This month we’ve got a bumper issue including updates from our friends at local charity Re~Cycle,  the exciting work Sustrans are doing at Winstree Road, how to get involved with Colchester Cycling Campaign and some news from local cycle clubs. We’ve also included some other interesting articles we’ve found over the last month that are worth a read.

This month’s interview is with Catherine and Stuart Johnson, and why cycling puts a smile on their faces! Read their interview here

Grab a cup of tea and read on…

Winstree Rd- Community Led Street Design project update from Sustrans:
We’re really excited to share details of our on-street community engagement pop-up activities to accompany the first round of street trials along Winstree/Chapel Road, Stanway, which will be taking place from the 11th November – 25th November 2019. Please do pop-along to a drop-in activity to have your say, or feedback independently using display boards at each trial site during the trial period.

For more details of activity locations and timings see this Facebook post

And a big thank you to Stanway Library, Little Hands Children’s Centre, East of England Co-op, the Cycle Colchester Campaign and the Clean Air Team (Colchester Borough Council), as well as the four local schools- all of whom will be supporting our activities in the coming weeks!

During the trial period (and beyond) we encourage school users to take advantage of their school’s park & stride arrangements and enjoy the short, safe and convenient walk/cycle/scoot to school!

We look forward to seeing you at a trial soon and hearing what you think.

For more info, visit: @Sustrans_East,, or email

A message from Re~Cycle
We’ve had an incredible 2019, and thanks to our supporters and donors we’ve been able to send 21 containers (over 10,500) bikes and spare parts to our partnerships in Africa.

Enriching the lives of those less fortunate, by giving them the independence of a bike really does change lives.  Our bikes provide increased access to education, healthcare and livelihoods.

We have received over 14,500 bikes at our warehouse this year and since we started in 1998 have sent over 111,000 bikes. Imagine where those bikes may have ended up if we hadn’t received them?

On Monday 11th November – 9th December we launch our social media “Prize Draw” and are asking you to support Re-Cycle by taking part. The winner will receive a brand new Boardman Hybrid adult bike, which has been kindly donated by our Patron Chris Boardman.   Please help us to help others by sharing our competition amongst friends, family and work colleagues.  For further information  @bicyclecharity

St Helena Hospice Cycle Challenges
Fancy a big cycle challenge? St Helena have two coming up that could be for you:

  • London 2 Cambridge – 26th July 2020
  • Vietnam to Cambodia – 6th -17th February 2021

They are holding an information evening on Tuesday 26th November 2019  from 6-8pm at the Education Centre behind the main hospice for anyone who’d like to find out more about how they can join the team.

Find out more and book a space for the free information evening on their website.

Did you know that Colchester Cycling Campaign has an email newsgroup?
If you’d like regular updates on cycling matters, plus an easy way to add your view to the debate, please email

You can also find out a bit more on their website

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen NEW Winter Opening Hours – slight shift on Sundays, open 2pm to 4; Mondays the same 7pm to 9.

On 18 November we’ll be open a bit later while we go and join other local groups to show support to Wivenhoe Town Council who have been asked to declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency. So the workshop will be open from 8pm to 9pm that day.

We’re grateful to Essex County Council for funding a good sized notice board that we’ll soon be putting up outside the Bike Kitchen to promote bicycle and active travel related news, events and information – send us posters by email and we’ll print off for display

An update from local cycle clubs

Colchester-based VC Revolution Cycling Club recently held a club track session at the Velodrome in East London, which hosted the 2012 Olympic track cycling events. A mixture of experienced and novice track riders from the club enjoyed a two-hour coached session.

The club organises regular rides, including their weekly Saturday club run, which meets in Colchester for an approximate 35-mile loop with a café stop. Further details can be found on the club’s website or via Twitter @VC_Revolution.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 1st December the club will be holding a day of cyclo-cross races at Hilly Fields in Colchester as part of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League for under 10s and 12s, youths, juniors, veterans, senior women and men categories. The race headquarters is at St Helena School, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LE. Advance entry is available on-line via the British Cycling web site, usually opening 3 weeks before the race and closing on the Tuesday before.

Our annual Christmas club ride will take place on Saturday 14 December 2019, rolling out from Crouch Street Bakes, Colchester at 0900 hours. The route is 55km long, finishing at the Haywain near Little Bromley for brunch – celebratory beers optional!

The aim of our Christmas ride is to consolidate the Saturday and Sunday gang, occasional riders and also curious bystanders who might fancy joining the club in 2020. The pace will be inclusive to accommodate this wide range (circa 24km/hr). Please note mudguards are compulsory, although fancy dress, baubles and tinsel are optional but encouraged!

Please sign up on our Strava page, where we’ll be happy to answer any questions about the ride or the club in general!

Stuff we’ve found

Workplace parking levy
Nottingham’s workplace parking levy charges drivers a yearly fee for a parking space, and the council use that money to improve the town. Air quality has improved drastically and carbon dioxide emissions have dropped by a quarter since 2015. Read more about it here

An updated guide to cycle lighting regulations
With the nights drawing in (and darker mornings) it’s even more important to make sure you’re well lit up on the roads. Not only is it illegal, but some decent lights should give you half a chance of being seen! The good news is Cycling UK have us covered with this handy guide of all the latest rules and regulations around lighting. Read it here

How safe is your bike?
While we’re at it, Essex police have ten helpful tips on how to keep your bike from being stolen, and what to do if the worst does happen. (Colchester Bike Kitchen are still offering free BikeRegister marking too, by the way!)

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