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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;


CTC at Castle Park Colchester Festival


Activities in Colchester for all the family in the beautiful Castle Park.

CTC will be bringing lots of bikes and equipment for families to try.

DR Bike will check your bike out for FREE and we'll have lots of information and advice.

Young or old, try out the Cycle Skills circuit.

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Santa is Cycling to Town ... in Braintree

Everybody is welcome on Santa's Cycle Ride around Braintree on Sunday 1st December.

There will be a FREE and friendly cycle ride circling the town using many of the cycle paths and quiet routes that Braintree has.

The ride will start at 1pm at Cycle Life on Rayne Road and staff will be on hand to provide free bike checks.

The ride will come back in good time for the switch on of the Christmas Lights and there will be prizes for the snazziest-dressed Santa's helpers.

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Pumptrack and Pumpkins – new cycle track opens in Tiptree on Halloween!

After two years planning, the new pump track at Tiptree in Essex will be opened this half-term by CTC, the national cycling charity (Thursday 31 Oct,11am ).

Press Release October 17 th 2013

To add to the fun of the Grove Park pump track's launch the grand opening will have a Halloween theme.

Richard Monk CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Essex said “We couldn’t resist some pumpkins for the Pumptrack launch which will happen on Halloween, which luckily this year falls during half-term. As well as berms and rollers to negotiate there may be some ghosts and witches to spot too!”

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Telephone: 07960 349405

Mad cycling in Maldon

Cycling at Maldon quayside
Discover the hidden beauty of Maldon and the surrounding countryside on a bike.

Discovering Maldon’s muddy depths

There’s nothing murky about the beauty of Maldon on a bike and CTC’s cycle rides take you on a trip around all the hidden gems.

We’ve taken people on cycle rides of discovery, exploring historic Beeleigh, enjoying the panoramic views at Heybridge Basin, reaching the spires of Wickham Bishops and the wild, flat expanses of the Dengie Peninsular.

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Bikes in Braintree

Santa cycled with CTC into Braintree town centre
The Tour de France passes through Braintree and there is some wonderful countryside that CTC’s cycle rides will help you to explore.

Brill bikes in Braintree

It’s not that well-known but Braintree has a wonderful hidden network of great traffic-free and quiet cycle paths which means you can get anywhere around the town and then out along stunning routes such as the Flitch Way and around Great Notley Country Park.

We’ve got rides every Wednesday at 10am and a ride on the second Sunday of the month, at 11am. Both rides start from Cycles UK in the High Street. 

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Chelmsford Chainlinks

Cycling in the sun from Riverside
Welcome to Chelmsford Chainlinks. We’re a group who got cycling thanks to a project run by CTC with the support of Chelmsford and Essex Councils. Most of us hadn’t cycled for years but CTC looked after us and encouraged us as we progressed each week.

Cycling in the City

CTC’s cycle rides are open to all and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome. We take it gently and always have a chance to chat and stop for a coffee. Join us and discover some of the nice, quiet routes in the City and the countryside around.

Thursdays at 10am

Saturdays at 2pm

Both rides meet outside the entrance of Riverside Ice and Leisure on Victoria Road. All ages and backgrounds are welcome.

For more information contact Peter.


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