Crossing removal – If you are not already aware, Essex County Council is proposing to remove the signalised controlled pedestrian and cyclist crossing on Colne Bank Avenue that links the cycle route from the Essex Hall Roundabout to the cycle route leading to Sheepen Road, Colchester Institute, St Helena’s school and Hilly Fields. They are proposing providing an alternative crossing point nearer the entrance to Sheepen Road off  the Avenue of Remembrance. This removes the direct desire line for many cyclists going between north and the west side of the town who do not want to cycle on the road. Full details of the public notice can be found on the Essex County Council website For more information from the local cycling community see the Cycle Colchester facebook page. Although the deadline for feedback is Friday 6th March, if you feel strongly about this proposal, please still respond to Essex County Council at quoting reference TRAF/4741.


The Rovers are offering road race training for young advanced riders, over 10 years old on a Monday evening at Colchester stadium throughout March. If you are more of a beginner, join a training session at Prettygate School on Saturday mornings.

In addition to their regular weekend club riders, the Rovers have also introduced a midweek evening ride.

Keep an eye on the Rovers facebook pages for more information.

Re-Cycle who moved to Wormingford last year, will now be open on the last Saturday of the  month from 09:00 – 13:00 for bike sales and dropping off your unwanted bikes. They will still be open Monday to Friday 9 to 16:00. In case you don’t have their new address it is:

Re-Cycle (Bikes to Africa)

Unit 8 The Grove Estate

Colchester Road



Velo! Cycling and Coffee have new opening hours:

Monday 18:00 – 21:00

Thursday 18:00 – 21:00

Friday 08:30 – 16:00

Saturday 08:00 – 17:00

Velo! Continues to run maintenance courses, if you are interested in finding out more contact (yes it is co not com!)

ColVelo is a new venture, working in partnership with Velo! Coffee and Cycling,  that aims to offer something a little different to the cycling community in Colchester and North Essex. ColVelo is all about the ride and aims to offer interesting and varied routes exploring our fantastic countryside. The ColVelo team love cycling and everything that goes with it, the history, the stories, the bikes and the people to name but a few. Offering rides at weekends of varying lengths, Col Velo want feedback and ideas from its growing community to add to the diversity of its rides. Check them out at ColVelo

EcoRaceEssex is a joint Sustrans and Essex County Council initiative to promote active travel for the journey to school throughout Essex. To find out more about how your school can join in this free and fun initiative, check out ecoraceessex or contact Aba at or on 0758 408 7182.

If you haven’t ridden all winter and feel your bike needs a health check, Colchester Cycle Champions in partnership with Leisure World and ATW Cycles are offering two Dr Bike sessions  in April. Turn up between 11am and 3pm on the 2nd or 9th April and receive a free Dr Bike check on a first come first served basis.

If you need a bit of a confidence boost to get back on your bike, come along to one of Colchester Cycling Champions rides for a gentle introduction back into cycling. Newcomers are always welcome. Rides start from Leisure World.

  • Every Wednesday nice introductory rides at 11am
  • Saturday gentle family rides at 11am – check with the group for dates
  • Every Sunday at 9.30 – longer day rides with the local CTC Member group [link to CTC Colchester} who do sterling work for cycling

One just for the chaps, if you or someone you know would like a FREE health check, local charity CHAPS is holding a men’s health check day at Weston Homes Community Stadium on 26 March. This year as well as offering prostrate, heart, abdominal aneurysm checks they are also offering skin cancer, physio and sports injuries checks. You can turn up in the morning and be given an appointment on a first come first served basis, but afternoon appointments can be pre-booked online at ChapsSimplyBook


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