Essex Pedal Power Colchester will provide over 700 FREE high-quality bikes to residents living in eligible postcodes within Greenstead. Everyone who receives a bike will also be provided with a helmet, lock, pump and lights, and can access free learn-to-ride and cycle confidence training sessions with qualified instructors. The Essex Pedal Power team will also support recipients to maintain their bike.
The scheme aims to provide a low-cost and sustainable mode of travel, helping Greenstead residents to access employment, education opportunities and key local services. This is an inclusive scheme and where possible, we will help those with differing needs with access to cycling opportunities on specially adapted bikes.
The Essex Pedal Power team will work with the community to create new cycling groups, providing more opportunities to cycle and help people develop social connections through cycling.
Essex Pedal Power in Colchester, is a partnership of the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot, Essex County Council, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), Colchester City Council, Colchester Borough Homes, Sport England, Cycling UK, London Marathon Foundation (LMF) and We Are Colchester.
How to apply
We’re overjoyed that you would like to apply for a free bike and join the Essex Pedal Power Colchester family. The project will initially loan a high-quality bike free of charge to eligible residents in Greenstead for a period of 6 months. If the bike has been used regularly during this time, the recipient will have the option to keep the bike at the end of the loan.
Before you complete your application form, please use our Postcode Eligibility Checker to see if you’re likely eligible to receive a free bike.
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