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Community Cycle project

Donate your old bikes to help the local community!

Do you have any unused bikes, skateboards or rollerskates or you no longer need? Donate your unwanted items to our Community Cycle project, every item donated gives you the chance to win a family voucher for Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Park!

We will also be offering 2 home collection dates on the 31 May and 7 June if people are unable to get to the donation points. This service can be booked via or the Anti Loo Roll brigade's Facebook page.

Free bike checks with Dr Bike will be available at the following drop off points:
Ride London Colchester 27 May 10am-2pm Wilkins & Sons Tiptree Jam, Tearoom
Ride London Chelmsford 28 May
ARU Chelmsford
Community Picnic 2 June
Colchester Castle Park
Community Cycling 3 June
Colchester Castle Park
Get Monkwick Moving 4 June
Monkwick Family Fun Day, The Play Park on the Green, School Rd, Colchester
Children’s Festival 11 June
Upper Castle Park, Colchester
Leisure World 20 June
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester
St Cedds Coffee Morning 27 June
St Cedds Church, Iceni Way, Colchester
Sea Cadets Hythe Quay Family Fun Day 10 July
St Cedds Church, Iceni Way, Colchester
Community Cycling Car Park Pop-Up 23 July 10am-4pm Kingsland Church, London Road
Eco Festival 3 Sept
Lower Castle Park, Colchester

An exciting community cycle pop-up event will be landing in Tiptree to celebrate the RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, arriving in Colchester.

Residents and visitors will be able to drop into Wilkin and Son tea room car park from 10am – 2pm on 27 May, for a range of cycle related activities and information.

The pop-up event will launch the second round of Colchester City Council’s hugely successful Community Cycle project, where residents can donate their unused bikes, to be refurbished and used by local community groups.

There will be a drop off point there on the day, and anyone who donates a bike will receive a voucher for a FREE cream tea, to redeem that day at the iconic Wilkin and Son tea room!

The Community Cycle project is funded by the Active Essex ‘Find Your Active fund’ and is made possible by the support of partners En-form, Route 51 and Colchester Anti Loo Roll Brigade.

Dr Bike, the professional cycle maintenance service run by En-Form, will offer free cycle checks for anyone who drops in on the day and free safety equipment will be given out.

Continuing the cycle theme, the brilliant e-cargo bike team will be on hand with a host of electric cargo bikes. They will be available to discuss the benefits and advantages and even give people the opportunity to try one out.

In addition to this, the Council’s CAReless pollution team will be in attendance, to give out information and advice about practical things we can all do to help improve air quality in the city.

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