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Best Foot Forward is a pilot project to introduce more physical activity into routine daily journeys.

The project will run between May and October 2016 and is being piloted in Mile End because it has such a strong local community, a good range of sustainable travel options, and is fairly close to the town centre.

Walking, cycling, using public transport and car sharing for short local trips such as to the station, local shops, school and the town centre is a great way to add activity into busy schedules. It also helps reduce traffic congestion and benefits the environment and air quality through reduced car use.

The Best Foot Forward project is aimed at residents living in the following roads and roads leading off:

  • Bergholt Road /Braiswick as far as the A12
  • Mile End Road/Nayland Road, Boxted Road (as far as the A12) and Mill Road as far as the Northern Approach Road
  • Wallace Road, Hakewill Way and Dickenson Road

We will also work with local primary schools – Mile End, Braiswick, North and Queen Boudica; secondary schools St Helena’s and The Gilberd, ┬ábusinesses including Asda and Turner Rise Retail Park and Colchester Hospital.

The Best Foot Forward team will be putting together a programme of support, promotions and activities, including offering personal travel planning corresponding to individual needs.

This will include Bikeability confidence sessions and follow up support rides for adults and children in the summer holidays; highlighting of accessible quick links and short routes for walking and cycling to key local destinations such as shops, schools, High Woods Country Park, the hospital, the station and town centre. In addition, there will be opportunities to take part in challenges, themed led walks, Nordic walking and health walks and information on fun activities by bike over the summer.

Best Foot Forward is a Colchester Borough Council project being facilitated by the Colchester Travel Plan Club