On 16th April the first 120 bikes arrived and Rosie is busy engaging local bike mechanics and volunteers to build the bikes so they are ready to ride. The applications went live on Monday 19th April for eligible residents living in Clacton and Jaywick, apply here.

 The first bikes will be distributed in June. The feasibility for a new BMX and all wheel cycling facility in Jaywick is progressing well, with a full feasibility report completed with five potential options for site locations.

We have received over 300 applications in the first few days, and we are busy working through them. This does mean that we will be creating a waiting list because of the demand, but we will keep all applicants informed about developments. We have a limited number of bikes available to giveaway initially, due to unprecedented demands for new bikes across the world, but have secured a large quantity for later on in the year. Therefore, if you are unsuccessful in this first phase, 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, so please keep an eye on Active Essex’s social media for future details of how to get involved.

For more information click here