If you want to reduce your car use, below are useful links for exploring alternative options.
If you live in Mile End you can use the MyPersonalTravelPlan to help plan your journey and see what options are available. If you live outside Mile End you can use Travelinesoutheast to help plan your journey.
For distances of up to 2 miles or for a short walk at the beginning or end of a bus or train journey, walking is an active, reliable and enjoyable way to travel.
When you walk you can take advantage of short cuts, one way streets and other routes that cars are unable to follow.
The average walking speed is about 20 minutes per mile.
There is no one website to link you with but google maps isn't bad. The journey planner for walking isn't very good but if you like maps and use it as a base map to plot your own route you can look for the small connecting paths.
Keep an eye on the Colchester Orbital, a circular walk/cycle route around the periphery of the town, taking advantage of and connecting some of its loveliest green spaces and off-road pathway networks. The route follows existing public rights of way, linking with cycle paths wherever possible, and aims to appeal to the widest range of users. There are also connecting routes into the town centre. Myland Community Council and Walk Colchester (the orginators of the Colchester Orbital) are working together to develop the Mile End segment of the Colchester Orbital, as this project develops information will be available via the Myland Community Council website.
If you are a complete beginner to running we recommend you try the Coach to 5k programme, which is designed to get you off the couch and running in 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step instructions via a free app.
The Colchester Cycle Map shows the off road and on road cycle network and highlights the many quiet roads that are suitable for cyclists who are not confident cycling on busy roads
If you would like to improve your confidence to cycle, Safer Essex Roads partnership offers Cycle Confidence one to one sessions for adults, Bike ability for children and Learn to Ride for adults and children struggling to master the skill of cycling. Adult courses cost £10, children's course are either £10 or free.
If you need information about where to buy a bike or help to maintain it, the Colchester Cycle Campaign website gives lots of useful advice.
For up to date information on what is happening locally on the cycling front, inspiration from local cyclists, downloadable maps and a monthly newsletter visit Cycle Colchester.
Travelling by bus is a good way to introduce some active travel into your daily routine with a walk either end of your journey.
The main bus operators in Colchester are Arriva, First and Hedinghams plus there are some small operators.
You can check out routes and timetables using Essex Bus Info
Each operator offers a range of daily, season, adult, child and family tickets for use on their own services.
If you want to use more than one operator for your journey, there is a multi-operator ticket called the Colchester Borough Card valid on First, Arriva and Hedingham services.
This is available on a daily, weekly , monthly, quarterly, six monthly and annual basis. You can purchase daily tickets on the bus or season tickets via the different operators mobile apps, or from the First ticket office in St Botolphs. You can also purchase mobile tickets.
The operators apps often include real time information as well as route planning and M-ticketing options
Travelling by train is a relaxing way to get to work or for a leisure trip if your destination is a reasonable walk or short cycle or bus ride from the station. You can use the time on a train productively whether for catching up on work or catching up with friends, something you can't do when you are driving.
It is a good way to introduce active travel into your daily routine as well.
Greater Anglia are our local train company. Their website provides the latest deals, information about taking your bike on the train, timetable and real time information as well as a downloadable app.
If you are travelling outside the Greater Anglia network, the websites below provide journey planning information.