Challenge

If you prefer something local and some more time to get organised, Active Essex is also running a free workplace Cycle Challenge between the 15-28 June with lots of fabulous prizes to win. Essex Workplace Challenge

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 4pm – STREET WISE
A new event for Colchester, Street Wise is offering all things ‘street’ and more, for families to enjoy for free this summer – in a bid to help local people become more streetwise about their health and well-being. You could also take part in an attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Street Dance!

Cycle Colchester will be there with Pulp Friction, our cycle-powered smoothie maker, so please come and say hello – and cycle yourself a smoothie! Street dance, street food and street sports are just some of the other free activities and attractions on offer from 10am-4pm at Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road.

The health and well-being show also offers a jam-packed schedule of fun, suitable for all ages, including an inflatable assault course from The Parachute Regiment, video animation workshop, beauty treatment tasters, well-being workshops including yoga and Tai Chi, plus a mini farmers market and cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring healthy recipes to try at home.

Saturday 13 June, 9:30am to 3pm – COLCHESTER YOUNG CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL at Hollytrees Meadow, Upper Castle Park

Colchester Cycle Champions will be there with information about their weekly rides for families and cycling returners. They’ll also be offering a choice of bikes for children to try out.

Workshops this year include crafty Nicola Burrell, making 3D plates of food, a Silly Sporting Obstacle Race from Footprints Theatre and Valerie Osment helping you to make a Totally Tasty Fruit and Veggie Tea Towel. Sounds like FUN! All the other usual attractions will be there including the funfair, face painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area, and Barnardo’s Children’s Centre with fun and games.ace painting, Hospital Radio, Colchester Toy Library’s play area and Barnardo Children’s Centres with fun and games plus Ready 2 Play soft play area for babies and toddlers

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 4pm – Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Open all day to kick start National Bike Week. Regular drop ins continue Monday evenings 7pm to 9pm & Saturday afternoons 2pm to 4pm.

FREE checks & tune ups @ Wiv Farmers’ Mkt, Congregational Hall 20 June 9.30 – 12.30.

Modeshift STARS – Schools awards scheme for sustainable travel comes to Essex

Sustrans has been awarded funding to co-ordinate the Essex activities of Modeshift STARS – the national schools awards scheme established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel and in so doing, improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Please spread the word in Colchester and elsewhere in Essex.

Any Essex school that is interested in taking part can register online at ModeShiftStars

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