Removing barriers to cycling in Chelmsford, Essex

Something interesting has been happening quietly in the town in the last few months. Bit by bit, a long-established part of the transport network has been dismantled.
Two bollards to Chelmsford where once were ugly barriers

CTC was delighted to be involved with Essex County Council, whose key officer in the county town of Chelmsford, now a city, aimed to transform some of the obstacles that cyclists complain about on their journeys.

ECC identified a number of sites where physical barriers had been in place for generations. Nobody could remember quite why they had been installed and nobody could see a really good reason to have them, but it was far harder to find a way of removing them than might appear.

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Want help to look after your bike now it is officially autumn?

15 October 2013
With Bike Maintenance one of this week's Cycling Weekly top 40 tips to keep you cycling through autumn and winter, there's plenty of courses on offer from CTC.
People getting close up to the bike in Essex

It’s the autumn, so when there’s less opportunity to get out at night, what about giving yourself a bit of extra confidence when it comes to fixing a puncture?

We’ve got two evening sessions planned in Colchester in November, four in Chelmsford and more training courses in Yorkshire too:

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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

Jaywick Summer cycling taster day

Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)

Jaywick Community cycling display at Golf Green Hall from 1pm.

CTC will be taking lots of bikes and trailers for families to try. Lots of cycling fun for the children and we'll be encouraging everyone to join our Thursday morning rides over the summer holidays.

Pedal-powered smoothies will be delicious, especially after a quick one-minute cycle to drive the mixer.

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Police officers patrolling on bikes in Colchester

2 July 2014
Essex Police has introduced a major programme of regular patrols by bicycle in Colchester, in the run up to the Tour de France hitting Essex.
Police get on their bikes in Colchester

Following high-profile incidents police officers have been called in to increase the patrols and police presence in Colchester.

As a result the Command team have utilised continuous and highly-visible cycle patrols, which have received a highly positive response from residents. 


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Colchester Bike Week Bike Ride

Mass Participation Charity Ride

Meet at Leisure World, (by the skate ramps), at 11am on Saturday for a gentle cycle ride for all the family . Led by experienced ride leaders, discover the hidden gems of Colchester. We'll head out to a nice village on the outskirts of the town and have a refreshing drink in a family-friendly pub before returning by 2pm.

Young Children's Festival in Colchester


CTC Cycle Champions is bringing lots of bike fun to the Young Children's Festival at Castle Park in Colchester. Come along for:


  • Free bike checks  - first come, first served, from 11am;


  • A guided gentle bike ride along the riverside paths at 11am;


  • Lots of bikes, bike seats and trailers to try for all the family;


  • Cycle fun for kids;


  • Help to ride a bike for all ages;


Cycle to Castle Park Colchester


Castle Park is hosting the Wellbeing in the East Roadshow on Saturday 17th May with the intention of making you feel great and showing off the amazing range of community projects happening in the Borough.


And there’s lots of fun on bikes for all the family thanks to CTC Cycle Champions. Amongst the attractions are:


  • Free bike checks  - first come, first served, from 11am;


  • A guided gentle bike ride along the riverside paths at 11am;


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