Essex Pedal Power

Essex Pedal Power is a community-based project which was originally piloted in Clacton and Jaywick Sands starting in 2021and which has now been rolled out to Basildon, Colchester (Greenstead) and Harwich. Free quality bikes are given out 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 are loaned for a year, however, if the traceable GPS tracker indicates that the bikes are being used regularly, residents can keep the bike.

Additional support services are being delivered including training packages to assist residents to learn to ride a bike and basic bike maintenance training 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.

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