Essex Pedal Power is a new and exciting community-based project being piloted in Clacton and Jaywick Sands, which allows eligible residents over the age of 12 to apply for a new FREE quality bicycle. The new inclusive programme aims to make cycling accessible for everyone providing access to employment, training and educational opportunities or key local services. The pilot scheme is the first of its kind to be rolled out in Essex and will distribute 1,300 bikes in phases throughout 2021-2023, and if successful will be rolled out to other areas of Essex.

Free training will be offered to successful applicants who want to learn how to ride a bike, gain confidence in riding a bike, and understand basic bike maintenance.

The project will create new community cycling clubs with the aspiration to build new cycling facilities, which support the programme and provide more opportunities for residents to take part in cycling.

Essex Pedal Power is a partnership of Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot, Essex County Council, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), Tendring District Council, Sport England, Cycling UK and local stakeholders and community groups.

 

How to apply?

The project will initially loan a brand-new bike free of charge to eligible residents within Clacton and Jaywick Sands for a period of a year. If the bike has been used regularly during this time, the applicant will be able to keep the bike at the end of the loan. The Essex Pedal Power team will be able to monitor the bike usage via a GPS tracking system, which will provide data on how the bike is used.

Essex Pedal Power has identified wards within Tendring where residents will benefit most from becoming a regular cyclist. Residents living in wards Bluehouse, Coppins, West Clacton and Jaywick, Pier, St James and St Johns, will be given priority.

We have a limited number of bikes available so they will be released in phases. If you are unsuccessful in the first few phases this summer, your application will automatically be carried over into the next round.

In the meantime, there is still lots to get involved with, including free cycle training and led rides where we can lend you a bike to take part. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in bike building, supporting training and led rides, or to help build a local cycling club. Please keep an eye on Active Essex’s social media for future details on how to get involved.

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FAQS

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 1,300 bikes which will have a significant impact on the activity levels of local people, improving participants health and wellbeing. Only 3% of people cycle regularly in Essex, although it is a popular form of travel and leisure.

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. Additional money has been received from Sport England and the Essex Local Delivery Pilot, creating a programme value of £2.7m. Further details of the full list of the South East LEP’s Getting Building Fund projects, descriptions, values and outputs can be found here.

Who can 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
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.

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

Local residents can apply for an Essex Pedal Power bike either using the button above, 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

When will the scheme open?
Applications for Essex Pedal Power are now open, and the first phase of bikes were loaned to successful applicants on 12 June 2021, with further bike giveaways planned throughout the summer.
I don’t know how to ride a bike; can I still apply?

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.

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

All bikes will be a new high quality, 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 potential inclusion of e-bikes and cargo bikes later in the programme.

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.

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

Please keep an eye on this page it will be updated over the upcoming months.

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

This is a new partnership scheme which will initially be piloted within priority 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.

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.

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.

How can I keep my bike safe?
Bikes will be monitored by GPS tracking, which will provide a rich picture of data in terms of participants, distance, frequency, and locations being cycled to, which will help inform future strategies within the council. All participants will be issued with helmets and bike locks and additional local community bike storage solutions will be incorporated within the programme as the scheme progresses.
What does infrastructure upgrade mean?

The proposals include enhancing the current cycle route from Jaywick Sands up to Clacton Pier and installing a new cycleway from Clacton Pier to Carnarvon Road for access to the train station.

There is an existing National Cycle Network (route 150) which runs from Jaywick along the coast up to Frinton-on-Sea. The proposal is to utilise the existing cycle network up to Clacton Pier making improvements.

Road space on Carnarvon Road will be reallocated to allow for the installation of the cycleway but will not affect traffic flow once completed. The pedestrian crossing facilities on Carnarvon Road will be upgraded from a zebra crossing to a parallel crossing which allows cyclists to cross the road without having to dismount.

When will the cycle path upgrades work begin?

Consultation will be taking place over Summer 2021.

The aim is to start minor works and improvements from September 2021 and to complete by the end of March 2022.

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.

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