Essex Pedal Power launched in Clacton and Jaywick Sands in June 2021, with funding to giveaway 1,300 bikes, each with a GPS tracker, helmet, lock, pump, and lights. Every eligible applicant has free access to training in learn to ride, cycle confidence, and bike maintenance sessions and a number of informal cycling groups have since emerged, which offer regular social bike rides. Essex Pedal Power has already distributed hundreds of bikes to eligible residents in Clacton and Jaywick Sands and the operation is currently scheduled to run until March 2025.

In addition, the Essex Pedal Power Wheels for All project has been approved for Tendring. This £500,000 project will provide cycling opportunities for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions across Tendring.

Since launching, Essex Pedal Power has already made a positive impact to the lives of those who have received a bike, as well as creating new community cycling groups, a brilliant cohort of volunteers and regular learn to ride training sessions. Statistics show that riders have increased their life satisfaction score, decreased their anxiety score, and significantly decreased their car journeys.

Currently, each week there is an average of:

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

 

How to join the waiting list

We’re overjoyed with the response we’ve had to the Essex Pedal Power programme in Clacton & Jaywick since June 2021. Due to its huge success so far, we unfortunately do not have enough bikes to meet the demand and can’t guarantee you will receive a bike once you have applied. However, we do not want this to discourage you from joining our waiting list, if you are interested in joining the Essex Pedal Power community and becoming a regular cyclist!

The project will initially loan a brand-new bike free of charge to eligible residents within Clacton and Jaywick Sands for a period of 6 months. 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 Osyth, St James and St Johns, will be given priority.

We have a limited number of bikes available so they will be released in phases, and there will be no guarantee you will receive a bike.

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 or join the Essex Pedal Power Community Group on Facebook here.

View our 2023 Clacton & Jaywick Impact Report
Join the waiting list here

Cycling Opportunities

Whether you are a complete beginner to cycling, would like to build confidence on the road or keen to learn bike maintenance, Essex Pedal Power and Big Bike Revival are offering free sessions to residents in Clacton and Jaywick Sands. Find out more by clicking the button below:

Register your interest

If you are interested in a Learn to Ride session, please contact Becky Dowling on 07707 282907. All other sessions, feel free to just turn up!

Upcoming dates to be added soon.

Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for Essex Pedal Power? There are plenty of opportunities to join this fabulous community, so to find out more and to sign up, click here.

 

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in touch with a member of the Essex Pedal Power team, please call 01255764692 or pop into the office:

Essex Pedal Power Office

Unit 8, The Enterprise Centre

Lotus Way

Jaywick Sands

Clacton on Sea

Essex, CO15 2LU

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
How do we use your data?

Data Protection Act 2018

The information you provide is confidential and subject to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. This personal data will be held and processed by Active Essex (Sport and Physical Activity Partnership) and The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) (Reg. number 7595) for the purpose(s) of providing and monitoring the effectiveness of Essex Pedal Power (EPP) and comply with any statutory duty in relation with public health placed on the local authorities, including service communication purposes. The data will also be shared with Essex Highways for transport monitoring. The personal details you provide may also be shared with third parties for the purposes of undertaking research, for the provision of appropriate services, as part of any statutory duties requiring such disclosure and to protect the public funds the Council collects and administers on the basis that they treat the information as confidential. Any data may be used to prevent fraud or the misuse of resources. For further information of our privacy notice, please visit: https://www.essex.gov.uk/privacy-community. You can also contact us if you have additional questions.

Will my bike be fitted with a GPS tracker?

Bikes in Clacton & Jaywick will be fitted with a GPS tracking system. This will enable the Essex Pedal Power team to monitor how the bike is being used, for data collection and evaluation purposes. Recipients will be selected at random to receive a GPS-tracked bike.

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 01255 764692. If you need any assistance in applying, or require a paper form, please contact the team at essexpedalpower@activeessex.org

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.

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 6 months.  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?

The new cycle path was completed and opened in April 2023.

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