Phase one of Essex Pedal Power Basildon will provide 600 FREE high-quality bikes to residents living in the borough. Every person who receives a bike will also be provided with a helmet, lock, pump and lights, and have the option to access free learn to ride training, cycle confidence and bike maintenance sessions.

Essex Pedal Power Basildon aims to provide a free method of active travel, helping Basildon residents to access employment, training, education and key local services, working alongside the Basildon Council Small Changes Big Impact campaign. As part of Essex Pedal Power Basildon, there are aspirations to develop new community cycling clubs to provide more opportunities to cycle and to help people develop social connections through cycling.

Essex Pedal Power Basildon is a partnership of the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot, Essex County Council, The Active Wellbeing Society, Basildon Borough Council, Sport England, London Marathon Foundation and Basildon University Hospital.


Register your Interest

If you live in Basildon and are interested in the Essex Pedal Power project, whether that be in applying for a bike, volunteer opportunities or bike training, please express your interest by completing the form below. The Essex Pedal Power team will keep your details on file and will be in touch in the near future.

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Your details will need to be shared with Essex Pedal Power's third party partners, The Active Wellbeing Society and Basildon Borough Council, as they will be running the project on the ground. Please tick to confirm you are happy for us to share your details.

What is Essex Pedal Power?

Essex Pedal Power is a community-based cycling project which will allow residents in Basildon to loan a new bike free of charge.  The scheme will provide low cost, sustainable travel modes to key communities within Basildon, increasing access to employment opportunities at local sites such as Pipps Hill Industrial Estate and Basildon Hospital, as well as higher and further education opportunities, and key local services in nearby locations. Essex Pedal Power plans to distribute 600 bikes in Basildon which will have a significant impact on increasing opportunities, reducing carbon emissions and increasing 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?

To enable Essex Pedal Power to expand into Basildon, funding was initially secured from the London Marathon Foundation, the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot and the Basildon and Brentwood Health Alliance Tackling Inequalities fund.

How do I apply for an Essex Pedal Power bike?

Bikes will be distributed in a number of  ways during phase 1 of Essex Pedal Power Basildon, which will being in early 2023. Applications will open as this process is finalised. If you want to be kept updated, please fill out the expression of interest form above.

I don’t know how to ride a bike, or haven’t ridden a bike for a long time, is training available?

Yes, you don’t need to know how to ride a bike to be involved in Essex Pedal Power. We are working with the Essex County Council Cycle Training team to provide free training to those who do not know how to ride a bike or would like to build their confidence.

Will there be an opportunity to learn how to look after my bike?

Yes, there will be free bike maintenance sessions available where you learn how to inspect your bike, make any adjustments and fix any issues you may have.

If I receive a bike through Essex Pedal Power Basildon what sort of bike will I receive?

Phase 1 of Essex Pedal Power Basildon will distribute 600 high quality, lightweight hybrid bikes supplied by Raleigh. These bikes are suitable for roads and cycle paths. We will have a range of designs to suit different needs. We are working to explore e-bikes, cargo bikes and adapted cycles as part of future elements to the programme.

If I receive a bike will I need to buy anything else?

People who receive a bike will also receive a helmet, a gold standard D lock and a hand pump. Each bike will come with reflectors, bike lights and mud guards.

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

The bike is initially loaned to participants for six months. If you are enjoying using the bike you will be able to keep the bike and equipment, for free.

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