Essex Pedal Power is one of the flagship programmes of the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP). The scheme provides FREE bikes to residents in the county’s most disadvantaged communities, to significantly increase cycling, active travel and physical activity levels. Working together with Essex County Council, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) and other key partners, the inclusive programme aims to make cycling accessible for everyone providing access to employment, training and educational opportunities or key local services. The plan is to giveaway over 5,000 bikes by 2025 focusing on the six Levelling Up areas recognised by Essex County Council. Essex Pedal Power is a multi-agency programme, delivering on multiple agenda’s and outcomes.

The inspiration to develop Essex Pedal Power comes from Birmingham, where initially the City Council, and subsequently, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), pioneered ‘Big Birmingham Bikes’ in 2016. To date, over 9,000 bikes have been given away in some of the most deprived communities in Birmingham. Birmingham identified that the biggest barrier to cycling in disadvantaged areas is the cost of a quality bike, which is currently around £500. This cost makes it impossible for millions of people to cycle.

Essex Pedal Power launched in Clacton and Jaywick in June 2021, and hundreds of bikes have already been distributed, out of a total of 1,300. Friendships have formed, communities have strengthened and the project has become so much more than just a free bike scheme.

There is a quality wrap around support for all residents who receive a bike, including free learn to ride sessions, bike maintenance and led bike rides. All Essex Pedal Power projects are committed to using and developing the local cycling infrastructure, including dedicated cycle paths, cycle lanes on roads, and community bike parking.

Watch our Essex Pedal Power Videos!

Essex Pedal Power Launch

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Essex Pedal Power Project Delivery

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Essex Pedal Power 1 Year Celebration

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Clacton to Jaywick Cycle Path Opening

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Colchester September 2023

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Due to its success, Essex Pedal Power has launched in Colchester, Basildon and Harwich and Dovercourt and is now also giving away children’s bikes on Canvey Island. The aspiration of additional areas across Essex in the future. Find out more about each of the Essex Pedal Power programmes below:

Clacton & Jaywick Sands

If you live in Clacton and Jaywick Sands, you could be eligible for a FREE Essex Pedal Power bike! Click the link below to find out more about the community-based project and information on how to apply.

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Greenstead, Colchester

We are excited to announce that Essex Pedal Power has expanded into Colchester! Click the link below, to find out more and to apply.

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We are excited to announce that Essex Pedal Power has expanded into Basildon! Click the link below, to find out more and to apply.

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Harwich & Dovercourt

We are excited to announce that Essex Pedal Power has expanded into Harwich & Dovercourt. Click the link below, to find out more and to apply.

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Essex Pedal Power takes on Ford RideLondon-Essex

This year, we’re excited to have two people from the Essex Pedal Power community, take part in Ford RideLondon-Essex! After receiving their Essex Pedal Power bikes a couple of years ago and catching the cycling ‘bug’, Andrew and Denise are challenging themselves to cycle 60 miles in the mass participation event on Sunday 26 May 2024, which begins in London, then through the Essex countryside and finishing back in the city, with the finale on Tower Bridge. We will be following their training journey and they are hoping that this challenge will help to inspire fellow members of the Essex Pedal Power community.

Meet Andrew and Denise below and find out more about Ford RideLondon-Essex here.

Andrew Hobson
I’m Andrew and a few years ago I received my Essex Pedal Power bike. Cycling has become more than just an activity for me,...
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Denise Birch
I’m Denise and 18 months ago, I received my Essex Pedal Power bike from the Clacton and Jaywick Sands programme! Since collecting my bike,...
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