If you haven’t already signed up for the St Helena Hospice charity bike ride on the 2nd October, then check it out. With a choice of 4 circular routes through the beautiful Dedham countryside, a family friendly 5 mile route is also included ensuring there is something for everyone.

Free Ride Leader Workshop, Essex Business School: University of Essex Colchester Campus, 9.30am-3.30pm, Saturday 10 September 2016 offered as part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival.

Cycling with others is lots of fun and you can lead the way by attending one of Cycling UK’s free on-road Ride Leader workshops. To ensure they get more people in the saddle and cycling, a stipulation of this free Ride Leader workshop is that participants must lead one Cycling UK Big Bike Revival led ride in their local area, for local cyclists, at a pace and on a route that the Ride Leader chooses during the weeks of 15-30 October 2016.

“Learn and Lead” takes confident cyclists through the necessary steps to lead a ride in their local area in their own way, benefiting from the advice and input of fellow Ride Leaders and workshop facilitators to think through the practical and bureaucratic measures involved.  Experienced Ride Leaders: we would like you to pass on your knowledge, whilst learning tips and ideas from others.

What you will take away from the day:

  • Increased confidence in leading a group ride
  • Ride Leader workshop pack and essential documentation
  • Cycling UK Ride Leader workshop certificate
  • Cycling UK goodie bag
  • Lunch and refreshments

If you are interested in taking part in the one-day Ride Leader Workshop please register your interest now.  

10 September – Cycle Colchester at Family Fun Day – we will be offering our free flag making activity, as well as information and advice on all aspects of cycling. Find out more about the Family Fun Day.

14 September – National Cycle to Work day aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

According to the census data, 741,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly – this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day’s help the aim is to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond! By 2021, it is hoped to see one million people regularly commuting to work by bike.

National Cycle to Work day is promoted by Cyclescheme UK, Cyclescheme Ireland and Halfords

There are lots of exciting prizes to be won in exchange for pledging plus a photo competition. Over 30,000 people have pledged to cycle to work on the 14 September so far, please help up this number and pledge today here!

News about local routes A new cycle route opened last week between Butt Road (opposite Beaconsfield Avenue) and Circular Road. It provides a good cut-through from the ladder streets and Maldon Road, Lexden Road over towards Mersea Road.

Works are taking place from 1 September to 15 December to replace the shared bridge from Castle Park to Leisure World. The new bridge is being constructed on a different alignment to the existing, so upon completion of the new bridge, the existing footbridge is to be demolished and the area of park-land is to be reinstated. Access will be maintained at all times throughout the work.

Half term Bikeability courses We’ll be offering more Bikeability courses over half term, on Monday 24 October and Tuesday 25 October. Choose from the following sessions:

  • Learn to Ride – 45 minute session for total beginners, 1-1 with instructor
  • Level 1 – 2 hours learning basic control skills (not on road)
  • Level 2 – 6 hours on road, how to deal with traffic on short journeys

The training will be at the Thomas Lord Audley School, and each course costs just £5 per learner. Find out more and request a place at Colchester Travel Plan Club.

Lads Need Dads is an important project in Tendring which starts this month and aims to teach boys the life skills that might be passed on by their father or similar supportive male role model. Bike workshops are on their list of requests. If you know anyone who lives in the Clacton area, can fix bikes and would be interested in getting involved in the project contact Sonia Shaljean, Programme Manager  on 01255 435591 or  07922 094250 or email ladsneeddads@gmail.com

Find out more about the charity at Lads Need Dads

Report from Myland Fete

Cycling was a major attraction at Myland Fete on Bank Holiday Monday. As well as the regular Cycle Colchester stall giving out maps and information, there was a Try A Cycle show, funded by the Best Foot Forward project in Mile End, with 25 weird and wonderful bikes of all sizes to try out. Visitors also had a chance to talk to Christopher Welham who brought along the new track bike that he’ll be riding in the Track Cycling World Masters Championship in October. The Dr Bike service was provided by ATW Cycles and Colchester Bike Kitchen and the lovely weather meant that our cycle-powered smoothie maker was as popular as ever!

Could you cycle the school run? With the average primary school journey being just 1.5 miles, one in five cars on the road during the morning peak are doing the school run. If you fancy trying a healthier, more active school run this year with your kids, Sustrans offer loads of useful information and tips for cycling (and walking and scootering) to school.

Bad weather is often a concern that puts people off cycling,  but there is a lot of misinformation out there. Sustrans look at some of the myths about bad weather and cycling to see if they’re really true.


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