Essex Pedal Power
Essex Pedal Power is a community-based project which is being piloted in Clacton and Jaywick Sands from spring 2021 onwards. Free quality bikes have been given to qualifying residents to encourage them to become more active and enable them to travel to work, school, college, shopping and/or leisure.
Essex County Council received funding towards Pedal Power from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, managed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and Essex Physical Activity Local Delivery Pilot (LDP).
Under the scheme the bikes will initially be loaned for a year, however, if the traceable GPS tracker indicates that the bikes are being used regularly, residents will be able to keep the bike. Alongside the bike scheme, the programme will include significant upgrades to the existing cycling infrastructure between Jaywick Sands and Clacton, including direct access to Clacton train station, Clacton High Street and the Pier. The consutlation for this is currently live.
Additional support services will be delivered including training packages to assist residents to learn to ride a bike and undertake basic bike maintenance as well as new cycle infrastructure, including local storage facilities and bike parking which will be planned and delivered in partnership with the local community. The project will create new community cycling clubs, and the feasibility of a new cycling facility in Jaywick Sands for children and young people.
If successful, the pilot will be rolled out to other areas across Essex.
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