Fancy a challenge next year?

St Helena Hospice have places available in the 60 mile London 2 Cambridge cycle on 25th July 2021. You’ll ride from the White Water Centre in north London to Jesus Green in Cambridge, with the route winding through the peaceful country lanes of Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire (via refreshment stops along the way!)

St Helena have 8 places left and they’re free to register for those supporting the hospital with a minimum sponsorship target of £150 per rider.

If you’d like to register or find out more get in touch with Sarah at St Helena

How are you travelling this autumn?
Autumn is here and Stop.Swap.GO! is continuing to support Essex residents to build long term sustainable travel habits towards walking, cycling and using the bus.

The weather at times can be off putting, particularly if you are not prepared for it. So Stop.Swap.GO! are encouraging families and children to get familiar with the road safety tips on the SERP website and help build travel confidence and preparedness across Essex.

Waterproofs and good footwear are a must and the visibility of cyclists is also important, so make sure you have good working front and rear lights when out on the road. Check out the government guidelines on cycle lighting to make sure your bike is compliant.

The 60 Day Challenge participants are showing that there’s no such thing as bad weather if you’re prepared and are making sure to get out and either walk or cycle to complete their daily tasks. Almost 50 participants have won prizes since the beginning of the challenge and there are still plenty more to be won over the coming weeks.

Push yourself and your families to remain active this autumn come rain or shine and join the 60 Day Challenge. Register now on the website and follow the campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is offering free comprehensive safety checks including minor repairs and adjustments at every session. Arrive at the start to drop your bike off at 2pm on Sundays and 7pm on Mondays and it will be ready for collection two hours later. This is part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival with a chance to win a £500 bike.

Our usual ‘do-it-together’ sessions are currently suspended. Please wear a face covering. For more info

Colchester Bike Kitchen
Colchester Bike Kitchen are changing their opening hours over winter and to comply with the new Tier 2 restrictions. They will be open every Saturday afternoon in November from 12-3pm, but will be closed on Wednesdays and will be shut in December too while they prepare for 2021.

Winstree Road Street Trials
Sustrans and Essex County Council have been working together with the local community around Winstree Road to develop designs to help tackle some of the problems that the local community told us the street faces. In June 2019 we carried out a number of community engagement events and they told us that congestion at peak times, bad parking and pedestrian safety were key concerns.

In November 2019 we carried out the first phase of trial changes to the street layout aimed at addressing these issues. We gained lots of valuable feedback from local residents and road users.

We have used this feedback to refine the design for changes to the street. Before making any permanent changes to the layout of the street, a second phase of street trials has recently taken place. Trialling the design allows us to gain community feedback and undertake traffic surveys to determine if the changes are successful in making Winstree Road a better and safer place.

The Sustrans team made some changes to Winstree Road at Fiveways Primary School. We installed some barriers to prevent problem parking, painted colourful graphics on the ground to depict crossing points and introduced a 20mph speed limit.

We are now collecting feedback from the local community which will be used to inform the concept designs for infrastructure changes on Winstree Road. Visit our online consultation space for more information:

Love to Ride Winter Wheelers
Love to Ride have some great tips for staying warm, dry and safe as the weather gets cooler and the nights draw in. With some basic equipment riding in winter can be fun and rewarding, so head over to the Love to Ride site to find out more

Essex CC
Essex County Council are waiting to hear from central Government about their bid for the Emergency Active Travel Fund. If they’re successful, that means an investment of upto £9m in Colchester’s active travel infrastrcture. Plenty of info on this is found here on the Essex Highways website, including those specific to Colchester.

Switch off to take care of your air
CAReless Pollution is a new Colchester-wide campaign encouraging drivers to switch off their engines while they wait at traffic lights, level crossings or outside schools to reduce air

Scientific research shows that air pollution inside a car with the engine running is up to seven times higher than the air pollution outside the car. There is strong evidence that links air pollution to heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer.

Switching off your car engine is a simple action that brings health benefits to everyone inside the car. For more information and to get involved:

Short bits
Lighting up in winter – As the nights draw in, are you ready to keep riding in winter? Cycling Uk have you covered with some tips and a reminder of what you’re legally required to have on your bike in the dark. Light it up!

British winner of Giro – East London’s Tao Geoghegan-Hart has just won one of cycling’s three biggest races – the Giro d’Italia! Only the second Brit to do it, and at just 24 years old. Chapeau, Tao!

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