Essex Pedal Power in Harwich and Dovercourt will allow eligible residents in specific postcode areas, including Parkeston and Bathside Bay to apply for a new FREE quality bike to be used for a variety of purposes including cycling to work, school, shopping, and leisure. The scheme will distribute over 600 children’s and adult bikes in phases throughout 2023-2025. Free training will also be provided to learn how to ride a bike, gain confidence when cycling on roads, and bike maintenance.
The Essex Pedal Power Harwich and Dovercourt project will create new opportunities including bike ride leaders, bike mechanics, and new community cycling groups.
Essex Pedal Power in Harwich and Dovercourt is a partnership of the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot, Sport England, Essex County Council, NHS Suffolk and North Essex, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), Tendring District Council, the London Marathon Foundation (LMF) and CVS Tendring.
How to apply
The project will initially loan a brand-new bike free of charge to eligible residents in Harwich & Dovercourt 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.
We have a limited number of bikes available so they will be released in phases. If you are unsuccessful in the first few phases, 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 and the community Facebook page for future details on how to get involved.
(Please see the map below for priority areas)