Bike Wise, a local campaign to raise awareness of cycle security launched on the 3 November. It encourages cyclists to make sure they lock their bikes properly, whether popping into the shops, working or studying in the town centre. Experts tell us that most bike thefts are made by opportunist thieves, targeting unlocked bikes to sell as scrap. 

As part of the Bike Wise campaign both Council and Police will be carrying out work and activity to provide advice to cyclists in order to increase awareness of locking cycles securely. Further advice on locking your cycle securely can be found by clicking this link.

The national Space for Cycling campaign continues. Geared towards creating a safe sustainable cycling environment where anyone can cycle anywhere, the campaign has asked for the Government to commit to £10 per person per year rising progressively to £20, in order to meet German levels of cycling by 2025 and Dutch levels of cycling by 2050.

Local councillors are being called on to pledge their support. If you would like to see your local councillor on the map, it only takes a couple of clicks to encourage them to support the campaign via Make Space for Cycling

Velo! formerly Chapeau has now reopened, with extended opening hours:

Thursday 18:00-21:00
Friday 08:30-16:00
Saturday 08:00-16:00

They are now offering weekly rides for those who like a faster pace, find out more on Strava  or check out their facebook page for regular Alleycats and other events. Why not pop into the shop for a coffee and a chat to find out more.

If you want to get in contact or subscribe for their monthly newsletter email 

CTC Colchester Cycle Champions welcomes well known local cyclist Ben Paton who has recently joined the CTC Essex project to support the formation of 10 Community Cycle Clubs in Colchester and around north Essex. 

Ben has competed at a high level and more recently supported and delivered much of the local bike maintenance training CTC has run over recent years. He also, in his spare time, organises the annual Amis Velo cyclo-cross races at Hilly Fields.

Win a bike with Active Essex! Take a picture of you taking part in sport or physical activity, upload to twitter with #getactiveessex and mention @activeessex and you could win a bike! See Active Essex for details. Closing date is 4 December 2014.

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