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.