Essex Pedal Power


We are delighted with the response to the opening of our applications for Essex Pedal Power. We have received over 300 applications in the first few days, and we are busy working through them. This does mean that we will be creating a waiting list because of the demand, but we will keep all applicants informed about developments. We have a limited number of bikes available to giveaway initially, due to unprecedented demands for new bikes across the world, but have secured a large quantity for later on in the year. Therefore, if you are unsuccessful in this first phase, 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, so please keep an eye on Active Essex’s social media for future details of how to get involved.

Applications open, apply here.


Essex Pedal Power is a new and exciting community-based project being piloted in Clacton and Jaywick Sands, which allows eligible residents to apply for a new FREE quality bike. The new programme aims to make cycling available for everyone. The pilot scheme is the first of its kind to be rolled out in Essex and plans to distribute over 1,300 bikes in phases throughout 2021-2023.

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

The project will initially loan a brand-new bike free of charge to eligible residents of Clacton and Jaywick* for a period of a year. If the bike has been used at least once a week 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 is an inclusive project and will provide bikes for adults and children over the age of 12, with specially adapted bikes available for those with differing needs. Training packages will be offered free of charge to assist residents in learning how to ride a bike, build confidence and basic bike maintenance.

The project will create new community cycling clubs and also the potential build of a major new cycling facility in Jaywick Sands for children and young people. Essex Pedal Power will be piloted in Clacton and Jaywick Sands, and if successful will be rolled out to other areas of Essex. The project will replicate the success of Big Birmingham Bikes led by The Active Wellbeing Society which has distributed over 7000 bikes over the past 5 years.

Essex Pedal Power is initially funded with investment from Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot and the Government’s Getting Building Fund, managed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). The SELEP funding will also create a new cycling path from Jaywick Sands to Clacton Pier and Clacton train station.

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.

For more information, visit our FAQ page here and read our press release here

SELEP website

Big Birmingham Bikes website

Read How Essex Changed the system to tackle Cycling Inactivity here