Q. What is Essex Pedal Power?

Essex Pedal Power is a community-based bike project which will allow residents in Jaywick Sands and Clacton to loan a new bike free of charge.  The scheme will provide low cost, sustainable travel modes to key communities within Tendring, increasing access to employment opportunities at local sites such as Gorse Lane and Bull Hill Industrial Estates in Clacton, higher and further education opportunities via access to the train station and key local services in nearby locations. The pilot plans to distribute up to 2000 bikes which will have a significant impact on the activity levels of local people with a planned impact on health and wellbeing. Only 3% of people cycle regularly in Essex, although it is a popular form of travel and leisure.


Q. How is the project being funded?

The project has received £2.3m investment through the Getting Building Fund, managed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) on behalf of the Government, with an additional £100k of match funding from the Essex Local Delivery Pilot which is tackling high levels of physical inactivity in low-income communities across Essex. Further details of the full list of the South East LEP’s Getting Building Fund projects, descriptions, values and outputs can be found here.


Q. Who is able to apply for a free bike?

To be eligible for a bike under the Essex Pedal Power scheme, applicants must:

  • Live within Jaywick Sands or Clacton, with priority given to residents of the following wards: Bluehouse, Coppins, West Clacton and Jaywick, Pier, St James and St Johns
  • Be aged 12 years or over

Applicants must:

  • Agree to use the bike frequently (weekly) or return the bike if not used
  • Agree to GPS monitoring of bike usage


Q. Can more than one person from the same household apply for a bike?

Yes.  There is a maximum of 2 bikes per household as part of the programme.


Q. How do I apply to Essex Pedal Power to get a bike?

Local residents can apply for an Essex Pedal Power bike either online here, or by phone 03330 136330. If you need any assistance in applying, or require a paper form, please contact the team on 03330 136330 or essexpedalpower@activeessex.org 


Q. When will the scheme open?

Applications for Essex Pedal Power are now open and the first phase of bikes will be loaned to successful applicants from June 2021.


Q.  I don’t know how to ride a bike; can I still apply for a free bike?

Yes, you do not need to know how to ride a bike to participate in the scheme. Training will be provided free of charge within the local community to those who do not know how to ride a bike, or would like to build confidence in cycling on the road.  More information on cycle training will be provided if your application is successful.


Q. If I take part in the scheme what sort of bike will I receive?  

All bikes will be a new high quality, traceable lightweight hybrid bike suitable for roads and cycle paths.  A range of bikes will be available to suit different needs, and we are investigating the inclusion of e-bikes and cargo bikes.


Q. If I am successful and receive a bike, will I need to buy anything else?

As part of the scheme successful participants will receive a bike, as well as a helmet (fitted to the correct size), a gold standard D Lock for safety purposes and a hand pump fitted to the bike frame. Each bike will also come with standard reflective lights and mud guards.


Q. Where can I find out further information and keep up to date on the scheme?

Please keep an eye on the Essex Pedal Power webpage. This page will continue to be updated over the upcoming months.


 Q. Will this scheme be open to people living outside of Clacton or Jaywick Sands? 

This a new partnership scheme which will initially be piloted within key areas of Clacton and Jaywick Sands. These areas have been selected for a number of reasons including low levels of physical activity and limited sustainable travel options. The aspiration is that Essex Pedal Power will be rolled out to other areas of Essex if the pilot is successful.


Q. I work in Clacton but live outside of the areas identified within the criteria.  Am I still able to apply for a bike? 

The scheme is currently only open to those people who live within Jaywick Sands and Clacton.


Q. If my application is successful, how long can I keep the bike for? 

The bike is initially loaned to participants for a period of a year.  If the bike has been used at least once a week during this time, the applicant is able to keep the bike at the end of the loan scheme.  The Essex Pedal Power team will monitor bike usage via a GPS tracking system, which will provide data on how frequently the bike is used.


Q. What does infrastructure upgrade mean?   

ECC are investigating the proposal of upgrading the section of cycleway (Clacton NCR150) along Marine Parade West & East, Clacton to Jaywick Sands. Additionally, new sections of a route are to be investigated along both sides of the A133 towards Clacton train station.

The extents to be investigated at the north-eastern end are the junction of the A133 Carnarvon Road/Station Road (Jacobs will be designing the section between Station Road and the train station). The route is then South-East along the A133 Carnarvon Road and Anglefield, then south-west towards the pier along Marine Parade East.

The route then continues along the existing Upper Promenade and present cycle facilities, all the way to the proposed Cycle Hub near the Brooklands/Lotus Way junction in Jaywick.


Q. When will the cycle path upgrades work begin? 

Scheme design is expected to be completed by May 2021.  Following the recent announcement of funding a detailed programme of works will now be undertaken, with further details provided in due course. Furthermore, the promotion of the coastal path between Clacton and Jaywick Sands will be part of a new two year project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund which will run activities to encourage local people to cycle on the path.