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Women in the Driving Seat Event

Women in the Driving Seat Event

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There are a few places left for our free community based car confidence and self-protection evening ‘Women in the Driving Seat'. This event is open to everyone, including men and young learner drivers, it is not a sales orientated evening, includes refreshments and is completely free of charge. 

The event is hosted by Thurlow Nunn at 174-188 High Street South, Dunstable, Beds. LU6 3HS, at 6.30 for a 7pm start on Wednesday 18th November. You are most welcome to bring colleagues, friends or a partner with you.

The evening will include a seminar on safer driving, coping with road-side emergencies and how to deal with ‘road rage’ and aggressive driving behaviour in others. There is also a ‘weekend workshop’ module during the evening when visitors can learn how to carry out routine maintenance on their own car, including changing a wheel in safety using the jack and tools found in the boot. Lastly, there is practical role-play tuition on personal awareness & self-protection by martial arts specialist Andy Williams.

Women in the Driving Seat is supported by the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Foxy Lady Drivers Club, both of which will be attending. The whole event lasts approximately 2 hours and is scheduled to finish at around 9pm.

If you wish to attend please e-mail: maralyn.gorringe@ntlworld.com or telephone 01992 503129. Please be sure to mention the date of this event in your reply.

Highly commended for walking and cycling

Highly commended for walking and cycling

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Luton Borough Council has been commended at the National Transport Awards for work that has led to significant increases in walking and cycling in Luton over the last three years.

​Recognition was made in the ‘excellence in walking and cycling category’ during a prestigious ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.

Luton’s submission outlined how we have achieved a 20 per cent growth in journeys undertaken on foot and 40 per cent increase in cycling from 2011-14, by encouraging modal shift. Special mention was given to journeys to and from school and work and the creation of realistic and alternative routes for walkers and cyclists.

Related schemes have also seen promotion of Luton’s parks and open spaces, and encouragement for residents to become more active and healthy.

Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for transport planning and infrastructure, said: “The award recognises a lot of hard work, not only by us, but also partners including Sustrans, the Luton and Dunstable Cycling Forum, Stockwood Park’s Discovery Bike Project and JMP, who led our successful personal journey planning promotion.”

Achievements include:

  • creating six new community cycle hubs, providing training, rides and maintenance for more than 500 young people and adults
  • cycling promotion with key employers, and improved cycle parking for businesses, community groups and rail stations
  • bikeability training for more than 7,000 school pupils
  • improved infrastructure for walkers and cyclists across the borough, through traffic calming, bus priority measures and 20mph zones

Cllr Castleman added: “Provision of the Luton Dunstable busway shared use path and work to refurbish the Riverside Way cycle and footpath has been particularly popular, and there is also now significantly improved access for walkers and cyclists around M1 J10a and into the town centre.

“The real success of our work is the knock-on benefits this will have on health, the environment and reducing traffic congestion.

“In a dense urban environment more than a quarter of Luton’s cycle network is off-road, which demonstrates our commitments to make better use of our open space and improving existing routes.”

Busway Closures

Busway Closures

Sections of the Guided Busway to close on Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th November.

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Sections of the Guided Busway to close on Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th November 2015 for Landscape Maintenance.

Sunday 8th November 2015

Guided Busway closed from New Bedford Road - Chaul End in both directions and from Blackburn Road - Portland Ride - Station Road.

Clifton Road, Stanton Road, White Lion and Portland Ride bus stops will be closed from 07:00 - 16:00

Sunday 15th November 2015

Guided Busway closed from Chaul End - Station Road.

Stanton Road bus stop will be closed from 07:00 - 16:00

Busway services will continue on road.

The Busway cycleway/footpath will remain open.

For more information please refer to Busway.net

Does your workplace need cycle parking?

Does your workplace need cycle parking?

Calling employers in Luton for last few orders to the Park that Bike Scheme!

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To apply for free cycle parking visit http://www.parkthatbike.info 

Luton businesses, community groups, surgeries, shops, offices, churches - in fact almost any organisation that has staff, visitors or customers who arrive by bike are eligible to apply to the Park that Bike Scheme.  We expect the Park that Bike Scheme for Luton to be complete by Christmas 2015 so put in your order now!

Organisations can apply for up to four cycle stands free of charge. Successful applicants will then be responsible for installing the equipment on their own premises in a location agreed with the scheme organiser

Heart-shaped stands, wall-mounted rails, PlantLocks (a combined planter and bike rack) and free-standing ‘toast-racks’ are available.

The Luton Hat Trail

The Luton Hat Trail

The Luton Hat Trail has two routes to follow to walk by the old hat factory buildings.

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The Luton Hat Trail comprises two different tours of the town for you to choose from. Both are designed to cover the most intact
parts of the remaining historic hatting districts of Luton, each with their own architecture and character that are linked together by
the hat trade of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Trail 1 — the Bute Street area — is about a half-mile walk lying south of the railway. It houses a concentration of hat factories and
workshops, which were often large and sometimes of considerable architectural distinction. This trail lies within the Plaiters’ Lea
conservation area.


Trail 2 — the High Town / Old Bedford Road area — lies north of the railway and is roughly a mile long. It covers a more
dispersed area and includes the domestic side of the industry (modest scale workshops attached to houses). Part of this trail includes
an older part of Luton, the High Town Road conservation area.


Both trails start and end at The Hat Factory in Bute Street, by the railway station, where refreshments are available. There are also
several pubs and restaurants along the way. Most of the premises highlighted are not normally open to the public, however some
provide opportunities for visits. This may be possible by contacting the owners directly.

The Cycle Network grows!

The Cycle Network grows!

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Luton's cycle network continues to grow, adding to well established routes such as the National Cycle Network Route 6.  In addition most of the residential streets are part of 20 mph zones where quieter routes can be followed by bike.

The new M1 Junction 10A has an off road shared use path to see cyclists and walkers safely across from London Road to the A1081 to Harpenden with a link into Capabillity Green Business Park.

The Busway from Luton town centre to Dunstable and Houghton Regis has an off road path for cyclists and walkers next to the route (not suitable for road bike tyres).  This provides a link to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and the Luton Town Football Club.

Town Centre improvements - cyclists can travel along Guildford Street which is now a quieter route with local traffic only.  This includes an attractive new area with seating and cycle parking.

The new Inner Ring road by Luton Station from Huckleby Way to Hitchin Road has a shared use cycle and walkway along its full length.

There is also a new on road, signed, quieter route called the White Hill Way.  This shows cyclists the way from the town centre to the Inspire Sports Village in Stopsley and onwards to the Borough Boundary on Putteridge Road where a public byway and bridleway can be followed across country towards Hitchin.

Luton Airport Guide

Luton Airport Guide

see https://www.luton-airport-guide.co.uk

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The Luton Airport Guide has new sections on disabled facilities, special/medial assistance, travelling with children and rules surrounding pet travel. There are also comprehensive guides for 21 other airports by the airport guide.

Check out the website for information on flights, the terminal, transportation, shopping and planning your trip at   https://www.luton-airport-guide.co.uk 

 

Casual Cycle Trainer Vacancies

Casual Cycle Trainer Vacancies

Are you a regular, confident on-road cyclist with a roadworthy cycle to use for training?

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Luton Borough Council is looking for experienced cyclists, who would like flexible working hours and the opportunity to help children and adults achieve the confidence to ride on the road.

Casual Cycle Instructors coach children and adults in groups and individually.  Working hours are flexible as most of the cycle training is carried out in school during weekdays, with some optional evening and weekend work.

Candidates must be willing to undertake appropriate nationally accredited cycle training, first aid training and to cycle around Luton for the purpose of training on a daily basis. To be a fully qualified National Standards Cycle Instructor you have to be 18 years old.   Applications from candidates are accepted from 17.5 years.

Luton Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

Struggling to get to work or college?

Struggling to get to work or college?

Wheels to Work helps Job Seekers

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Do you find it difficult to get to work, education or training because of transport barriers?

Are you registered with Luton, Bedford, Biggleswade or Leighton Buzzard Job Centres?

Wheels to Work offers personal journey planning, bicycle loans and 50cc scooter loans for up to nine months to help you into work or education.

For more information ring 01234 832649 or e-mail angiec@bedsrcc.org.uk

Wheels to Work is operated by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on behalf of Jobcentre Plus and is made possible by the Flexible Support Fund.

Join our car share club!

Join our car share club!

Looking to car share to work - meet our 750 members at travelluton.liftshare.com

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At Travel Luton Liftshare there are now 750 members from Luton and the rest of Bedfordshire!  There are currently 280 members with a regular car journey who are looking for a car share match - could that person be you?

Nineteen car share teams have met through the Travel Luton Liftshare service and are currently sharing their journey to work.  It is predicted that over the next year the car share teams will collectively save 93048 car miles and save 30.6 tonnes of CO2.  The nineteen car share teams will also be financially better off saving £23,185 in fuel and vehicle costs.

Why not join us today at www.travelluton.liftshare.com

Meet Michael - Our Second archery challenge prize draw winner !!!

Meet Michael - Our Second archery challenge prize draw winner !!!

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Michael Adams  recently received  a fantastic Travel Luton Hamper after taking part in our prize draw for completing the archery active challenge, set up in partnership with the Luton Council of Faith’s ‘On target with faith communities for a healthy Luton’ project. The six week beginners’ archery programme encouraged residents to try out the sport to improve health and fitness, and meet new people in their area. The Travel Luton active challenge helped to chart progress over the course and encouraged the archers to choose more sustainable and active ways of travelling to the course each week.

 

Michael who is a retired accountant joined the archery sessions in Bury Park, this was the first time he had received any archery training.  Everyone present at the training session felt included as the instructors gave very clear instructions and ensured everyone participated.

Michael who travelled to the sessions by walking and taking the bus has since then improved in archery and hopes to continue taking part in the sessions, he even recommended the sessions to his son and daughter who have also joined with their children and they have all enjoyed it very much. Michael made new friends at the archery sessions.

We are pleased to see that Michael and his family enjoyed taking part in the archery training sessions and that Michael also found taking part in the Travel Luton challenge very exciting.

Meet Fahad, our first prize draw winner from the archery active challenge!

Meet Fahad, our first prize draw winner from the archery active challenge!

Fahad hit the bullseye when he was selected as one of our prize draw winners and received a lovely Hamper for walking to his archery course each week.

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Fahad Matin was a recent recipient of a fantastic Travel Luton Hamper after taking part in our prize draw after completing the archery active challenge, set up in partnership with Luton Council of Faith’s ‘On target with faith communities for a healthy Luton’ project. The six week beginners’ archery programme encouraged residents to try out the sport to improve health and fitness, and meet new people in their area. The Travel Luton active challenge helped to chart progress over the course and encouraged the archers to choose more sustainable and active ways of travelling to the course each week.

Fahad told us that he regularly walks to his archery course group, which meets at his local church on Friday evenings. The walk takes him around 10 minutes and is the perfect precursor to an active session! Fahad thinks that it is a fantastic community event where all people of all ages congregate to improve their archery skills and meet new friends in their local area. There are approximately 15 members that attend Fahad’s course on a weekly basis which has proved a really successful social event, drawing in people from the local area to take part.

"I enjoy archery and I find it relaxing. The whole team is like a second family to me and I have made many new friends through the programme; it's also fantastic to have a venue where we can meet every week". Fahad has also found that he is meeting new friends each week through the programme. His parting words to us were that he would encourage everyone to get involved in a hobby that interests them, to learn new skills and develop friendships within the local community!

We’re delighted that Fahad has found participating in the archery programme and taking part in the Travel Luton challenge a worthwhile experience, making him a very well deserved winner!

Paul’s Story

Paul’s Story

Find your New Year's inspiration by taking a leaf out of Paul's book!

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Paul works for Luton Borough Council as an adviser to assist young people with learning difficulties. He attended a health screening at his workplace where his BMI was confirmed as very obese. He was referred to an exercise programme and while he was feeling self conscious about his appearance, persevered with the help of people at the gym who Paul says were fantastic and very supportive.

The results he has achieved speak for themselves and he has lost 3.5 stone and around 9inches from his waistline. Paul is quite short in stature so this represents a very big percentage.

The activities he has enjoyed most are walking and going to gym and is enjoying his new slimmed down appearance. His self confidence has improved dramatically and he feels much fitter.

His statement to others is “If I can do it, so can you”, and he has encouraged some of his work colleagues to start an exercise programme as they have seen the results of Paul’s efforts for himself.

He knows the action he has taken will prolong his life and he has set himself a target to run in the Luton Half Marathon in 2015. We wish him well with this new goal and feel sure he will achieve it.

Meet Craig, Luton’s very own cycling champion!

Meet Craig, Luton’s very own cycling champion!

We invited Craig in to talk to us, to share his inspirational story of getting back on two wheels after speaking to Travel Luton.

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Craig first heard about Travel Luton at our ‘Dr. Bike’ promotional event in October at Luton Rail station and was intrigued to find out more!  He signed up for a challenge, committing himself to try and cycle on a daily basis. Craig found the Travel Luton maps and other resources a great support and used the incentive of some new cycle lights as encouragement.

All in all, Craig has been cycling for approximately five years and says that “we all have to reduce our carbon footprint and everybody should try sustainable modes of travel where ever possible”. Craig believes that sustainable transport methods can help to bring communities together and improve your health whereas driving alone in your car can be isolating.  Using public transport provides the opportunity “to make new friends and you can sometimes gain the opportunity to meet and speak to somebody from a different walk of life that you may have not come across or spoken to usually.”

Craig aims to continue to travel sustainably wherever he can and intends to use the resources provided by the Travel Luton team to continue reducing his carbon footprint and improving his health.  We wish Craig all the best and hope he can continue to cycle every day!

December prize draw winner

December prize draw winner

James Manger has thoroughly enjoyed increasing his walking levels as a result of taking part in a Travel Luton challenge.

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James Manger was keen to sign up to take part in a Travel Luton walking challenge in August of this year when he was greeted at his door by one of our team. James wanted to commit to walking into town with his wife Zoe around three or four times a week instead of using the car. After successfully completing his challenge, James returned his postcard to us and was later announced as our December prize draw winner!

James and his wife Zoe were very pleased when they were presented with their new Hamper and MP4 player. Zoe said ‘I’m very much looking forward to taking the Hamper to Yorkshire where we go for walking holidays and to visit family’.

Congratulations James and Zoe, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Travel Luton!

Our November prize winner - William Joyce

Our November prize winner - William Joyce

We caught up with William who has been walking more as a result of his Travel Luton challenge!

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William Joyce happily agreed to take on a Travel Luton walking challenge in order to improve his health and fitness levels, when we spoke to him on his doorstep recently.

William initially felt time constraints were a significant barrier to walking but since he has retired he has wanted to incorporate active travel within his daily lifestyle. During his career, William was a Class 1 referee and semi professional footballer for 19 years in total!  He then went onto pursue a career in the Gaelic Games; William says ‘walking is an excellent replacement form of exercise for me as it is shorter in duration and I enjoy it’.

Since completing the Travel Luton challenge, William now continues to walk every day and overall feels much fitter and has a greater sense of wellbeing.  For completing his challenge and returning this to us, William was the lucky winner of an MP4 player to listen while he walks!  Congratulations, William!